URI professor to head undersea
research team for NATO
KINGSTON, R.I. -- August 30, 2000 -- An ocean engineering professor at
the University of Rhode Island has been appointed project leader for Rapid
Environmental Assessment at the NATO Undersea Research Center in La Spezia,
Beginning Nov. 1, Robert Tyce of Coventry, R.I., will oversee
a variety of experimental programs designed to provide scientific and technical
advice to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on submarine detection
and mine warfare. Among the projects he will direct are studies on seabed
geo-acoustic inversion techniques, satellite remote sensing and ambient
noise estimation, shallow water real-time environmental profilers, and autonomous
The NATO-Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic Undersea Research Center was
established in 1959 to help NATO and its member nations prevent the hostile
use of submarines and sea mines. It is the only pure research laboratory
operated by NATO, and serves as NATO's principal adviser on undersea research.
The Center's primary work is to understand and predict the impact of the
undersea environment on sonar performance and to investigate new sonar concepts.
Tyce worked at the Undersea Research Center during a sabbatical from
URI in 1997-98. At that time he began research on the development of a
shallow water, expendable, environmental profiler, an instrument that is
deployed by ship or plane to take environmental measurements in coastal
waters and then download that data via cell phone, radio or satellite.
It is ideally suited to take rapid measurements during coastal military
Tyce returned to Italy last year to continue this research.
The post Tyce will hold was most recently held by URI graduate William
Roderick, former director for Science and Technology for the Naval Undersea
Warfare Center in Newport. Since NATO selects its scientists from all 18
member nations, it is highly unusual that two consecutive Rhode Islanders
have been appointed to this prestigious senior-level position.
Tyce will return to URI following his three-year appointment.
For Information: Todd McLeish 874-7892