New head for School of Ocean Technology
by Stephanie Barrett
Dwight Howse, head of the Marine Institute’s new School of Ocean Technology.
Dwight Howse has been appointed as head of the Marine Institute’s new School of Ocean Technology. The appointment was announced on Nov. 2 by MI’s executive director, Glenn Blackwood.
“The ocean technology sector is seen as a growth sector in the province and the support that we’ve had from the provincial government to create the school has been incredible,” said Mr. Blackwood.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Mr. Howse to this position as he has extensive knowledge and understanding of the ocean technology sector and its emerging technological applications. We see him as the leader who will move this school forward to the next plateau of excellence in teaching, research and innovation.”
As head, Mr. Howse will lead the development of the school and its education and applied research programs. He will direct strategic initiatives within the overall mandate of the Marine Institute and maintain close relationships with industrial and regulatory partners to ensure continuing relevance of programs and applied research activities to local, national and international needs and standards.
A Memorial University engineering graduate, Mr. Howse has worked at the Marine Institute in various capacities including teaching, serving as deputy head of the School of Engineering Technology, and coordinating industrial response.
During a secondment to the Canadian Centre for Marine Communications (CCMC), he worked with ocean technology companies across Canada as a senior engineer, director of the SeaComm program, and director of the SmartShip program. Upon returning to the Marine Institute, he led the development and delivery of a suite of courses for personnel on the Sea Rose FPSO.
Mr. Howse sees this appointment as a challenge and a great opportunity.
“A significant ocean technology cluster has grown in the province over the past decade or so,” he said. “The School of Ocean Technology will fill a niche in that community and contribute to its continued growth through the education and training of highly qualified people with the specific skill sets required by ocean technology companies. Further, the school will provide an avenue for companies to access the ocean technology capacity and capability within the Marine Institute.”
The School of Ocean Technology was established in May 2007 with a $1 million investment from the government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The school will focus on technologies that enable safe, efficient, and effective activity in ocean industries. This includes ocean instrumentation and equipment, marine information and communication technologies, ocean mapping and underwater technology. The school will also provide education and training as well as industrial outreach for the Ocean Technology sector.