College of Engineering

Forum on Nov. 1 at ATMC features business opportunities in marine science and technology

A forum entitled "Marine Science and Technology Business Opportunities: A Forum for Partnering" will be held at the Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center in Fall River on Thursday, November 1 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to highlight new business opportunities and partnering mechanisms in three key market areas: Ocean Observation; Prediction and Management;  and Offshore Energy, Port,  and Maritime Security.

The event is part of a study conducted by the SouthCoast Development Partnership and funded by the John Adams Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The collaborative is a quasi-public economic development agency in Massachusetts which characterizes and recommends ways to improve the marine science and technology business cluster in the region.

Among the speakers and panelists at the business forum are:  Patrick Larkin, director of MTC's John Adams Innovation Institute; Jean F. MacCormack, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; Cheryl Zimmerman, Farsounder, Inc.; Robert Detrick and John Trowbridge, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Juergen Keil, Rite Solutions; George Rodenbusch, Shell International E&P; Harlin Doliner, Pepe & Hazard; and  Marianne Molchan, Molchan Marine Sciences.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution recently received $97 million from the National Science Foundation to create an ocean observing system off the coast of New England. Many other institutions from around the country are involved, but  the WHOI leaders report that a matching grant of an additional $10 million from the John Adams Innovative Institute helped draw NSF's funding to Massachusetts.

The first panel will discuss the scientific and engineering objectives of the Ocean Observatory Initiative project as well as describe links for industry partnerships.  

In a second panel, offshore engineering and business experts will address the need to develop technologies to work in deeper waters for oil, gas and other energy sources.

The third panel will use two demonstration projects as examples to show how to instrument our ports and train personnel to operate integrated surveillance systems for port security in the region.

The final industry panel will recommend ways to meet the technology and information gaps outlined in each of the earlier panels.

For registration and event details go to

For more information contact Maggie Merrill, event manager, at 617.306.2764 or email

Author: "Maggie Merrill"
Date: 24-10-2007

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