JAMES B. NEWMAN
PO Box 164 <> Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543 <> USA
phone: 508/548-6665 fax: 508/540-1036
email: jnewman @ whmsi.com
Institute For Exploration/Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT (www.ife.org)
2000-present Chief Engineer (under WHMSI contract)
Responsible for development of several ROVs and related systems,
including 4000 meter ROV “HERCULES”. Management of technical
aspects of IFE’s expeditions, primarily related to underwater vehicles
and shipboard equipment, but also including shore-based network and
video production facilities. Responsible for acquisition and conversion
of a 64 meter exploration vessel, the Nautilus, starting in 2008. Lead
person for technical aspects of IFE expeditions, including identifying
and managing technical expedition teams.
Woods Hole Marine Systems Inc., Woods Hole, MA (www.whmsi.com)
1996 - present President and Chief Engineer;
Small business provides engineering and project management services
to marine research organizations. Detailed technical work on
development and operation of underwater vehicles and associated
systems. Largest projects completed to date are development and
deployment of imaging, survey and intervention vehicle systems for
the Institute for Exploration (Mystic, CT). Other clients include
IFREMER (the French national oceans agency), Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Rhode Island.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA
1989 - 1996 Oceanographic Engineer;
Project Leader for development of Tiburon, a 4000 meter scientific
research ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle). Responsibilities included
technical specification, budget and schedule development and
management, resource management and acquisition of major
components. Was responsible for representing the project with
Scientists, Operators, MBARI management and Board of Directors.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA (WHOI)
1986 - 1989 Research Engineer, Deep Submergence Laboratory;
Responsible for development and at-sea deployment of the software
and computer hardware and sensor systems for the control of the
JASON and JASON Junior Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). JASON
and JASON Junior were designed to perform research and exploration
missions in the deep ocean. JASON Junior was used to explore the
wreck of the Titanic in 1986.
1984 – 1986 Graduate Research Assistant, Deep Submergence Laboratory;
Work on the early technical development of DSL’s underwater vehicles.
Primary task was developing real-time control software to control an
ROV. Also developed mechanical and electronic subsystems and
integrated a manipulator package into an existing vehicle system.
Thesis: "Interactive Path Specification in Supervisory Control of a
1980 - 1983. Research Assistant, Department of Ocean Engineering;
Software development for processing oceanographic data. Also
involved in assembly, testing and deployment of oceanographic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.M., Ocean Engineering, January 1986.
S.B., Ocean Engineering, January 1981.
Invited presenter for the National Academies’ “Future Needs in
Submergence Science” committee, June 2003
Reviewer of research proposals for the National Science Foundation
and the National Undersea Research Program.
Reviewer of articles for Deep Sea Research and Journal of the Marine
Review committee for IFREMER’s VICTOR vehicle system development,
Adjunct Faculty, University of Rhode Island Department of Ocean
Guest Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2003-2004
Adjunct Engineer, Institute For Exploration, 1997-present
USCG Licensed Master (50 Ton Inland)
Board of Directors, Penikese Island School