News Article | April 17, 2017
The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) has announced the election of three industry leaders to its top volunteer positions for 2017. Elected as CLFMI President for 2017 is Ted Eysenbach, General Manager of Stephens Pipe and Steel, Russell Springs, KY. Stephens is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chain link fencing fabric and framework. Prior to his position at Stephens Eysenbach was with Allied Tube & Conduit. The 2017 CLFMI Vice President is Tim O’Brien, District Manager for Master Halco, Irving, TX. O’Brien previously was Vice President of sales for Specified Technologies Incorporated and Product Manager for Thomas and Betts, a global leader in wire and cable management. He is a graduate of Rider University. David Smith, President of Sharon Fence Company, Sharon, PA, is the new CLFMI Secretary-Treasurer. Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy The three officers were joined on the CLFMI Board of Directors by Andrea Hogan, CEO of Merchants Metals, Atlanta, GA; John Schoenheit, General Manager for Pacific Fence and Wire, Clackamas, OR and Mark Daril, Sales Manager for Lock Joint Tube, Temple, TX The announcement of the election of the Institute’s leaders was made at their Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. At that same meeting the Institute unveiled its 2017 Priority Programs, which included its outreach program to architects and engineers, its contractor education program, and the renewal of its residential market development effort. About Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute is the leading organization of chain link fence manufacturers in the US, Canada and Mexico. For more information visit http://chainlinkinfo.org or call 301-596-2583
News Article | April 25, 2017
It’s not easy to communicate excitement around energy efficiency because it’s all about HVAC upgrades, incremental improvements to boiler systems, and LED lightbulbs. But with the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP –an Apprentice-style energy efficiency face-off in which teams from two organizations try to find wasted energy in the other’s operations–the Department of Energy makes a good show of it. Watching teams of energy professionals nitpick each other’s facilities is surprisingly good viewing, even if the made-for-TV rivalry and portentous voiceover feels too much like The Apprentice at times. The first installment last year saw Whole Foods take on Hilton Worldwide, before a second pitted the Air Force Academy against the Naval Academy. The latest turns to cities, with Boston taking on Atlanta. Teams from each city visit a range of properties, including airports, libraries, water treatment works, and streets. They find faults in corridor airflows, rhapsodize about rooftop solar panels, and needle each other about phantom light fixtures and the height of heating fans. It’s great fun. The serious point, says Maria Vargas, head of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings program, which commissions the web series, is to show how organizations can learn from each other. “Hopefully by seeing real world situations and obstacles, SWAP provides a place for people to learn and feel empowered about making energy efficiencies,” she tells Fast Company. “There’s money investment involved here and people are naturally risk-averse. Seeing other cities do it, and seeing the investments work out, is good information to have.” The first two SWAP series have been viewed about 2 million times on YouTube. Started by the Obama Administration, the Better Buildings program looks to spread efficiency to the nation’s commercial stock, including offices, schools, and city works. Buildings in total account for at least one third of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions and in many cases there’s good money to be had from the cost savings earned from efficiency upgrades. The U.S. spends $200 billion to operate its commercial property, Vargas says, and frequently older buildings can deliver 20% savings just from doing basic things, like installing better lighting, heating systems, or windows. “A lot of organizations will say they’re energy efficient, but when you probe it a little, you find they’ve done one building or they’ve changed some lights. We’re pushing a deeper, more thorough approach,” she says. Stephanie Stuckey-Benfield, Atlanta’s chief resilience officer, says appearing in the SWAP helped her learn a few useful things, including how Boston does procurement of energy-efficiency technology. It also made her jealous that Georgia doesn’t have Massachusetts’s regulatory framework, including energy-efficiency targets and a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard that requires utilities to increase their use of renewables over time. The lack of such measures in Atlanta makes funding projects harder, she says. “The city of Atlanta is a bit of bubble where we get [energy efficiency]. That’s not the case with the rest of the state necessarily,” she says in an interview. “We still have some climate deniers that we have to grapple with.”
