people & companies models and experiments and has designed arrays for towed sonar platforms. He has created morphologybased detection and Automatic Target Recognition algorithms for resolved and unresolved targets in visual, IR, radar, SAR and sonar imagery. A former Manager of the MIT Acoustics and Vibration Laboratory, he has lectured graduate courses in Spectral Analysis, Sonar, Radar and Seismic Signal Processing and is an expert in data acquisition and experimental design. Dr. Bondaryk is a member of IEEE, ASA, SPIE, EKN and Sigma Xi. Dr. Bondaryk received a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and his Ph. D. in Oceanographic Engineering jointly from MIT and Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution. www.bluefinrobotics.com Superior Offshore Names Rother GM Superior Offshore International appointed Tony Rother as its Quality Assurance/Quality Control, or QA/QC, General Manager. As GM of the QA/QC Department, Rother's primary responsibilities will be to develop and define standards and procedures for all of Superior Offshore Inter-national's divisions, as well as ensure compliance with all defined standards and procedures. Joining Rother in the QA/QC Department will be Howard Mollison, a Saturation Dive Superintendent recently promoted to the position of Compliance Officer. Obituary: Dr. Jerry Stachiw (1931-2007) Dr. Stachiw, was the staff scientist for Marine Materials in the Ocean Engineering Division of the Engineering Department at the Naval Ocean Systems Center in San Diego for many years until his retirement in 1994. He was considered to be the world's leading authority on the structural application of plastics and brittle materials used in external pressure housings and hyperbaric chambers. His books on acrylic plastic, Acrylic Plastic Viewports and Handbook of Acrylics for Submersibles, Hyperbaric Chambers and Aquaria, are the standard references on that subject. Dr. Stachiw authored of more than 100 papers technical papers on the design and fabrication of pressure resistant viewports and on pressure housings of various materials and designs. For his contributions to the Navy's ocean engineering programs, the Navy honored him with the Military Oceanographer Award and the Lauritsen Bennett Award. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers recognized his contributions to the engineering profession by election to the grade of Life Fellow, as well as the presentation of Centennial Medal, Dedicated Service Award, and Pressure Technology Codes Outstanding Performance Certificate. Dr. Jaroslaw (Jerry) Drahomyr Stachiw was born May 23, 1931 in Lviv, Ukraine. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1949 with his parents, received his B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University in 1955 in Mechanical Engineering and that same year married Joan Atkerson. Over the years they had two sons, Michael and Mark. He returned to school after serving in the U.S. Army and received both his Master's and Doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. 48 MTR NOAA Award Named for Snow-Cotter The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) renamed one of the Walter B. Jones and NOAA Excellence Awards in honor of Susan SnowCotter, who was CZM Director when she died on December 13, 2006. The award will be called "The Susan Snow-Cotter NOAA Excellence Award for Ocean and Coastal Resource Management." Susan is being honored as "an exceptional leader in improving both policy and management of ocean and coastal resources on the national and state levels, and in the Gulf of Maine region." May 2007
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