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Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

University; Oregon Institute of Technology; Prairie View A&M University; Project Radian; San Diego City College; San Diego State University; University of Arizona; University of California Riverside; University of Central Florida; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Florida; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; University of Southern California; and Utah State University.International teams included: Brazil’s Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Canada’s McGill University, University of British Columbia and University of Victoria; China’s Northwestern Polytechnical

Richard Dentzman (Photo: Klein Marine Systems)

Klein Hires Dentzman as Sales Manager

Society, Navy League, U.S. Naval Institute, American Association of Port Authorities and the Mine Warfare Association.    Dentzman holds a Master of Science (MS) in Geological Oceanography from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geology from the University of Illinois

Size-frequency distributions for meteotsunamis for each Great Lake. (Credit: Bechle, A. J. et al. Meteotsunamis in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Sci. Rep. 6, 37832; doi: 10.1038/srep37832 (2016).)

Meteotsunamis: An Underrated Hazard in the Great Lakes

by geography and fed by weather data like wind strength and barometric pressure. The model can provide real-time meteotsunami warnings to help mitigate the threat to property and life on the Great Lakes.   In addition to researchers at UW-Madison, the team includes David Kristovich, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Eric Anderson, NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory; David Schwab, University of Michigan; and Alexander Rabinovich, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.   Funding for the project came from Wisconsin Sea Grant, the National Science Foundation,

Five UC San Diego Professors Named AAAS Fellows

Diego and UC Irvine. In naming him a fellow, AAAS cited Smarr for “leadership in scientific computing, high-performance computing, and cyberinfrastructure.” Prior to joining the UC San Diego faculty in 2000, Smarr spent 20 years as a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was also the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). A fellow of the American Physical Society since 1991 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1994, Smarr was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering

Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN 786) salute after bringing the ship to life during a rehearsal for the submarine's commissioning ceremony. Illinois is the U.S. Navy's 13th Virginia-Class attack submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the state of Illinois. (U.S. Navy photo by Darryl I. Wood)

US Navy to Commission Submarine Illinois

The U.S. Navy is set to commission its newest fast attack submarine during an October 29 ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. The third Virginia-class block III submarine and 13th of the Virginia-class fast attack class, the future USS Illinois (SSN 786) has the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include antisubmarine and antiship warfare, mine delivery and minefield mapping. It is also designed for special forces

Horizon Marine Announces Personnel Changes

Marine to expand into additional markets and new regions. Riffe has been with Horizon for 10 years and as Chief Technology Director.    Heather Zimmerle has joined the EddyWatch team as a Physical Oceanographer.  Heather comes to Horizon Marine with a B.S. in Meteorology from Western Illinois University and a M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University.  While at TAMU, Zimmerle’s academic focus was the hypoxic zone on the Texas-Louisiana Shelf in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and her research contributed to the Hypoxia Data Atlas.  Heather will contribute to the

First Lady Michelle Obama, the sponsor for submarine Illinois, approves the weld of her initials, which is now permanently affixed in the ship. (Photo: General Dynamics Electric Boat)

Michelle Obama Christens Navy's New Submarine

USS Illinois (SSN 786), the 13th submarine of the U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class, was christened Saturday at builder General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Groton shipyard.   The ship’s sponsor, First Lady Michelle Obama, christened the ship by breaking a bottle of Illinois sparkling wine against the submarine’s bow before an audience of approximately 7,500 people. Serving as the ceremony’s principal speaker was Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus.   “We are honored to have the First Lady as our sponsor,” said Electric Boat President Jeffrey Geiger.

First Lady Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama to Christen Navy's Newest Submarine

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama will join builder General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, in christening Illinois (SSN-786), the U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear attack submarine, at an invitation-only ceremony Saturday, October 10.   First Lady Michelle Obama is the ship’s sponsor and participated in the keel laying of the Illinois in 2014. The christening’s principal speaker is Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.   The submarine Illinois is the 13th ship of the Virginia class, the first U.S. Navy combatants designed for the

The Arctic is estimated to hold the world's largest remaining untapped gas reserves  Photo WWF

U.S. Senators Urge Obama to Block Arctic Oil Drilling

control of a drilling rig that year it "put numerous lives at risk, including those of the Coast Guard crews" and those of 18 people on the rig, the letter said. The appeal was spearheaded by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and the letter was signed by other liberals, including Dick Durbin of Illinois and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent. The senators also said drilling in the Arctic contradicted  President Barack Obama's efforts to limit emissions linked to climate change. Shell CEO Ben van Beurden vowed to keep exploring the Arctic at an annual general meeting this week

Dolphins are seen swimming through the oil spilling from the Deepwater Horizon oil well at the height of the spill in 2010. (Credit:NOAA)

