Innovators: Innovators

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MASTERING THE CURRENTS OF SUCCESS

by wade on February 28, 2015

OFFSHORE LABRADOR IS NOT A PLACE FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. So Judith Bobbitt felt completely in her element when, in 1978, she took her dream job as a physical oceanographer aboard an oil industry vessel. “At sea I felt completely at peace,” she says recalling her short career as a working member of the team collecting data on temperature, salinity, current speed, and interpreting it for multinational drilling operations in the Davis Strait and on the Labrador Shelf. Not even the initial seasickness on each trip could deter her. Read more.

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THE FLUID DYNAMICS OF BUSINESS

by wade on February 6, 2015

MOST PEOPLE LOOK AT A WAVE AND SEE WATER CRASHING IN ON ITSELF, BUT NOT Randy Billard. For him each wave is a marvel of mathematical possibilities. He is stoked by how wave energy is transferred and the tremendous forces it can exert. And he’s proud of his ability to use mathematics, physics, and computational software to visualize and model the wave interaction with small vessels and produce training simulation programs for vessels at sea.   Read more.

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SPEEDING SLOWLY TOWARDS EFFICIENCY ON THE HIGH SEAS

by wade on January 26, 2015

(St. John's, NL; 19 Jan. 2015) Large vessels that transport cargo, oil and other goods over large distances require a lot of fuel and to save time they move fast. However, Maritime transport within the EU faces challenges such as significant increases in transport volumes, growing environmental requirements and a shortage of seafarers. The concept of an autonomous ship would mean the unmanned vessels would move more slowly, be much more environmentally friendly and address the EU goals for reducing shipping related greenhouse gases. Read more.

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HARNESSING THE MOTION OF WAVES

by Admin on January 26, 2015

Having grown up in coastal Newfoundland,  Daniel Hoyles has seen, heard and felt first hand the power of the ocean. Now the ambitious Memorial University bachelor of commerce alumnus and chief operating officer of Grey Island Energy is developing a technology to harness the ocean’s immense wave energy to power everything from a house along the coast to a massive offshore oil rig. Read more.

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NEW APPLICATIONS FOR DOPPLER PROFILERS

by Admin on January 25, 2015

As more countries consider alternative, renewable sources for energy, the need for accurate methods to assess the impacts of these new technologies is growing.Dr. Len Zedel is the associate dean of Science (graduate and research) and a professor in Memorial University of Newfoundland's Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography.   Read more.