June 8th – Season Finale Section Meeting

June 8th-Section Meeting
"RCRV: Research Vessel of the Future"


Presented by Elizabeth White, Glosten Inc.

In 2012, the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected Oregon State University (OSU) to lead the coordination of the design of up to three new “Regional Class” research vessels (RCRV).  The project is part of a long-term strategy to renew the UNOLS (University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System) fleet, with delivery of the first RCRV slated for 2020.  

Unique Design Elements.  The vessel design includes state-of-the-art propulsion for dynamic positioning, and acoustic sensors for seafloor mapping. 

 Other critical concept elements include:

  • Excellent seakeeping properties.
  • Low underwater radiated noise properties.
  • Ice class C0.
  • Hull optimized to reduce resistance while maintaining good bubble sweepdown performance.


Elizabeth (Liz) White is a licensed professional engineer at Glosten, Inc in Seattle, WA.  She routinely works with the regulatory requirements of USCG, ABS,  SOLAS, and ADA. She specializes in electrical engineering, naval architecture, stability, and design. She is a versatile resource at Glosten; she lends engineering support for both naval architecture and electrical projects, and often will act as Project Manager for major design projects.


The meeting will be held at 6pm at: University of Washington, Seattle Campus
Ocean Sciences Building, Rm 425
(~ 1492 Boat St NE, 98105)

Please enter through west lobby door, as it’s the only one unlocked after hours for us. Parking areas both on-street (meters off >8pm), or S12 area between Ocean Teaching Bldg. and Harris Lab (take drive to right just before parking gatehouse at north end of OTB)


Society members $20; Non-members $25; Students
$10. Cost includes dinner and a drink.

RSVP for the meeting using this Google Form by June 5th so we can order enough food.

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