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Pam Clark

Project Manager, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

About Pam Clark

SEA Semester year: 1992
College: Boston University
Major: Environmental Science

The Landing School, Yacht Design

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.”

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