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SIM NJ Meeting Flagship Event of the Year
May 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Titanic, Technology and his Distinguished Career
On May 10, 2018 come join us for an exciting meeting with a Presentation from Dr. Robert D. Ballard. Dr. Ballard will be taking us on a journey through his career from his younger years up to his landmark discovery of the RMS Titanic which was actually a “front” for a different project! You will see some amazing pictures and video and hear many stories from his many experiences. Dr. Ballard will talk about how technology has played such an important role in his career and shaping the direction of his latest exploration initiatives.
This is absolutely a meeting that you won’t want to miss!
Register early and tell your fellow SIM-members and any potential guests to sign up as well as we will have the great privilege of listening to Dr. Ballard speak and getting to talk to him.
About the Speaker
While Dr. Ballard may be best known for his discovery of the RMS Titanic in 1985, his accomplishments go so much “deeper” than that (no pun intended)!
Perhaps the best way to describe Dr. Ballard in more detail is to talk about some of his accomplishments and the company he keeps.
To begin with he has received his Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics, has 22 honorary doctorates and is the recipient of the Newcomb Cleveland Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the best paper of the year in the prestigious Journal of Science and was recently inducted in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences preceded by Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein, making him a Scientist.
He has received the National Geographic Society’s most prestigious Hubbard Medal also received by Sir Ernest Shackleton, Admiral Bird, and Neil Armstrong as well as the Explorer’s Club Medal, the Order of Magellan, the Livingston Medal, and the Lindbergh Award making him an Explorer with more than 150 expeditions under his belt during his 55 years at sea.
Dr. Ballard has strong ties to technology as he founded the JASON Foundation for Education, which is an award-winning foundation having reached more than 15 million middle school teachers and students with his STEM educational programs making him an educator.
Two of his books were #1 Best Sellers on the New York Times and London Times making him an Author.
He was a Distinguished Military Graduate in Army Intelligence, a Commander in the U.S. Navy and recipient of the Lone Sailor Award along with along Roger Staubach making him a Military Officer with 30 years of service.
He co-produced more than 35 television specials receiving numerous Emmys as well as a film nominated for an Academy Award and worked with Steven Spielberg to produce the TV Series SeaQuest DSV making him a film maker and well-known TV host for National Geographic’s Award winning show “Explorer” on TBS Television.
He was inducted into the Connecticut Hall of Fame along with Mark Twain, Paul Newman, and Catherine Hepburn making him a citizen of Connecticut.
And finally, he received the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal in the Oval Office from the President of the United States along with Hal Holbrook and John Updike making him a Humanitarian of great distinction.