Richard J. Seymour

, Chair of the WTEC Panel on Research Submersibles and Undersea Technologies, is Director of the Offshore Research Center and Senior Chair in Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Seymour heads the only U.S. national engineering research center that is dedicated to ocean engineering research. The mission of the Center is basic research that will assist economical oil and gas production at great depths (2 to 3 km). The Center's research activity has included fluid/structures interaction, advanced composites for deep ocean applications, and seafloor engineering, with particular emphasis on innovative foundations and structural reliability. Formerly, Dr. Seymour headed ocean engineering research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego. In addition, he has headed a number of major ocean engineering research programs, and has published over 150 papers, books, and reports in his field.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Seymour obtained his Ph.D. at Scripps. He is a member of the Marine Board of the U.S. National Research Council and is active in the Marine Technology Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

D. Richard Blidberg is the Director of the Marine Systems Engineering Laboratory at Northeastern University's Marine Science Center in East Point Nahant, Massachusetts.

Mr. Blidberg has been involved in the development of autonomous underwater vehicle systems for over 20 years. He began his career in industry, where he was involved in the development of underwater acoustic systems and their applications in the polar regions. He subsequently assisted in the founding of the Marine Systems Engineering Laboratory of the University of New Hampshire. In that laboratory's new home at Northeastern University, Mr. Blidberg continues to focus on the development of intelligent systems technology for undersea applications, particularly architectures for intelligent control. He has been responsible for the current EA VE system architecture program since 1976. Mr. Blidberg has served on a number of committees focused on undersea systems technology, and has organized a series of international symposia on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology. Mr. Blidberg has published over 40 papers and technical reports, and has consulted for a number of companies on AUV technology development.

Mr. Blidberg is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He has served on the board of directors for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems, and has been involved in many activities of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society and the Marine Technical Society.

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Larry L. Gentry is a Program Manager for underwater vehicles in the Marine Systems Group at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc., in Sunnyvale, California.

Mr. Gentry has 30 years experience in the subsea and marine industry. From 1983 to the present, he has managed a number of underwater vehicle development programs. He has been responsible for fabrication and testing of UVs, and for planning and supervising research and development projects for advanced technologies, including autonomous command and control, acoustic and optic communications, advanced structural materials, and precision inertial navigation. Formerly, he was involved in the development and installation of subsea oil and gas production systems, and was one of the inventors of Lockheed's one-atmosphere subsea completion and production system. He has designed and operated both manned and unmanned undersea systems. Mr. Gentry holds nine patents or patents pending for marine systems and equipment.

Mr. Gentry has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University. He is a past member of the Marine Board of the U.S. National Research Council, and has served on submersible and diving consulting panels for the American Bureau of Shipping and Det Norske Veritas.

Algis N. Kalvaitis is the Senior Engineer and Operations Director for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Undersea Research Program (NURP).

Mr. Kalvaitis is responsible for providing technical support and guidance on undersea vehicles to ensure that the NURP's undersea research objectives are technically feasible, safe, cost-effective, and efficient. He previously managed several major projects associated with the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Program, which explored the ocean as a renewable power source. He has also been involved in the design, testing, and evaluation of instrumentation systems and platforms for oceanographic and meteorological measurements. Mr. Kalvaitis has published articles on undersea technology developments and platforms, ocean thermal energy conversion, data quality assurance, and marine instrumentation.

Mr. Kalvaitis received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine, Orono. He is a member of the Marine Technology Society's Undersea Vehicles/ROV Committee, and of the Current Measurement Technology Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In addition, he is a member of the Engineering Committee on Oceanic Resources Working Group for Marine Robotics.

Michael J. Lee is a Senior Engineer with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute of Monterey, California.

Mr. Lee is involved in research in task-level controlled unmanned underwater vehicle systems. He developed and managed the institute's research programs for underwater remotely operated vehicles and underwater instruments. He was instrumental in developing the scientific ROV Ventana, which has conducted over 500 scientific research missions off the coast of California. Formerly with Hewlett Packard Laboratories, where he headed the Control Systems Department, Mr. Lee is experienced in research in electromechanical systems, including printers, plotters, instruments, and robotics. Moreover, he managed the Laboratories' efforts in manufacturing technology, including robotics, design for manufacturability, and computer-integrated manufacturing.

