Panel Discussion: The Future of Ocean Sensors

Join the Blue Venture Forum from 3:30-5:00PM on Tuesday, June 7th for a panel discussion about leading edge innovations, challenges, and opportunities in oceanographic sensor development. During this year’s Blue Innovation Symposium we had a lively discussion about the future of sensing and this panel will expand on that topic.
This event will take place face-to-face, at Innovate Newport, 513 Broadway, Newport, RI and there is a virtual option available. Following registration, you’ll receive information about logging into Webex, our video streaming platform.
Panelists include Mike Wardlaw, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Vic Ricci, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Rob O’Malley, Teledyne Marine, and Arnold Furlong, Dartmouth Ocean Technologies.
Speaker Bios:
Michael (Mike) J. Wardlaw, Program Officer, Maritime Sensing, Office of Naval Research (ONR)(Confirmed) He holds a BSEE from North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&TSU) focusing on electromagnetics and a MSEE from North Carolina State University (NCSU) in optical signal processing. Mike, in addition to being a senior engineer for the US Navy is a researcher and engineering instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Developing both passive and active photonic systems, Mike has held several leadership positions within the Department of Navy. As head of the Advanced Systems Concepts Group and Director of Laser Technology, he significantly increased the Navy’s activity in optical signal processing, laser-based sensors, high-energy laser weapons and information theoretic design. His efforts helped reestablish of the Navy’s High Energy Laser (HEL) program. Currently, Mike heads the Maritime Sensing Group at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), funding Naval S&T in acoustic and non-acoustic sensing technologies for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine warfare (MIW). Mike executes a large portfolio that includes Discovery and Invention (D&I) projects, Future Naval Capabilities (FNC’s), and Innovative Naval Prototypes (INP’s) bringing together performers and technology from across the entire government and commercial S&T community. Presently, Mike is a program officer at ONR as well as an Engineering Instructor and Researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Mr. Wardlaw has received numerous Navy citations and awards in addition to being selected as year 2000 National Black Engineer of the Year for Outstanding Technical Contribution in Government. He holds several patents and has been active in the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS), the Association of Old Crows (AOC), the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
Vic Ricci, CTO, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) (Confirmed)Dr. Vic Ricci is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Headquarters and Division, Newport. The CTO is the senior advisor for Science and Technology (S&T) for Commander NUWC, and NUWC Technical Director and has responsibility for S&T activities at DIVNPT and DIVKPT. Dr. Ricci guides the Center in all S&T matters. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Ricci was Director of S&T for the Sensors and SONAR Systems Department at NUWC Division Newport. In this role, he was responsible for leading and focusing the realignment of the Department’s Science and Technology efforts and to revitalize basic and applied research in sensor and sonar technology to meet current and emerging needs in Undersea Warfare (USW) and the Global War on Terror (GWOT). During this time, Dr. Ricci concurrently served as the Technical Project Manager for the NUWC Undersea Distributed Networked Systems (UDNS) strategic initiative as part of the NUWC Technical Director’s Technical Grand Challenge. Dr. Ricci also served as the Technical Manager for the SPARTAN Scout Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) which provided Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) with operational mission capabilities in Force Protection, Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW), Mine Warfare (MIW), and Precision Engagement to the warfighter. In 2003, the ACTD joined the GWOT and deployed the US Navy’s first-ever operational USV with the USS Gettysburg (CG-64) in the Persian Gulf to support missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). In November 2004 and April 2005, SPARTAN completed the US Navy’s first-ever USV live-fire tests at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland with a .50 cal machine gun. The technology development subsequently transitioned to the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. Dr. Ricci was the recipient of the 2004 ACTD Technical Manager of the Year award from the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts (DUSD AS&C). Previously, Dr. Ricci served as the Program Manager for the SPARTAN Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) initiative at NUWC Division, Newport, in which he led the development efforts of a government/industry team and was responsible for development of system requirements and concept of operations for USVs. He has served as Assistant NUWC Tomahawk Program Manager and as Project Manager for the NUWC Tomahawk Test and Evaluation Project.Awards and Accomplishments:• OSD Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) Technical Manager of the Year, 2004• 2003 Patricia J. Dean Award for Excellence in the Area of Management, 2004 • DOD Executive Leadership Development Program, 2000• ASME (Providence Section) Outstanding Engineer of the Year, 2000• Recipient of the Tomahawker Award from RADM Barton D. Strong PEO (CU), 1998 Dr. Ricci holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University as well as a Master of Science degree and a Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Rhode Island.
Rob O’Malley, Technical Business Development Manager, Teledyne Marine.Rob is responsible for the company’s diverse portfolio of Instruments and Imaging sensor technologies in the US Defense market. Prior to joining Teledyne, Rob spent more than seven years with iXblue in North America. In addition to directly influencing the expansion of iXblue’s footprint in the US, to include migration to a new US Headquarters in Lincoln, RI and establishment of US-based manufacturing of the French Parent Company’s products, Rob also led iXblue into the Unmanned Maritime Systems market which is today the company’s largest business area. Rob began his career at Technip in Houston, TX, where he served as a project engineer and business development commercial specialist for numerous critical projects, including efforts that set new records for deepwater production in the Gulf of Mexico, laid early groundwork for today’s expansion of offshore renewable energy developments in the US, and during the Deepwater Horizon crisis delivered technology that ultimately proved successful in containment of leaking oil from the Macondo well prospect. Rob holds a degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for AUVSI’s New England Chapter. He is passionate about technology and loves working with customers and thought leaders to continuously innovate and create new value.”
Arnold Furlong, Founder, CEO President, Dartmouth Ocean TechnologiesArnold Furlong is a serial entrepreneur having two successful exits in his past. Arnold has a B.Sc. and a Mechanical Engineering Degree in hand. However, it has been the excitement of growing a start-up to exit that has seen his passion flourish in the sector. In his past, Arnold has led the development of leading edge automatic CTD profiling systems and innovative acoustic systems. More recently, Dartmouth Ocean Technologies (DOT) has seen the creation and marketing of novel microfluidic Lab-On-Chip (LOC) chemical sensors and samplers. Nutrient sensors and eDNA Samplers are the focus for the future while the V-Wing family of stable depressive tow bodies allows for a standard deployment capability.