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April 2019 Technology Innovation Breakfast



April 15, 2019
7:30 - 9:00 am


Army Navy Club in Washington D.C. 901 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006


$25 includes breakfast. Register and pay in advance or at the door.

Please RSVP to Jake Sobin (jakesobin@gmail.com) if you plan to pay at the door.  Space is limited. 

Army Navy Club Dress Code

Business (Gentleman required to wear neck-tie).


In the mid 1990s NATO engaged in military activity in the Balkans in order to preserve political order in Europe.  NATO military forces entered the Balkans from northern Europe over land but from early on there was a possibility that the war would extend to the Adriatic, where it would impinge directly upon Italy.  In cooperation with the Italian and U.S. Navies, Michael Max, as Chief Scientist, led an applied scientific and technical research project for mapping the Albanian shelf in order to establish a base line chart for Mines Counter Measures.  The presentation will include the planning timeline, and an operational description of carrying out the two-ship, month long, combined oceanographic - seafloor survey and interpretation project that based at Brindisi, Italy.

Presented by: Michael Max

Michael has had a varied career in geology, geophysics, physical acoustics, scientific diving, and project design and management.  He has attended the University of Wisconsin (BSc), the University of Wyoming (MSc), and Trinity College Dublin (PhD).  He has been employed by the Geological Survey of Ireland, where he first transitioned from structural and metamorphic geology to marine geology, the Naval Research Laboratory (Washington DC), the NATO undersea Research Institute, and finally as Chief Scientist and CEO of Marine Desalination Systems, which was dedicated to using gas hydrate for seawater desalination, industrial water treatment, and gas separation.  He is currently operating a successful consultancy in developing new technology and methodology for commercializing natural gas hydrate, which is probably the largest producible natural gas resource on earth.  He is currently a member of the advisory committee of the Secretary of Energy for natural gas hydrate.  He has published 6 books, over 300 scientific publications and over 45 US patents.

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