Annual Science Contest

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT; Jason Clark

September 1, 2015                                                                  (504) 220-0453

Alexandria, VA – The Education Committees of the American Salvage Association (ASA) together with the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) announce a special awards competition for marine science projects conducted at the high school and undergraduate college levels. This initiative is intended to highlight the importance of preserving the marine environment through the use of sound environmental practices, to raise awareness of the art and science of marine salvage, and to promote careers in the salvage and maritime industries.

Experimental science or engineering projects involving marine sciences that were conducted in 2015 at the high school or undergraduate college level are eligible. Projects should focus on one of the following broad marine science areas: Marine Environmental Care, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Meteorology, Underwater Robotics, Air Emissions from Ships, Alternative Fuel Supplies for Ships, Oil and Chemical Spill Remediation, Offshore Well Control, Diving Systems, Marine Biology, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Microorganisms, Ship Design, Ship Breaking, Recovery of Sunken Ships, Cargo, Fuel or Pollutants, related Marine Salvage or Marine Environmental projects.

Project abstracts of 300 words or less and a technical paper describing the project will be accepted from September 1, 2015- October 1, 2015. Winners will be notified on or before October 15, 2015.

Competition will be divided into 2 groups for prizes: High School 9-12th grades and College/University undergraduate students. 1st place winners will be invited to receive their awards at an industry function event of the American Salvage Association and/or the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) in the fall of 2015.

All papers will be considered for awards by both ASA and NAMEPA. Papers may win prizes in both contests.


For additional information on the competition and to submit an entry, please go to:


The American Salvage Association’s (ASA) Education Committee is committed to promoting general maritime industry interest with a focus on marine salvage, and to help develop maritime industry expertise through interactive experience with ASA salvage professionals 

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is an independent, marine industry-led association which engages maritime businesses, government and the public to “Save our Seas” by promoting sound environmental practices. NAMEPA operates as a nongovernmental organization committed to preserving the marine environment through educating seafarers, port communities and students about the need and strategies for protecting this important global resource. Visit

Job Opportunity: Engineering Educator, Massachusetts

MIT Sea Grant is looking for an assistant engineering educator.  Job position available at

Title: Assistant Engineering Educator
Req Number: mit-00007060
Department: Sea Grant College Program
Location(s): Gloucester, MA MA
FT/PT: Full Time
Employment / Payroll Category: SRS (Research)
Work Shift:

ASSISTANT ENGINEERING EDUCATOR, MIT Sea Grant College Program, to plan and conduct outreach in the fields of marine science, engineering, and technology. Will collaborate with marine educator, advisory staff, research staff, and partners to create and implement educational outreach programs for students in K-12 and the general public. Current major projects include the Sea Perch ROV Program, water quality monitoring, and biofuels. Duties include developing and executing sustainable engineering projects in marine science; producing training manuals and providing technical support for the K-12 community; producing and distributing outreach materials; organizing workshops; and performing limited lab work. Will work directly with teachers, students, and the public. Duties will be performed both in the field and in an office setting.

REQUIREMENTS: a bachelor’s degree in engineering; a minimum of two years’ relevant experience in education, technical support, engineering, or in a coordination position; general engineering skills and experience teaching engineering; demonstrated ability to prioritize, take initiative, and work both independently and as part of a team; excellent communication skills; an aptitude for and comfort learning new skills and technology; and a desire to educate. Basic knowledge of software programming and simple electronics, project management experience, and knowledge of water quality sampling preferred. MIT-00007060

There will be local travel (some overnight) for which a valid driver’s license and private means of transportation are needed. Position will be located at the MIT Sea Grant Marine Education Center in Gloucester, MA.