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Dr. Bruce Magnell, Dr. Leonid Ivanov, and Robert Catalano of Woods Hole Group along with Len Fagan of Cape Wind Associates, LLC completed a paper titled Characteristics of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer in Nantucket Sound which will be presented during Oceans ’06 MTS/IEEE-Boston Conference Proceedings at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA from September 18-21, 2006.  In addition, Dr. Bruce Magnell and Bruce Andrews of Woods Hole Group will present a tutorial of an adapted version of the USGS ADCPTools software package which adds new deep-water data processing tools to the original software and is designed to be a work-in-process, so that other users may join with Woods Hole Group to use, maintain, and improve the software.  For more information about the conference, please visit the Oceans '06 website.

Kirk Bosma, Stephen O’Malley and Dr. Lee Weishar will be presenting papers titled Implementation of Advanced Modeling Techniques for Coastal Engineering Alternatives Assessment, Elements of Effective Operational Coastal Observing Systems, and The Development of Creek Bank Morphology within a Restored Marsh as well as hosting a booth at The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) Fall Conference in Long Branch, NJ from October 9-11, 2006.  For more information about the conference, visit the ASBPA conference website.

Dr. Lee Weishar will be attending The 3rd National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration hosted by Restore America's Estuaries (RAE). Please make plans to stop by our booth and listen in to Dr. Weishar's presentation, The Engineering Approach and Challenges to the Delaware Bay Restorations.  The conference is being held at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, LA from December 9-13, 2006. Check out RAE's National Conference website for more details.

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DAVID SZABO JOINS WOODS HOLE GROUP TO LEAD HOUSTON OPERATIONS bringing over 25 years of experience in Metocean services, products, and numerical modeling. As a senior oceanographer, he will enhance the Woods Hole Group’s presence in Houston, which is a major hub for energy and transportation related industries in the Gulf of Mexico and worldwide. As Woods Hole Group’s Houston Manager, Mr. Szabo will be responsible for directing business operations.

“It is always a great boost when you can add an eminently qualified scientist to your team,” said Dennis Aubrey, President of Woods Hole Group. “With David, we have a great scientist with global experience to help guide our vision in the Gulf region.”

Mr. Szabo began his career as an oceanographer with Mobil Research and Development Corporation.  Prior to joining Woods Hole Group, he held various positions including directing operations and initiating many innovative projects with Fugro GEOS, Inc. Mr. Szabo obtained his Masters of Science from Florida State University in 1978 in oceanography, and graduated from New York University in 1970 with a BS in meteorology and oceanography.

SOCIETY OF WETLAND SCIENTISTS AWARDS WOODS HOLE GROUP COASTAL ENGINEER AND SENIOR SCIENTIST, Dr. Lee L. Weishar his certification as a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS). The certification signifies his achievements academically as well as professionally in the wetland sciences.

With more than 20 years experience in coastal engineering and nearshore processes, Dr. Weishar is now one of fewer than 1,300 certified professional wetland scientists in the United States. The certificate not only acknowledges Dr. Weishar’s merit academically and professionally, but also distinguishes him among his peers for maintaining a high ethical standard in the pursuit of wetland science.

“It is an honor to receive such a distinction,” said Dr. Weishar. “Obtaining professional recognition for doing work you love and believe in is doubly rewarding.”

An integral component of certification is a high level of professional performance while still sustaining an academic impact. To that end, Dr. Weishar has distinguished himself with his work including three papers co-written with Dr. John Teal, which were recently published in Ecological Engineering. The focus of the articles was the restoration of marshes within the Delaware Bay.

Woods Hole Group President Dennis Aubrey stated, "We are proud of Lee’s work in the wetlands arena, and this certification distinguishes him among his colleagues."

Dr. Weishar has worked for Woods Hole Group since 1989. Prior to joining Woods Hole Group, he worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers. He received a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from Purdue University in 1982, a M.S. in geophysical oceanography from Virginia Institute of Marine Science and College of William and Mary, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1973.

