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Released September 2, 2004


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.


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September 9, 2004 10:59 AM