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Ocean Acoustic Remote Sensing (OAWRS) of Marine Ecosystems

Nicholas Makris is a Professor of Mechanical at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of both Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, and Director of MIT's Laboratory for Undersea Remote Sensing. His fields of expertise are Acoustics, Ocean Exploration, Remote Sensing, Wave Propagation and Scattering Theory, Statistical Estimation Theory, and Planetary Science of Icy Satellites and Arctic Regions.

He is co-inventor of the Ocean Acoustic Waveguide Remote Sensing (OAWRS) technique for imaging oceanic fish populations over tens of thousands of square kilometers in minutes, and the passive Ocean Acoustic Hurricane Quantification technique. He has been Chief Scientist of a number of major Ocean Acoustic Experimental Programs for the Office of Naval Research, the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, and the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

He is also a Secretary of the Navy & Chief of Naval Operations Scholar of Oceanographic Sciences, Doherty Professor of Ocean Utilization, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

He has received a number of other awards including the A. B. Wood Medal of the Institute of Acoustics in the UK, Edgerly Fellowship, the ONR Young Investigator Award, Alan Berman Outstanding Publication Award of the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC, the Navy Special Act Award, and the NASA Group Achievement Award for the Science Definition Team of the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter.

He spent seven years as a Research Physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC before joining the MIT faculty in 1997. He received a S.B from MIT in Physics in 1983, and a PhD from MIT in Ocean Engineering in 1990.



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The 20th International
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