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Efficient Wave-Generated Power … Really!

that the waves in the protected portions of Raritan bay are right on scale with the 15:1 model as the ocean waves would be for the full-scale model.While political (to get the permitting to moor the system for real-world trials) and funding issues are rarely easy to navigate, van Hemmen, who went to Harvard Business School, said that he would be shocked if the organization can’t build support among the utilities and the politicians. “The numbers (cost per kWh) are there, and they are convincing.”In fact van Hemmen, always the engineer first, sees the biggest challenge of delivering

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Ocean Infinity Names Paul Helmore as CCO

oilfield related projects.He also managed global business in the Schlumberger Information Solutions group, providing world class software product, data management and consulting services to the Oil and Gas sector. Paul began his career in the Royal Navy, in which he served for eight years.  He is Harvard 2016 Alumni having studied Leadership and Behavioral Economics.Helmore will oversee all aspects of the group’s commercial activities, ensuring that Ocean Infinity fully realizes the commercial potential of its enlarged, fully equipped, three vessel fleet, which is able to serve its customers&rsquo

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WHOI Hires New Chief Development Officer

their programmatic impact. Before working at Groundswell, Clayton was Director of Development & Alumni Relations at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he expanded school philanthropic revenue by more than 400 percent. He has also worked in various fundraising roles at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Habitat for Humanity International, and Boston College

Walter Munk, 2017 (Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

after he first posed them.“From World War II through the 1990s, the U.S. Navy poured financial and logistical support into American oceanography, for its importance in anti-submarine warfare, national defense, and climate change,” said Naomi Oreskes, professor of the history of science at Harvard University. “Walter Munk was one of the leaders of the generation of men and women who used this support to revolutionize our understanding of the oceans, particularly the physical phenomena of waves, tides and currents, and the relationship of these phenomena to basic geophysical processes

Sistac  Diver ready for action. Photo Sistac

SISTAC: Brazil´s Homegrown Subsea Service Provider

Sons Limited – one of the largest listed port and maritime logistics providers in Brazil – where he held his first position as Investment Manager in 1998. From 1994 to 1998, he served as planning and finance executive at Shell Brasil. Gutterres holds a diploma in General Management from Harvard Business School, a MBA from COPPEAD, and graduation in Economics from UFRJ. “I saw a lot of potential in the company, good and engaged people, good assets, good positioning and with possibilities growth in a challenging market. I quickly learned that Sistac is composed of adventure professionals

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WHOI Hires Harp in Advancement, Marketing Role

the Institution’s first Vice President for Advancement and Chief Marketing Officer. Harp has spent much of his career in academic, technology, and research institutions and will begin working at WHOI on October 1.Harp most recently served as the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he has worked for more than eight years. Before working at Harvard, Harp worked in marketing, communications, and business development roles at technology startups in the U.S., Taiwan, and Hong Kong.In his new role at WHOI, Harp will be responsible for communicati

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Studying Aliens of the Deep

species that have yet to be described. However, many of those organisms are soft-bodied—like jellyfish, squid, and octopuses—and are difficult to capture for study with existing underwater tools, which all too frequently damage or destroy them. Now, a new device developed by researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study safely traps delicate sea creatures inside a folding polyhedral enclosure and lets them go without harm using a novel, origami-inspired design. The research

Researchers converted their three-finger soft manipulator to a two-finger version, seen here performing a pinch grasp on an extremely delicate sea cucumber. (Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

A Soft Solution to a Hard Underwater Problem

with soft, delicate underwater creatures, it makes the most sense for your sampling equipment to also be soft and gentle,” said co-author Rob Wood, Ph.D., a Founding Core Faculty member of the Wyss Institute who is also the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “It’s only recently that the field of soft robotics has developed to the point where we can actually build robots that can grasp these animals reliably and harmlessly.”The “soft gripper” devices the

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Ten Institutes Join the Nereus Program

, the addition of 10 research institutes made possible with additional commitments from the Nippon Foundation in 2016, will allow the program to be more comprehensive in its research scope and be more policy-relevant.   New partners include:  University of Wollongong (Australia) Harvard University (USA) University of Washington (USA) Arizona State University (USA) University of South Carolina (USA) Agrocampus Ouest (France) Monterey Bay Aquarium (USA) Stanford University (USA) University of Ottawa (Canada) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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