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Date: December 05, 2002

UVic engineering prof wins international society's distinguished service award

Dr. Jim Collins, an adjunct faculty member of UVic’s department of electrical and computer engineering, is the winner of a Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Oceanic Engineering Society. Collins received the honour for his dedicated service in support of the society.

He founded the Victoria OES Chapter in 1985, and since 1998 has served as the society’s membership development chair.

Currently, Collins is studying the possible use of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) in measuring the depth and shape of icebergs. “It’s important to know just how deep they are,” says Collins. “We’ve seen their scour marks—irregular troughs—on the ocean floor so we know they are of possible concern to bottom mounted offshore exploration and production equipment if they are not properly managed. However, no one wants to swim down to the bottom of the icebergs, so I am proposing to send small 100kg or less AUVs over the side to take the measurements.”

The IEEE is the largest professional society in the world with 363,000 members. For more information about the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society visit www.oceanicengineering.org
Media contacts:
Dr. Jim Collins (electrical and computer engineering) at (250) 721-8684
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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