Project Manager, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Pam Clark’s job is to make sure the complex ship systems aboard research vessels at sea are well-designed and operating smoothly. An engineer, she’s constructed yachts using aerospace composite materials, designed roto-molded kayaks, supervised hydrographic surveys, developed innovative air-cushion vessel designs, and was design integration manager of WHOI’s newest ocean research vessel the R/V Neil Armstrong and its sister vessel the R/V Sally Ride operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Pam now supports WHOI’s research vessel operations in all facets of naval architecture and marine engineering for the R/V Atlantis, support ship for the DSV Alvin, and the R/V Neil Armstrong.
Pam says SEA helped trigger her career path. “Learning by sitting in a classroom was never my strength… [but] something clicked offshore, where life is simple: making sure the vessel is running properly and the people on board are safe. I knew at that point I would make a living either sailing or working with research vessels.”