Project management, research, teaching
Total responsibility for the maritime subsidiary of FlightSafety International, a high technology training company for the aviation and marine industries. Duties included overall supervision and administration of staff, training, research projects, simulator engineering, marketing, and advertising. During my tenure, MarineSafety opened 6 centers with a total staff of nearly 100 full and part time employees and realized annual revenue of $10 million. Significant accomplishments include the following:
Won three contracts with the U.S. Navy to establish their very first simulator based ship handling training centers. Using privately funded initiatives, I led the teams to construct buildings, staff, equip, and design training curricula for centers in Newport, RI; San Diego, CA; and Norfolk, VA. Over 5000 Navy officers trained at these centers each year.
Negotiated a contract with the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in Washington, DC to privatize the operations of the Computer Aided Operations Research Center (CAORF) at the US Merchant Marine Academy. Directed the management and total upgrade of this maritime research facility. Supervised many research projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Port Authorities of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Charleston, and others. Assisted the National Transportation Safety Board in its marine accident investigations, including a study of the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska. I was the Managing Director of this facility in addition to being Director of MarineSafety International.
Established a world class international maritime training and research center in the heart of the Port of Rotterdam, Holland, busiest port in the world. I had to broker a joint venture between FlightSafety International and the Port Management of Rotterdam to realize this facility. Led the team that built the building, installed simulators, and hired staff. Became Executive Director of MarineSafety Rotterdam as part of my duties as Director of MarineSafety International.
Testified as an expert witness before 5 Congressional subcommittee hearings on the use of simulation for port development and pollution control and avoidance.
Published over 20 professional papers on simulation based education and training.
Spoke and chaired sessions at numerous conferences in the U.S., Canada, England, the Netherlands, Germany, and Norway
Conceptualized and developed the unique Bridge Wing Simulator used by the U.S. Navy and commercial ship operators since 1987.
In charge of daily operations, maintenance, training, and upgrade of the maritime training facility at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. 1977-1983
Second in charge of the team that established the very first ship handling simulator in the United States. My responsibilities included developing the training philosophy, curricula, and courses.
Directed and participated in training on simulators for: Ship Handling, Radar/Automatic Radar Plotting Aids, Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) cargo transfer, and Steam Power Plant Engineering.
Created the first Bridge Resource Management (BRM) training for ship operating companies, adapting the aviation model of FlightSafety International to the maritime industry.
UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY 1974-1976
Taught on the college level as Assistant Professor of Nautical Science at the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point on Long Island, New York. Teaching load included up to 16 class hours per week. Taught: stability and trim, ship construction, seamanship, safety, firefighting, and cargo handling.
Part of the academic team to be the first to successfully introduce women into a Federal service academy.
Established counseling function to bolster student academic performance.
U. S. MERCHANT MARINE 1966-1977
Sailed in every capacity from third mate to chief mate on nearly every type of ship: container, break bulk, passenger, tanker, and bulker. Maintain current license as Chief Mate of Steam and Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Ph.D.
Graduated with 3.91 average. 1987
UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY B.S.
Graduated with degree in Marine Transportation 1966
Chief Mate license, unlimited, oceans
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TEAM LEADING – BUDGETING AND PLANNING - TEACHING AND SPEAKING – COURSE AND CURRICULUM PREPARATION – INTERVIEWING AND HIRING – MARKETING AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT