Glenn Blackwood, executive director of the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) announced the appointment Dwight Howse as head of MI’s new School of Ocean Technology. As Head, Mr. Howse will lead the development of the school and its education and applied research programs.
"The ocean technology sector today is being recognized as one of the most important growth areas for the provincial economy," 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.”
Since completing his engineering degrees at Memorial University, Mr. Howse has worked at the Marine Institute in various capacities including teaching, administration, and industrial response and development. Through a secondment with the Canadian Centre for Marine Communications (CCMC), he has worked with various ocean technology companies in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada.
He has co-ordinated training for the offshore oil and gas industry on Canada's East coast and most recently has been leading the development of ocean technology programs at the Marine Institute. In his off hours, Mr. Howse is proud to be a mentor with the Eastern Edge Robotics team who have consistently distinguished themselves in the MATE international ROV competition.
“A significant ocean technology cluster has grown in the province over the past decade or so,” said Mr. Howse. “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.
“From an industrial outreach perspective, the Canadian Centre for Marine Communications (CCMC) will integrate its expertise with the school’s structure to serve as the basis as the industrial outreach and applied research arm of the new School of Ocean Technology,” said Mr. Blackwood. “This step is mutually advantageous for both parties. This structure will allow the school to effectively and immediately establish its industrial activity rather than develop it over a typical 3-5 year time period. Like the program side, the applied research side is well underway and in the last year, CCMC has launched the SmartBay project and Journal of Ocean Technology. The Marine Institute will continue to support and expand these innovative initiatives.”