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Humans in the Deep Ocean: From Imagination to Reality

Visting Explorer Program with Bruce Strickrott

Bruce Strickrott will review some of the early technologies that put people under the sea, and will move through innovation in the 19th and 20th centuries. He will then give a showcase of Alvin from its initial history, and end with the current version of Alvin completed in 2013.

Strickrott is the Program Manager and the senior pilotChief Pilot of the United States’ deepest diving science submersible, the DSV Alvin. Alvin is owned by the US Navy and operated as a part of the National Deep Submergence Facility headquartered at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

While on shore Bruce oversees the team of engineers and technicians that work to keep Alvin diving. The Alvin program achieved a major milestone in its remarkable 54 history, completing the vehicle’s 5000th dive in December of 2018. Presently the team is completing designs to increase Alvin’s maximum operational depth to 6500 meters (21,325 ft.) with final system integration and testing scheduled for 2020.

At sea, Bruce sails as Chief Pilot of the Alvin Operations group. To date he has participated on over 60 science expeditions worldwide and piloted over 365 dives in the submersible, for a total time submerged of over 2000 hours. His time in Alvin has helped to identify and collect many new species, including the deepest recorded hagfish (Eptotretus strickrottii – bearing his last name).

Bruce’s technical career began with 6-years of service in the U.S. Navy including extended deployments to the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Storm. From there he returned to college and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, graduating cum laude in 1996. While there he worked as a dive master aboard the university’s research boat the R/V Oceaneer, supporting engineering and scientific diving projects, and as an assistant editor for the FAU college newspaper.

In his free time Bruce enjoys scuba diving, flying airplanes, skiing, and playing with all things technical (robots, drones, vintage computers, etc). He particularly enjoys promoting exciting careers in science, math and engineering to enthusiastic college and high school students. Mr. Strickrott is the proud father of two daughters and resides on Cape Cod.

Bruce returns to the RV Atlantis in March to dive in Alvin along the California coast.

Date: Wednesday, February 6

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, NY, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $15

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