esrdc logoThis year marks the 10th anniversary the Electric Ship Research & Development Consortium (ESRDC), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).  Academic members of the Consortium and affiliated individuals gathered June 4-6, 2012 in Austin, Texas to review “State of the Art Ship Power Technology” and to celebrate a decade of successful electric ship research.

The meeting proceedings began Tuesday morning with a welcome address by Dr. John Eckert, the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering, followed by a keynote address by Dr. Raymond Bye, the Director of Federal Relations and Economic Development in the Office of Research at the Florida State University.  An all-encompassing set of technical presentations by members of the Consortium followed, interspersed with short “speed presentations” by current students, highlighting their ongoing research.  The ESRDC remains fully committed to developing engineering resources for the electric ship community.

This event was held at the Radisson Hotels & Suites Austin Downtown along the banks of Lady Bird Lake.  Celebration activities kicked off Monday night with many participants enjoying a Lone Star Riverboat dinner cruise on the lake, including a bat viewing at the Congress Avenue Bridge.  Early Tuesday morning, ambitious participants set out on a fun run along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail.    Tuesday evening, Mr. Terry Ericsen, former ONR Program Manager, kicked off the 10th anniversary celebration reception by highlighting the exceptional work of ONR and the ESRDC over the past decade, and adding a look ahead to the next two decades and beyond.

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