WOODS HOLE GROUP, INC. AWARDED NOAA PURCHASE ORDER for a new multi-year, multi-task for National Environmental Field Services.  The initial task order awards include the annual routine maintenance of the New York/New Jersey Harbor Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems (PORTS®), and planning activities to support the design and installation of new National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON) stations to address storm surge measurement requirements for the Chesapeake Bay.  The NOAA national award allows Woods Hole Group to provide further support to NOAA for the installation, operation, and maintenance (O&M) of its existing operational data collection programs.  Woods Hole Group is the O&M Contractor for Delaware River and Bay, Chesapeake Bay, and Narragansett Bay PORTS®.  Woods Hole Group was awarded separate annual renewal contracts for each of these systems earlier in 2005.  PORTS® provides quality-controlled real-time operational oceanographic data to support safe navigation in domestic ports and harbors. 

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WOODS HOLE GROUP'S CORPORATE ORGANIZATION KEEPS ON GROWING and we would like to announce developments within our corporate organization:

Robert Catalano has recently been promoted to the position of Vice President of Science Operations.  Robert’s responsibility is to ensure the smooth operation of all field offices, departments and projects in the United States, as well as serving as the project and operational liaison with Woods Hole Group Middle East, LLC.

Robert has more than 25 years experience in the fields of marine instrumentation, coastal and physical oceanographic data collection, project management and general management.


In Marketing, Courtney Lynch has taken on the responsibilities of Marketing Coordinator.  Courtney brings over five years of experience in graphic design and marketing support.  Courtney holds a BS Degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from Northeastern University.

In our Oceanography and Measurement Systems team, we are pleased to announce four new additions: 

Dan Rogers has joined the company taking on the responsibilities of Marine Technician in the Falmouth office.  Dan brings over twenty years of marine field work experience through positions he has held with such notable companies as Marine Research, Inc., Marine Biocontrol Corporation and Bridger Scientific. Dan has a B.S. in Marine Biology from Umass Dartmouth, and is a certified diver.

Deborah Wiebe has joined the company in the role of Administrative Assistant.  Deborah brings a strong background in administrative support working for scientific and engineering organizations.  Deborah will be providing administrative support company-wide, with a focus on working with the  Oceanography and Measurement Systems team and the WHGME project engineering team. 

Sam Berry has joined our Houston field office in the role of Offshore Field Engineer.  Sam brings seven years of experience as an Offshore Engineer with Fugro GEOS, where he gained broad knowledge and experience with a variety of measurement projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Trinidad and Brazil.  Sam holds a BS in Marine Science from Texas A&M at Galveston, TX. 

Kevin Harrison has joined our Delaware field office in the role of Field Engineer.  Kevin most recently held the position of Oceanographer with Fugro GEOS, where he was responsible for development, deployment and offshore troubleshooting and maintenance of real-time deep water oceanographic measurement systems.  Kevin holds an A.A.S. in Marine Technology from Cape Fear Community College, in Wilmington, N.C.

Sam and Kevin both make a strong addition to the organization, and bring unique knowledge and experience that is an ideal fit to complement our existing field staff and support the ongoing growth of our business in the Gulf and Mid-Atlantic regions. 

In the Middle East, the Woods Hole Group Middle East, LLC (WHGME) office has expanded, fulfilling planned growth.

Dr. Abdulkader M. Al-Sari, a leading Saudi scientist and environmentalist, has joined the Woods Hole Group Middle East, LLC in the role of Vice President for Projects.  Dr. Al-Sari brings 30 years of regional and global experience in geology, GIS, remote sensing and scientific research experience to the WHGME operations.  Dr. Al-Sari is a regional scientific and technical expert with 28 publications to his credit and is an active Board Member for The Saudi Geological Society.  Dr. Al-Sari’s significant project roles include Saudi Team Leader for Japanese studies in the application of Remote Sensing in mineral exploration; and Principal Investigator for Spectral Reflectance of Rocks and Vegetation in Saudi Arabia, a 3-year research project aiming to establish a spectral base line of properties of the major rocks and vegetation types in Saudi Arabia.  Dr. Al-Sari has also participated in numerous other projects including Building a GIS for Natural Resources in Saudi Arabia (Rowdat Khyraum); and has conducted many environmental studies covering numerous regions in Saudi Arabia . He was Director for the Natural Resources and Environment Research Institute in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology for 6 years. Dr. Al-Sari holds a Ph.D. in the Application of Remote Sensing in Mineral Exploration from the University of Durham, UK (1989); a Masters in Science Degree in Applied Geology from Faculty of Earth Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (1977); and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Geology and Chemistry from the University of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1971).

