Florida Tech Oceanography Professor Geoffrey Swain Selected for First-Ever Biofouling Innovation Jury

Swain came to Florida Tech in 1984

Geoffrey Swain, professor of oceanography and ocean engineering and director of the Center for Corrosion and Biofouling Control, has been named to the jury of a first-ever competition to develop innovative solutions and technologies that can improve the prevention, management and biofouling monitoring. (picture Florida Tech)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Geoffrey Swain, professor of oceanography and ocean engineering and director of the Center for Corrosion and Biofouling Control, has been named to the jury of a first-ever competition to develop solutions and innovative technologies likely to improve the prevention, management, and monitoring of marine biofouling.

The Biofouling Innovation Challenge is a collaboration between the World Oceans Council and the Ocean Opportunity Lab.

A global event with submissions expected from multiple countries, organizers selected a 9-person jury comprised of U.S. and international experts described as “professionals who have made significant contributions to the global research and development of the maritime industry. “.

That certainly describes Swain. He began his career at the University of Southampton in the UK, where he worked on the development of new methods of corrosion and biofouling control for the Royal Navy and the Department of Energy.

In the early 1980s he moved to Aberdeen, Scotland where he joined the Offshore Marine Studies Unit to conduct corrosion and biofouling studies on offshore structures in the North Sea.

He came to Florida Tech in 1984, quickly establishing the center and continuing his biofouling research.

Swain is a member of the Association for Materials Protection and Performance; the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology; and the UK Marine Biological Association Notable achievements include designing the cathodic protection system for the Living Seas experience at Disney World, establishing a quality control procedure for dry docking and fouling control coatings for the Royal Caribbean International cruise line, and pioneered the development of in-water grooming to keep ship hulls in a smooth, fouling-free condition.

Applications for the competition will be reviewed and shortlisted by the judging panel and selected proposals will be presented to investors at the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit in Barcelona in October.

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