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Released September 23, 2004


STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Using an innovative approach of bringing expertise to the student, The University of Southern Mississippi's Hydrography Program has joined forces with Science Applications International Corporation to take their hydrographic knowledge and expertise on the road and make it available to the general workforce.

Beginning Sept. 28-30 at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast campus in Long Beach, Miss., a series of three-day workshops will kick off with an "Introduction to Hydrography for Non-Surveyors."

Hydrography (the science of charting the seafloor), affiliated products, and related subject areas are used by many academic, commercial, military and governmental agencies. This series of workshops will provide industrial training opportunities from an introductory level to more advanced topics.

"This cooperative venture combines SAIC's industry-wide recognized expertise and the university's exceptional academic program to deliver high-quality, focused workshops to those associated with hydrography on topics that have been unavailable to workforce development programs until now," said Don Roman, director of the Southern Miss Hydrographic Science Research Center.

"One of the benefits of this approach to education is that the results of the training are relevant to the customer and tangible," said Don Ventura, senior hydrographic surveyor for SAIC and coordinator of the workshop series.

"First, we tailor our workshops to our participants early on," Ventura said. "Through student participation and discussion, we gather data on how knowledgeable the audience already is, identify where their needs are, and then tailor the workshop to fill in the blanks. Then, students can immediately apply the new knowledge as appropriate in their workplace."

In addition to introductory sessions for surveyors and non-surveyors, the series will also cover "Hydrographic Survey: The Tools of the Trade," "Hydrography and the Military User," "Hydrographic Surveys, Specifications, and Products for the Non-Surveyor," and "Tides, Water Levels, and Geodetic Controls." Other topics are also under consideration.

Workshop topics, a brief description, and planned locations can be found at and For additional information about these workshops, contact Don Ventura at (228) 813-1652 or, or Robyn Montgomery at (228) 688-7096 or


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October 22, 2004 5:46 PM