Superintendent, Special Marine Projects

Weniger 573
541-737-4637
willis@ceoas.oregonstate.edu
Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV)

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.

Education

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

Experience

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