Biographical Sketch of Joseph R. Vadus
Joseph R. Vadus is President, Global Ocean Inc., consultants on:
international coastal ocean space utilization; sustainable development
of coastal projects and ocean resources; application of marine science
and technology; and strategic planning and development of cooperative
programs and partnerships with government, industry, and universities.
He is affiliated with the University of Hawaii as Director of
International Programs for the Center for Ocean Resource Technology.
He is also affiliated with Compass Publications (SEA TECHNOLOGY magazine)
as Consultant for International Programs. He is Vice President for
Technical Activities Of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineer/Oceanic Engineering Society. His address for these
organizations is 8500 Timber Hill, Potomac, Maryland 20854 USA.
Fax:(301) 983 4825; Tel: (301) 299 5477,and E-mail
Mr.Vadus was in U.S. Government service from 1972-1996 in the U.S.
Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA). His last position was as a Senior Advisor in NOAA's National
He is Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Panel on Marine Facilities in the
U.S.-Japan Cooperative Program in Natural Resources. He served as U.S.
Chairman for Marine Facilities/Marine Technology from 1980-1994 chairing
10 bi-lateral meetings covering 500 technical papers and 200 facilities
visits in the U.S. and Japan. He received awards for leadership from
Japan in 1986 and 1994, and from the U.S. Department of State in 1992.
In 1982, he received Japan's Nihon University Award for technical
He also served as Chairman for Marine Technology in the U.S.- France
Cooperative Program in Oceanography (1980-1996). He organized and led
cooperative projects in marine technology projects,involving U.S. and
French scientists and engineers. In 1985, one of his many projects
involved joint U.S.-France evaluation of deep ocean search systems that
resulted in the spectacular discovery of the RMS TITANIC.
AT NOAA, he has held management positions in the Office of Manned
Undersea Science and Technology, Office of Coastal Environment, Office
of Ocean Engineering, and the Ocean Energy Program Office.
In the Manned Undersea Science and Technology Office, he managed
aquanaut diving and undersea living projects in the U.S., North Sea,
Baltic Sea and Bahamas.
>From 1979-1985 he directed the engineering ocean energy research and
development program, including: wave and current energy, biomass energy
and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) and use of multiple
by-products for aquaculture, ocean ranching, agriculture, air
>From 1988-1991 he had a major role in establishing the Ocean Engineering
Program at the National Science Foundation and served as Program
Director and Advisor.
Prior to NOAA, he has held managerial positions with Sperry Rand
Corporation (now called UNISYS) in major ocean research and development
programs. For example, he headed the development of the the entire
electronics command and control operating system for the U.S. Navy /
NR-1 (nuclear-powered deep submergence vehicle) capable of traveling
along the seafloor for conducting surveys, scientific research and ocean
engineering. He developed and patented the deep submergence radar (based
on his master's thesis) for the US Navy's deepest diving submarine AGSS
He has 10 patents (4 pending),including, computers, radar,and electronic
systems. He is author of over 80 publications.
Mr. Vadus has a B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from Pennsylvania
State University, and a M.S. degree in Ocean Engineering from Long
Island University, where he then served as Adjunct Professor of Ocean
Engineering in the Evening Graduate Division (1967-1972). At Sperry Rand
he was a frequent lecturer on engineering management topics in the
Sperry Rand Management Institute, 1969-1972.
Mr.Vadus is a Senior Life Member of The Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He received the IEEE Centennial Medal in
1984. As Vice President, Technical Activities he serves on the executive
committee of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society(OES), and, in 1985, he
received the IEEE/OES Distinguished Service Medal. He also serves on the
IEEE Engineering Research and Development Policy Committee.
Mr. Vadus is a Fellow in the Marine Technology Society (MTS), where he
served as Vice President for Technical Activities (1979-1989) overseeing
four divisions and 32 professional committees, ranging from Coastal Zone
Management to Marine Minerals to Ocean Energy. He received the MTS
Special Commendation Award, and the prestigious Compass Distinguished
Individual Achievement Award and Rolex watch in 1990.
During the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, he was General
Chairman for the major OCEANS '76 Conference and Exhibition in
In 1991, the National Academy of Sciences of Mexico presented him their
Distinguished Achievement Award in Coastal and Ocean Engineering. In
1995, he was elected as Fellow in the United Kingdom's Society for