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APPENDIX B COMMITTEE BIOGRAPHIES ARMAND I. SILVA, Chapman, is Professor and Chairman of Ocean Engineering and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Silva has more than 30 years experience in research, teaching, and consulting in ocean engineering and geotechnics. He has served on marine geotechnology advisory panels, National Science Foundation proposal reviews, and on the editorial board of Marine Geotechnology, and has written numerous publications concerning geotechnical properties and processes of ocean sediments. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil and geotechnical engineering from the University of Connecticut. and is a registered Profes~ionn1 Engineer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. _ ~ KENT A. FANNING is Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, the University of South Florida. His research and teaching experience in chemical oceanography and geochemistry includes particular emphasis on interstitial chemistry of sediments and transport processes across the sediment-water interface. He has written numerous publications and articles about geochemical processes in rivers and oceans. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. LARRY L. GENTRY is Program Manager for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Sunnyvale, California. He holds a B.S. degree from Oregon State University and an M.S. from San Jose State University, both in electrical engineering. His engineering and technical management experience in subsea and offshore industries have included installation and operation of seafloor systems for the offshore oil and gas industry, ocean thermal energy conversion systems, seabed mining, and subsea manned and unmanned vehicles. He is a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Canada, and holds several patents. CHARLES D. HOLLISTER is Vice-President and Associate Director for External Affairs, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He holds a B.S. degree from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in geology from Columbia University. His extensive teaching, research, and consulting experience in marine geology includes experience in sediment dynamics of the deep seabed and technology for research and disposal of radioactive wastes on the seafloor. He has written many publications in marine geology and the effects of ocean bottom currents on the deep seafloor. 135
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136 ROBERT W. KNECHT is Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Marine Policy and Professor, University of Delaware, and has held positions at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His expertise includes deep seabed mining, ocean thermal energy conversion, management of seabed resources, and coastal zone management. He has served on several National Research Council committees and has published extensively in the areas of ocean policy, coastal zone management, and other topics. He holds a B.S. degree in physics from Union College and M.N in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island. GERRY B. MANNING is Manager, Sea Operations Engineering, AT&T Technologies (Western Electric prior to 1984), where he is responsible for AT&rs ocean cable systems. These activities include underwater acoustics, ocean environmental surveys, navigational aids, ocean cable installation and maintenance, transmission systems, engineering, signal processing, and ship systems development and engineering. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Clemson University and an M.S. in industrial engineering from Lehigh University. DAVID B. PRIOR is Head, Environmental Marine Geology, Atlantic Geoscience Center, Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Before that, he was at the Coastal Studies Institute of Louisiana State University. He holds a B.S. degree in geography and a Ph.D. in geomorphology from the Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. His research, teaching, and consulting experience has included particular emphasis in continental slope processes and offshore geological hazards for engineering. He served as chairman of the National Research Council Committee on Ground Failure Hazards and has written many publications in the areas of marine geology and land geomorphology. GARY TAGHON is Associate Professor, College of Oceanography, Oregon State University. He holds a B.S. degree in biology from Purdue University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in oceanography from the University of Washington. Dr. Taghon's major research efforts have been in benthic ecology and organism-sediment flow interactions. He served on a National Research Council panel on Deep-Sea Stable Reference Areas, and is the author of numerous publications concerning marine biology and ecology. ALAN G. YOUNG is President of Fugro-McClelland Geosciences, Inc. In this capacity, he directs the company's financial and technical activities related to marine projects worldwide. His expertise covers deepwater geoscience projects-particularly site analysis for fixed platforms, sediment strength interpretation for various sampling and testing procedures, and foundation studies for mobile jack-up rigs. He has written many publications concerning geotechnical engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Young holds a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University and M.S. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, both in civil engineering.