people & companies supports the ORION Program. Ball recently joined JOI to manage the Scientific Ocean Drilling Vessel program. As director of the program, Ball now leads JOI's efforts to manage the process that will transform the JOIDES Resolution, the pioneering vessel that has retrieved samples of the Earth's crust and sediments from deep beneath the ocean, into a stateof-the-art research ship and the U.S. contribution to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). Harbor Branch Lauds FAU Partnership Harbor Branch President and CEO, Dr. Shirley A. Pomponi applauded Florida Atlantic University, "We are pleased with the FAU Board of Trustees decision to approve the concept of the partnership between Harbor Branch and FAU. It is with excitement that we anticipate the great things to come from this partnership. With approval of the concept by the Harbor Branch Board of Directors on March 2, and the decision by the Trustees of FAU, our two organizations can now focus our combined energies on moving this initiative through the legislative process and then tackling the task of bringing the complementary strengths in research and education together. We look forward to working with our partners at FAU and with the Florida legislature to create an organization whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts. environmental permitting and client communications, Hays has cultivated close working relationships with various regulatory agencies and program regulators throughout New England. Markunas holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Hays holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Paul Smith's College. FarSounder Gets Patent FarSounder announced the issuance by the United States Patent and Trademark Office of its third US patent for its 3D Forward Looking Sonar Technology. "Once again the FarSounder development team is breaking new ground with the issuance of our latest patent," Matthew J. Zimmerman, founder and VP of Engineering for the company stated." For more information, visit www.farsounder.com OHMSETT Hosts Oil Spill Training Course Ohmsett, The National Oil Spill Response Test Facility, will host a one-week Oil Spill Training Course May 14-18, 2007. Designed with oil spill response management personnel in mind, students will gain enhanced decision-making skills through classroom instruction and hands-on oil recovery operations training in the test basin where they will deploy and operate different types of booms and skimmers (stationary and advancing) to contain and recover REAL oil. Instruction will be provided by Texas A&M University Corpus Christi National Spill Control School. Registration forms as well as a brief description of the course and tentative agenda can be found on the Ohmsett website at www.ohmsett.com/Training_Registra tion.asp. Spaces are still available! For more information, please contact Susan Cunneff at 732-866-7185 X12 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Marine Technology Reporter 51 Aker Oilfield Services Established Aker, Aker Kværner, Aker Yards and DOF Subsea have established Aker Oilfield Services Ltd. The initial ownership will be 75 percent to the Aker companies, through the recently established Aker Innovation entity, and 25 percent to DOF Subsea. Aker Oilfield Services has been established to target the growing market for increased oil recovery services for subsea wells. The company will offer its customers subsea light well intervention services by means of both riserless and riser-based subsea well intervention systems. Markunas,Hays Join WHG Peter Markunas and Beth Hays joined the Woods Hole Group as Coastal Engineer and Environmental Permitting Specialist, respectively. Markunas brings over 35 years of experience in engineering and environmental design, planning, and construction. For the past 20 years, Markunas has been a presence in New England, with specific focus on the lower Cape Cod region of Massachusetts. While working with Markunas for the past six years on www.seadiscovery.com
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