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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Ryszard Kaczmarek Can Do!

 

Maybe too often do we tout the power of interning and mentoring, but this week we received a heartwarming note from one of our past interns which started as follows:

 

Since you deserve a partial credit for your support, I thought you would want me to share this great news I received last week.

 

The attachment in that email shows that our 1990’s Virginia Tech AOE intern, Ryszard Kaczmarek has been selected as Naval Sea Systems Command 2015 Engineer of the Year and is a Federal Engineer of the Year Finalist.

 

Today Rich is a Naval Construction Battalion Lieutenant Commander. That makes him a Seabee and therefore makes him the acme of “Can Do!”.

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True or not, this joke is attributed to Abraham Lincoln:

 

A farmer’s young son comes running into the house.

 

Out of breath he says: “Pa, Pa, the hired hand and Sis are in the hayloft. The hired hand has dropped his pants and Sis has pulled up her skirt! Pa, I think they are fixin’ to pee on the hay.”

 

The farmer says: “Son your facts are correct, but your conclusion is all wrong.”

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Note: I posed a question at the bottom of the original blog and in August 2016 added two book to the bottom of the list in response.

 

Books are fun, but very occasionally I have encountered books that have actually changed my understanding of humanity and the world.

 

Only a very small number of books actually unlocked pieces in my life’s puzzle, and helped me decode complex problems a little quicker and indentify false truths.

 

This is the short list of those books. (In parentheses I added the approximate date I read them and how I found out about them):

 

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Rik and I will be presenting our co-authored paper titled "Game Theory for the Maritime Professional" at the SNAME Maritime Convention this Wednesday from 1300-1400 hrs in the Technical Track 1 section, Sandalwood A&B room on the 4th Floor.  If you'll be at the SMC, come check it out!
 
 
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Watch a cool video produced in the 1940's by the US Navy on the salvage of the SS Normandie (USS Lafayette) here.  Frank A. Martin of Martin & Ottaway valued this vessel for the US government before the fire/capsize.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has provided seed funding to the "Two States One Port Campaign", but to fully operate the Lettie G. Howard requires a budget of $600,000 per year.

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Maritime education is an incredibly powerful educational tool. While it does not necessarily have to be a path to maritime employment, it is always an effective path to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Philosophy, History, Language and Arts (STEMPHLA) education.

 

The Lettie G. Howard project has a straightforward focus: Provide students with a tool to learn as quickly and effectively as possible by bringing them aboard a very significant vessel in one of the world's most stimulating maritime settings.  

 

 

I recently joined the Lettie for a weekend cruise and was one of 21 souls aboard. 

 

On my trip the vessel complement consisted of:

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David Tantrum's picture
Friday, October 3rd, 2014

M&O Jeep Fleet

In 1994, M&O leased the then new Jeep Grand Cherokee, with miles per gallon in the 17 mile range.

 

Twenty years later M&O has returned to the Jeep brand with the leasing of the new "Eco Diesel" Jeep Grand Cherokee, which can get some 33 miles per gallon on the highway.

 

 

Stephanie Khadam-Hir of the Freehold Jeep dealership handing over the keys to our new Jeeps

Hannah van Hemmen's picture
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Damage Artwork (TBT)

 

USNS "Maumee"

Bethlehem Steel, Key Highway

Encounter with ice floe

Antarctica, March 1976

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Meeting in the North Atlantic (TBT)

In 1954, my great-grandfather, Hendrik Fokko van Hemmen, was Chief Engineer on the M/V Prins Frederik Hendrik of the Oranje Lijn, and my grandfather, Henk van Hemmen, was deck engineer on the Dutch flagship, the SS Nieuw Amsterdam.

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