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
Workshop topics, a brief description, and planned
locations can be found at www.saicnewport.com
For additional information about these workshops, contact Don Ventura
at (228) 813-1652 or Don.C.Ventura@saic.com,
or Robyn Montgomery at (228) 688-7096 or firstname.lastname@example.org.