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									                   JAMES B. NEWMAN
        PO Box 164 <> Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543 <> USA
                 phone: 508/548-6665 fax: 508/540-1036
                     email: jnewman @


Institute For Exploration/Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT (

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 (

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
       Teleoperated Vehicle".

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
       Technology Society.
     Review committee for IFREMER’s VICTOR vehicle system development,


     Adjunct Faculty, University of Rhode Island Department of Ocean
      Engineering, 2004-present
     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

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