Mr. Lee received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is a member of the Marine Technology Society and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

John B. "Brad" Mooney Jr., a Retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy, is an independent consultant to ocean engineering and research managers.

Admiral Mooney is a member of the Board of Directors of Coltec Industries; a member of the Marine Board of the U.S. National Research Council; a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Marine Laboratories; and serves on the Naval Studies and Ocean Studies panels of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is a former President of the U.S. Marine Technology Society, and is the former President and Managing Director of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Inc. of Fort Pierce, Florida. Admiral Mooney retired from the U.S. Navy in 1987. His 34 years of commissioned military service included numerous assignments involving ocean engineering and research and development. He served in several submarines and commanded one. He is a former Officer in Charge of the bathyscaphe Trieste II. He piloted Trieste II when it located the submarine Thresher. He was Chief of U.S. Naval Research and served as Oceanographer of the U.S. Navy, directing the Navy's Oceanography, Meteorology, and Hydrographic Survey Organization. In addition, he has served in an advisory capacity for oceanographic technology issues to both the White House and the U.S. Congress.

Admiral Mooney is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the U.S. National Engineering Honor Society.

Don Walsh is President of International Maritime Incorporated (IMI), a marine industry consulting company located in Los Angeles Harbor, California.

Dr. Walsh has been associated with ocean science, engineering, and marine policy for over 30 years. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and held the rank of captain at the time of his retirement. He spent 15 years at sea, mostly in submarines, and was the commanding officer of a submarine. In addition, he worked in ocean-related research and development for the U.S. Navy. A former Dean of Marine Programs and Professor of Ocean Engineering at the University of Southern California, Dr. Walsh founded and directed the university's Institute for Marine and Coastal Studies. In 1989, his company, International Maritime Incorporated, formed a joint venture with the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology to establish an underwater maintenance company, Soyuz Marine Service, which continues to operate in the Russian Federation.

Dr. Walsh has a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master's degree in Political Science from San Diego State University, and a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Texas A&M University. He was appointed by Presidents Carter and Reagan to the U.S. National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere, was a member of the Law of the Sea Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of State, and served as a member of the Marine Board of the U.S. National Research Council from 1990 to 1993.


Norman Caplan

is the Head of the Bioengineering and Environmental Systems Section of the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Mr. Caplan supervises a Section of the National Science Foundation that supports U.S. research in several bioengineering disciplines involving ocean systems engineering. The Foundation's Ocean Systems Engineering Program focuses on research in subsea technology and coastal zone utilization. In addition, Mr. Caplan has been actively engaged in promoting the Foundation's international activities, and served as the Chairman of the Foundation's Coordinating Committee for Research in Intelligent Robotics Systems. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1973, Mr. Caplan held positions with U.S. academia and U.S. companies involved in research in undersea technology, ocean vehicles, and advanced naval communications.

Mr. Caplan received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from New York University. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), is Past President of the Robotics and Automation Society, and is active in the Marine Technology Society (MTS). He is the U.S. Delegate to the International Advance Robotics Program and to the International Ocean Technology Congress.

Michael J. DeHaemer is the Director of the Japanese Technology Evaluation Center/World Technology Evaluation Center at Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. DeHaemer is a former Captain in the U.S. Navy and submarine commander. He is founder and Director of the Lattanze Human Computer Interface Laboratory and is a specialist in the applications of synthesized speech and automated voice recognition systems as computer interface output and input. On the faculty of the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College, he is the Chairman of the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, where he currently teaches Information Technology and Strategy, the Human-Computer Interface, Applications of Expert Systems and Neural Networks, and Production Management. Dr. DeHaemer has research interests in business applications of artificial intelligence and the methodology of technology assessment.

Dr. DeHaemer received his Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Notre Dame, Master's degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, Master's degree in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, and Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Published: June 1994; WTEC Hyper-Librarian