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Net Impact Logo“The Blue Economy – Tapping San Diego’s Ocean of Opportunity”

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: UC San Diego, IR/PS Robinson Auditorium
Open to: Public

Event email: David Robertson at darobertson@ucsd.edu

An Environmental Policy and Business Forum Event

The IR/PS chapter of Net Impact presents "The Blue Economy – Tapping San Diego’s Ocean of Opportunity." The forum aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, government representatives, students and business/community members working on the environmental challenges of today's world.


The evening includes an hors d'oeuvres reception, and registration is required.

Non-students; business and community members:
$15 registration fee. Non-students register here through our secured registration page.

Student admission is free:
IR/PS students register at IRPSCAREERS.


Moderator: Greg Murphy, Policy Advisor, Office of County Supervisor Chairman Greg Cox
Mr. Murphy has been policy advisor for Supervisor Greg Cox since 2010 and focuses on coastal, environmental, and economic development issues in San Diego County.  His work includes projects like the Bayshore Bikeway, California Coastal Trail and other public projects throughout San Diego County. He serves on the board of The Maritime Alliance Foundation, and is an active alumnus of UC San Diego, where he studied Political Science and served as the student body Vice President of Finance.  

Michael Jones, President, Maritime Alliance
Mr. Jones earned a BA from the University of Arizona and a MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. President of The Maritime Alliance, Jones works hard to organize the San Diego maritime technology community. Its three primary goals are: Economic Development; Workforce Development (including Ocean STEM); and Outreach to promote the maritime technology industry regionally, nationally and internationally.  

Don Kent, Senior Research Scientist, Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute
Mr. Kent has led Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute as president since 1998. Kent came to the Institute in 1977 as a SDSU graduate student working on the growth characteristics of striped bass. He has participated on numerous Institute programs studying gray whales, assessing noise effects on animals, minimizing killer whale impacts on fishing operations and, closest to his interest, the development of marine finfish aquaculture.

Rick Timm, President, SeaBotix
Mr. Timm earned his engineering degrees from Clarkson University and brings 35 years of experience in operations, sales and marketing of complex technical products. An early supplier to SeaBotix, Timm has been involved in SeaBotix since their beginning. Now acting as President, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company.

Chris Ward, Vertical Market Segment Leader for Ocean and Coastal Products, Xylem Analytics
Mr. Ward has a degree in applied physics from the University of Delaware. He has over 23 years of experience in environmental field monitoring, including time as a commissioned officer in NOAA and in his various roles at SonTek (now part of Xylem Inc.). Ward has visited more than 40 foreign countries and has been active in the introduction of acoustic Doppler technology for water velocity and flow measurement to a large number of organizations involved in marine science, hydraulics, hydrology, and irrigation. In 2011, he was given the additional assignment of managing the Aanderaa business in Bergen, Norway and presently serves as the Vertical Market Segment Leader for Ocean and Coastal Products in Xylem Analytics.