Dolphin die-off Spurred by BP Oil Spill

, researchers found, explaining the mammals would have inhaled contaminants coming up for air near the water's surface.   "These dolphins had some of the most severe lung lesions I have ever seen in wild dolphins throughout the United States," said Kathleen Colegrove, the University of Illinois-based lead veterinary pathologist for the study.   Yet BP questioned whether other factors were to blame.   "The data we have seen thus far, including the new study from NOAA, do not show that oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident caused an increase in dolphin mortality,"


Seacor Holdings Posts Q1 Loss of $1.10/Share

to return to service in late April 2015. Equity in earnings from 50% or less owned companies increased by $1.9 million primarily due to improved operating results from the Company's joint venture in the Puerto Rico liner trade and the commencement of a charter for its crude tanker joint venture. Illinois Corn Processing - Segment profit was $4.1 million on operating revenues of $39.6 million in the first quarter compared with $9.5 million of segment profit on operating revenues of $51.0 million in the preceding quarter. The reductions were primarily due to lower sales volumes as a result of reduced

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel advises NOAA on improving services for navigation and coastal resilience. (Credit: NOAA)

New Lineup for NOAA Hydrographic Services Panel

, Mississippi Lawson W. Brigham, Ph.D., University of Alaska at Fairbanks Capt. Deborah Dempsey, Columbia River Bar Pilots, Bellingham, Washington Rear Admiral Evelyn Fields (ret.), NOAA Corps, Germantown, Maryland William Hanson, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, Oak Brook, Illinois Gary A. Jeffress, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas Edward Kelly, Maritime Association of the Port of NY/NJ, New York, New York Frank Kudrna, Kudrna & Associates Ltd., Westmont, Illinois Scott R. Perkins, Surveying and Mapping LLC, Overland, Kansas The

Richard C. Dentzman

Dentzman Joins Teledyne Odom Hydrographic

C. Dentzman has joined the international sales team of U.S.-based Teledyne Odom Hydrographic. Dentzman has worked in numerous offshore research diving and mapping programs and has over 18 years of seafloor surveying and mapping experience. He was received a B.S. in Geology from the University of Illinois, and an M.S. degree from North Carolina State in Geological Oceanography. He previously held positions as owner and CEO of AquaMap, at Triton Elics as Manager of its East Coast Office, iXSea Inc. as its U.S. Sales Manager, Teledyne Benthos as its Business Development Manager for Acoustics &

This visualization, using photo bars, shows impacts of rising lake levels at a set location. (Credit: Marty Drabic.)

NOAA’s Lake Level Viewer Aids Great Lakes Community Planning

view societal and economic impacts. Rising or decreasing lake levels can affect commercial interests as well as shoreline habitats and structures. More than 4,900 miles of U.S. shoreline ring the Great Lakes, of which 3,800 miles are currently mapped on the Lake Level Viewer. The tool covers areas in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Sharp fluctuations Great Lakes water levels are continuously monitored by U.S. and Canadian agencies in the region through a binational partnership. NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, the National

Main: diver uses Diver Mag on reef. Top: diver searches with PT-1. Bottom: Le Griffon.

Historic Great Lakes Shipwreck Possibly Discovered

legendary French explorer Rene-Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle who was attempting to establish a Northwest Passage through Canada. La Salle wanted to provide a faster way to connect France with its trading partners in the Far East and Le Griffon was to be a vital link in the route between Niagra and Illinois. On its maiden voyage the ship sailed through unchartered waters across Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan. On its return trip Le Griffon and her crew of six disappeared. Libert has spent the last 30 years researching historical records and conducting exploratory dives in upper Lake Michigan

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Acquires UPI

International Holdings (UPI), a leading provider of engineering and project management services to the domestic and international energy markets. The value of the transaction is not being disclosed. UPI was a privately held company headquartered in Houston. It also performs work in Oklahoma, Illinois and Louisiana, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Trinidad and Tobago. Huntington explains that UPI has provided a broad range of engineering and project management services to the energy industry for over 50 years. Whether onshore or offshore, from the wellhead to processing facilities

Channel Technologies Acquires H.C. Materials

;s global recognition and leadership in the piezoelectric single-crystal arena, especially within the medical ultrasound market. It also consolidates CTG’s position as a global leader in the ceramic-based piezoelectric industry. HCM’s operations will remain in its current Bolingbrook, Illinois location. CTG will continue to invest in research and development into next-generation applications for piezoelectric ceramics and single-crystals in both Bolingbrook and Santa Barbara. Houlihan Lokey served as financial advisor to H.C. Materials in this transaction. hcmat

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