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May 27 Business Breakfast: A Whale of a Tale – Using Robotics for Ocean Conservation and STEM Initiatives

May 27 Business Breakfast: A Whale of a Tale – Using Robotics for Ocean Conservation and STEM Initiatives


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Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO of the
Ocean Alliance
, a Gloucester, MA-based organization recognized as an international leader in whale research and ocean conservation will discuss how they are using robotic technologies for non-invasive sampling and monitoring to learn about whales and the ecosystem’s health. Iain will also talk about the opportunities they see for developing sustainable ocean industries and the need to develop a robotics curriculum that will allow educators to inspire the next generation of conservation technologists.

Location

DANVERSPORT YACHT CLUB
161 Elliott Street
Exit 22E off Rte. 128
Danvers MA 01923
USA

Date and Time

Begins: 05/27/2015 07:00 AM
Ends: 05/27/2015 09:00 AM

About our Speaker:


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Dr. Iain Kerr is the CEO of the Ocean Alliance,(Twitter @Ocean_Alliance) a Gloucester, MA-based organization recognized as an international leader in whale research and ocean conservation since its founding by renowned scientist Dr. Roger Payne in 1970. Ocean Alliance programs include the “Voyages of the Odyssey,” a groundbreaking global pollution study, and the Patagonia Right Whale Program, the longest continuous study of any great whale species. Ocean Alliance also has a number of education initiatives that fall under the heading of Ocean Encounters. Under Iain and Roger’s leadership, Ocean Alliance has a reputation for developing innovative research techniques that engage scientists and conservationists alike.

Born in Scotland, Iain has Bachelor of Education Degree, with honors, from the University of London. Working in the United States since 1983. Iain started with the Ocean Alliance as a volunteer and worked his way up through the ranks over the last 28 years to his current title of CEO.

In 2008 Iain lead the initiative for Ocean Alliance to purchase the iconic Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory on the Gloucester, MA waterfront. One of the six buildings on site has been restored and is now Ocean Alliances headquarters and ultimately (when the restoration work is finished) the 1-acre waterfront site (the buildings of which encompass a 20,000 sq. ft. footprint) will be home to an Oceanographic Research Education & Innovation center.

Iain calls his passion “conservation science.” He is listed as author or co-author on over 35 scientific papers and has ensured that Ocean Alliance discoveries reach the general public in both technical and layman’s form. The research vessel Odyssey, with Iain at the helm, has been featured in nine documentaries, the IMAX film “WHALES,” and many press articles.

Breakfast Sponsor:


Salem State University


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Salem State University, located just 15 miles north of Boston, is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and an important partner in the economic, cultural and intellectual vitality of the greater north-of-Boston region. Situated in the historic seacoast town of Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State provides a diverse community of learners a high quality, student-centered education; one that prepares them to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society.

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