Ronald Williams has joined WHGME in the role of Senior Scientist.  Ron is responsible for overseeing program activities and task tracking.  Ron brings a unique mix of scientific knowledge as well as extensive expertise working on environmental engineering projects in Saudi Arabia.  Ron has over 18 years of combined experience working as a Senior Scientist and Environmental Engineer for Saudi ARAMCO.  In addition to his ARAMCO experience, Ron most recently held the role of Environmental Specialist with the Florida Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems.   Earlier in his career, Ron was an instructor of Oceanography at San Jose State University, and also was a Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in the Pacific/Arctic as well as in the Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean.  Ron holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Geology, as well as a Bachelors Degrees in both Geology and Oceanography from California State University, and studied Biological Oceanography at Florida Institute of Technology.

Christopher Lees has joined WHGME in the role of Safety/IT/Logistics Manager.  Chris is responsible for implementing and overseeing safety procedures, and coordinating the IT and logistical needs for WHGME.  Chris’ background makes him uniquely qualified for this position, as he worked on assignment in Saudi Arabia for Ecology and Environment, Inc. for three years in a similar role.  Chris also brings extensive international managerial experience, including consulting, engineering, IT and logistics roles with Compassdata Inc., University for Peace of the United Nations, Development Alternatives, India, and Geoservices International, S.A.  He attended the University of Edinburgh where he studied for Joint Honours in Geography and Economics, as well as Ardlingly College, West Sussex England where he achieved 4 A-levels in Business studies, Geography, French and German.
WHGME is proud to welcome Dr. Alexander Dawson-Shepherd on board as a long-term Consultant, to assist in matters related to marine ecology and general environmental matters.  Dr. Dawson-Shepherd has nearly 25 years of experience in marine ecology, including much time in the Middle East region.  Dr. Dawson-Shepherd will work as a project manager and a business development assistant.

Mr. Mohammed Angawi is joining WHGME in the role of Project Scientist/Engineer. Mr. Angawi has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, Boston Massachusetts, USA, and an M.S. in International Urban and Environmental Management from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.  Prior to joining WHGME, Mohammed most recently held engineering and consulting roles with Oxfam Great Britain and NGO Servbfutilos, working on infrastructure projects based in Timor-Leste. WHGME will be able to utilize Mr. Angawi's significant abilities in a variety of its projects. 

Boris Najafov has taken on the responsibilities of IT Specialist for WHGME.  Boris will be responsible for providing IT support to the WHGME team, including planning and coordinating the installation, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of hardware and software systems for the WHGME operation.

Debbie Connors is joining WHGME in the role of Accounting/Administrative Assistant.  Debbie brings over ten years of strong administrative and accounting support experience through a variety of positions she held while working in the U.K. prior to relocating to Riyadh with her family.  Those positions included Divisional Finance Assistant with a housing association and Accounting Assistant/Office Manager with an engineering firm. 

Abeer Khalil Omran will be joining WHGME as an Administration Assistant in the Ladies office.  Abeer has worked for a number of companies in the Middle East including the Ministry of Health in Abu Dhabi.  Abeer has varied secretarial and administrative experience.  

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WOODS HOLE GROUP JOINS THE MARINE TECHNOLOGY REPORTER "MTR 100", which covers 100 leading companies serving the undersea technology market. 

Check out the Woods Hole Group profile as published in the June 2006 edition of Marine Technology Reporter -

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