John B. "Brad" Mooney Jr. (Panel Chair)

Affiliation: U.S. Navy, retired

Address: 2111 Jeff Davis Hwy., #1009 S, Alexandria, VA 22202

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, and a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Marine Laboratories. He 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 on several submarines and commanded one. He is a former officer in charge of the bathyscaph 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.

Hassan B. Ali

Affiliation: ONR/Asian Office

Address: Akasaka Press Center, 7-23-17 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106, Japan

Hassan B. Ali was born in London, England, in 1943. He received the B.S. degree in physics from the City College of the City University of New York, New York, in 1966; the M.S. degree in physics from the American University, Washington, D.C., in 1971; and completed most of the formal requirements for the Ph.D. degree in acoustics from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1977. He is presently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of New Orleans.

He began work at the David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center (DTNSRDC) in 1966 where, from 1966 to 1980, he was engaged in research in structural vibration, acoustic radiation, and acoustic scattering (target strength). From 1980 to 1982 he worked at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland, in the area of strategic and tactical communications (primarily acoustical). In 1982 he joined the SACLANT Undersea Research Centre in La Spezia, Italy, where for almost four years he worked in the areas of environmentally induced acoustic transmission fluctuations and seismo-acoustic propagation. Since 1986 he has worked at the Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (NRL), in the areas of very low frequency (VLF) seismo-acoustic propagation and oceanographic variability. He was recently selected to be the next associate director for Ocean Science and Engineering, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Asia (Tokyo), effective July 1996.

He has written in the fields of structural vibration, underwater acoustic radiation, communications (acoustic and electromagnetic), seismo-acoustic propagation, transmission loss fluctuations, oceanographic variability, etc. Mr. Ali is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

D. Richard Blidberg

Affiliation: Northeastern University, Marine Science Center

Address: Marine Systems Engineering Laboratory, East Point Nahant, MA 01908

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 Experimental Autonomous VEhicle (EAVE) 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 B.S. 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.

Larry L. Gentry

Affiliation: Consultant, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc.

Address: P.O. Box 3504, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-3504

Larry L. Gentry has recently retired from a position as program manager for underwater vehicles in the Marine Systems Group at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., 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 (UV) 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 B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University and an M.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.

John C. Moniz

Affiliation: ONR/Office of Naval Research

Address: 800 N. Quincy St., Bldg. BCTI, Code OOR, Arlington, VA 22217-5660

John C. Moniz is assigned to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Division, Indian Head, Maryland as head of the Propellant Formulation Branch, Research and Technology Department. His technical expertise lies in the areas of gun and solid rocket propellant formulation, gun system technology, gun propellant processing, and propulsion system development. His program management experience includes serving as propulsion system manager for the Deadeye five-inch gun-launched, rocket-assisted, semi-active, laser-guided projectile.

Mr. Moniz has recently served as a special assistant (detail assignment) with the Science Opportunities Program at the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Virginia. In that capacity, he was involved in planning and executing the Science Opportunities Program, which was ONR's former Soviet Union science and technology cooperation program (now under the management of ONR/Europe under the new title, "Naval International Cooperative Opportunities in Science and Technology Program"). Since its inception in late 1993, the Science Opportunities Program has co-funded approximately 50 efforts at 35 Institutes of the former Soviet Union.

He had an earlier detail assignment at the Naval Sea Systems Command in the Insensitive Munitions Program Office.

Mr. Moniz received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Don Walsh

Affiliation: International Maritime Inc.

Address: HC-86, Box 101, Myrtle Point, OR 97458

Don Walsh is president of International Maritime Inc. (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 Inc., 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 B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.S. in political science from San Diego State University, and an M.S. 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. Dr. Walsh, along with Captain Picard, has submerged deeper than any human being in a bathyscaph.


Sergey Chechin

Affiliation: Private Consultant for the JTEC/WTEC Office

Address: 244 Hihiwai St., Apt. #1006, Honolulu, HI 96826

Sergey Chechin is a private consultant for JTEC/WTEC. He is also associated with TEG Ocean Services, which specializes in environmental services. Prior to this he worked with Cotton and Frazier Consultants, Inc. as an environmental scientist where he provided characterization of contaminated sites and performed soil, groundwater, and soil vapor sampling as well as supervised environmental drilling. From 1992 to 1994 Mr. Chechin worked for Atlantis Submarines Hawaii, L.P. as a mechanic. In addition to troubleshooting electronics and electrical and mechanical equipment, he maintained and repaired submarine systems. He also developed the conceptual layout for a unique underwater system for mooring line to facilitate installation/retrieving.

From 1990 to 1991 Mr. Chechin worked in the position of general manager for Telex, a private firm in St. Petersburg, Russia, providing hydrological research and modeling the flow of water in the Gulf of Finland as well as evaluating environmental impact and shoal risks assessment due to the contamination developed by a dam in the Gulf of Finland. From 1977 to 1990 Mr. Chechin worked with Krylov Shipbuilding Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. By 1983 he had advanced to project manager at which time he supervised design, construction, and modernization of research manned submersibles as well as the on-board research instrumentation.

Mr. Chechin received his M.S. degree in engineering with a specialization in oceanography from the University of St. Petersburg, Russia in 1977.

Michael J. DeHaemer

Affiliation: ASM International

Address: ASM World Headquarters, Materials Park, OH 44073-0002

Dr. DeHaemer is Managing Director of ASM International, a non-profit society dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through exchange of ideas and information on engineered materials. Previously he served as Director of the Japanese Technology Evaluation Center/World Technology Evaluation Center (JTEC/WTEC) at Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland. He is a former captain and submarine commander in the U.S. Navy. He has also been a 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.

While on the faculty of the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College, he served as the chairman of the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, where he taught Information Technology and Strategy, the Human-Computer Interface, Applications of Experts Systems and Neural Networks, and Production Management. Dr. DeHaemer has research interests in business applications of artificial intelligence and the methodology of technology assessment. He received his B.S. degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame, his M.S. in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and both his M.B.A. in business administration and industrial engineering and his Ph.D. in management information systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Fig. Bio.1. WTEC panel with Russian hosts at Institute for Marine Technology Problems, Vladivostok. Front, from left: DeHaemer, Ali, Academician Ageev and two staff members. Rear: Chechin, Gentry, Moniz, Walsh, Blidberg, Mooney.

Published: August 1996; WTEC Hyper-Librarian