STENNIS SPACE CENTER - Jenny
Ruiz loves computers, technology, and the marine sciences. These
passions led her to The University of Southern Mississippi's Hydrographic
Science Program and a $10,000 scholarship.
Ruiz is the first recipient of a scholarship established
by Tenix LADS Inc., a Biloxi, Miss., based subsidiary of Tenix,
Australia's largest defense and applied technology company.
Michael Janus, business development manager for Tenix
LADS Inc., assisted in setting up the scholarship. "Tenix LADS
is a company dedicated to expanding our business here on the Mississippi
Gulf Coast," Janus said. "In order to accomplish this
goal, we believe it is incumbent upon us to partner with programs
that deliver highly educated, qualified and capable individuals
who can succeed with us. We see the Hydrographic Science Program
at The University of Southern Mississippi as such an opportunity,
and are pleased to join with them to help support worthy students
and bring superior education to the ranks of those engaged in this
profession," Janus said.
A native of New Orleans, Ruiz will live in Diamondhead,
Miss., while she commutes to Stennis Space Center for courses to
complete a master of science in hydrographic science over a 12-month
period. With two semesters of classroom activity and one semester
of field work, the graduates of the Southern Miss Hydrographic Science
Program benefit from an applied program in which they repeatedly
put their new knowledge into practice.
"Once I complete my degree, I plan to get a job
- I'm not sure where yet," Ruiz said. While Ruiz incurs no
obligation to Tenix LADS, she does get the opportunity to visit
Tenix facilities in Biloxi to familiarize herself with Tenix and
the work accomplished there.
Tenix LADS Inc. leads the world in the supply of airborne
laser bathymetry survey services. The company owns and operates
the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS), which is internationally
recognized as one of the fastest, most cost-effective tools for
accurate, bathymetric survey in coastal waters to 70 meters depth.
They are a contractor of choice for these services by National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration and recently completed a three-month
survey operation on the Alaskan Peninsula as a partial fulfillment
of their multiyear contract with NOAA.
For more information, call the Southern Miss Hydrographic
Science Program at (228) 688-7096.