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    J. Marc Willis

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    Superintendent, Special Marine Projects
    Office: Weniger 573
    Phone: 541-737-4637
    Email: willis@coas.oregonstate.edu


    • Research Vessels - Design, Construction and Operations
    • Marine Systems Engineering
    • Field Research Planning, Operations and Logistics
    • Marine Instrumentation

    Research Interests

    Vessel Design and Construction; Marine Systems Engineering; Research Vessel Operations; Over-the-side Handling System Design and Operation; Ropes and Cables; Winch systems; Cable Dynamics; Marine Corrosion; Shipboard Instrumentation Systems 

    Current Research

    Marine Science Technical Advisor to the Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) Project.


    B.S., Zoology, Colorado State University 1977
    M.S., Oceanography, Oregon State University 1980


    1979-1984: Senior Research Assistant, OSU-CEOAS, Laboratory Manager, Nekton Group

    1984-2007: Marine Technician Superintendent, OSU-CEOAS, Marine Technician Group Manager, R/V WECOMA

    2007-2014: Marine Science Technical Director, R/V SIKULIAQ construction project at Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, WI. (On assignment to University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

    2014- present: Marine Science Technical Advisor, Regional Class Research Vessel Construction Project, OSU


    Professional Development

    - CTD Profilers, 1984
    - Fundamentals of Contract Management for Ship Construction, Repair and Design, 1986
    - Construction and Dynamics of Oceanographic Wire Ropes and Cables - 1996
    - Measurement of Conductivity and Temperature in the Ocean - 1998
    - Oceanographic Winch, Wire and Cable Technology - 1999
    - Crane and Hoist Lifting, Rigging and Safety - 2004
    - Fundamentals of AutoCAD - 2007
    - Ship Design for Maintainability (DFM) - 2015 

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