Alvin Submersible Milestone Dedication Ceremony

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In 1965, the U.S. Navy commissioned the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s deep-sea submersible, Alvin. From 1974-84, Alvin’s engineers developed acoustical navigation (ALNAV), communications, photography, lighting, and life support systems specifically intended for the deepest oceans. It became one of the world’s most important deep-sea scientific instruments. Alvin discovered effects of pressure on seafloor microbes, and Alvin’s study of hydrothermal vents revolutionized our understanding of life’s origins.

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  • Start time: 21 Oct 2022 01:30 PM
  • End time: 25 Oct 2022 03:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • 45 Water Street
  • Woods Hole, Massachusetts
  • United States 02543
  • Building: Redfield
  • Room Number: Auditorium

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  • Starts 01 September 2022 01:30 PM
  • Ends 25 October 2022 01:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge




October 21, 2022

1:30 pm

Alvin Milestone Installation and Dedication at

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA, 02543

  • Welcome: Anthony Ruocco, Providence Section Chair
  • Invited Speakers:

            Saifur Rahman, IEEE President-Elect

            Robert S. C. Munier, WHOI Vice-President Marine Facilities and Operations

            Lane J. Abrams, Alvin Senior Engineer

            Larry Madin, WHOI Past Executive Vice-President & Director of Research

  • Plaque Unveiling: Albert J. Williams 3rd, WHOI Scientist Emeritus
  • Reception of Plaque: Peter de Menocal, WHOI President & Director
  • Closing: Christopher Whitt, IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society President

3:30 pm

Reception on Redfield Patio

5:00 pm

Alvin Milestone Banquet - Landfall Restaurant, Woods Hole

There is no charge for attending the Milestone Installation Ceremony; however, registration is required. See REGISTRATION.

The Milestone Banquet at 5:00 pm is not part of the Milestone Installation Ceremony.  It is a commemorative event organized by the IEEE Providence Chapter of the Oceanic Engineering Society.

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