News Article | May 5, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 05, 2017) - The U.S. Department of the Navy, Naval Supply Systems Command, released on May 5 a solicitation in which it identified plans to negotiate a firm fixed-price contract in support of the United States Naval Academy's Office Language Study Abroad Program for Arabic and Moroccan Language and Culture Training in Rabat, Morocco. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this acquisition is 611310 and the size standard is $27.5 million. Interested and capable contractors can e-mail Elysia Allen at Elysia.Allen@navy.mil for more information. The contractor who receives this contract must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) database and have as part of the Registration all current Representations and Certifications. US Federal Contractor Registration, the world's largest third-party government registration firm, completes the required Registrations on behalf of its clients. It also makes available information about opportunities like this, as well as training on how to locate, research, and respond to opportunities. We also make available for our clients and for contracting officers our proprietary Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS). Our Advanced Federal Procurement Data Search (AFPDS) gives you in one place instant bid notifications, bid proposal prospecting, and information about government procurement officers. We make this search tool available to clients, as part of our commitment to helping each and every USFCR client succeed and thrive as a government contractor. For contracting officers, the AFPDS gives them in one place access to a database of available contractors and also a place to post information about opportunities. Contracting officers get free access to AFPDS. We also provide interested contracting officers a list of contractors who may be able to provide a service and/or product that they need. For more information, to get started with a SAM registration, or to learn more about how US Federal Contractor Registration can help your business succeed, call 877-252-2700, ext. 1.
News Article | May 4, 2017
-- Dowling & Yahnke, LLC, a San Diego-based wealth advisory firm managing over $3 billion for more than 1,000 clients, is proud to announce thathas been promoted to Portfolio Manager. In his new role, Mark will serve as a primary point of contact for clients.Mark joined Dowling & Yahnke in 2015 as a Portfolio Management Associate. Mark has developed extensive knowledge and leadership in the key aspects of investment management, financial planning, and client servicing. Additionally, Mark embodies the Firm's ongoing dedication to superior academic and industry expertise having earned a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certificate. Mark plays an integral role in the Firm's Investment Committee, Client Service Committee, Culture Committee, and business technology systems research."From day one, Mark has exuded energy, passion, and positivity, and has worked tirelessly to attain the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to provide our clients with the service they deserve and expect," said Will Beamer, President and Chief Investment Officer. "Mark's clear demonstration of excellence makes this promotion well deserved."Prior to joining the Firm, Mark served nearly eleven years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, deploying six times and traveling extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Mark is currently working towards an MBA degree from the Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego. Presently in the Navy Reserve, Mark is a Lieutenant Commander and serves as the Executive Officer of the Commander, Naval Surface Forces Readiness Headquarters in Coronado, CA. Mark was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He lived overseas and on both coasts for a number of years before settling in Carlsbad with his wife and three daughters.Since 1991, Dowling & Yahnke has provided customized solutions in investment management, retirement planning, and charitable giving. As a fiduciary, fee-only adviser, Dowling & Yahnke places clients' interests first, giving them peace of mind in a complex financial world. For more information, visit www.dywealth.com
News Article | May 1, 2017
Previously, Admiral McGinn served on active duty in the United States Navy for 35 years attaining the rank of Vice Admiral. He served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, overseeing the development of future Navy capabilities, and previously commanded the United States Third Fleet. While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist. Admiral McGinn is a former President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) where he led efforts to communicate the economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Admiral McGinn is also a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, the United States Energy Security Council, the Bipartisan Center Energy Board, the past Co-Chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board, and has been an International Senior Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Admiral McGinn holds a BS in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College. He also participated in the National Security Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. McGinn stated, "I am honored to join the board of this dynamic and innovative company. HALO's world-class maritime security solutions represent the very best in technology and customer focused engineering." Eric Johnson, HALO's CEO praised the addition. "Admiral McGinn brings a wealth of leadership and technical acumen to our Board and to the company. I look forward to working with him as we build on our successes and expand the company globally." ABOUT HALO MARITIME DEFENSE SYSTEMS HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HALO) offers unique maritime sea barrier solutions to secure critical assets vulnerable to water-based attacks. In a security-conscious world, both government assets (Naval bases, ships and facilities) and commercial and private assets (ports, terminals, nuclear power plants, and oil & gas rigs) have a real, immediate, and critical need for high levels of protection. HALO Maritime Defense Systems' next generation patented maritime security products offer unique solutions to difficult marine security scenarios. Installed systems demonstrate increased protection against threats, in a smaller footprint with lower competitive lifecycle costs. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dennis-mcginn-joins-the-board-of-halo-maritime-defense-systems-300448935.html
News Article | February 21, 2017
The National Museum of the American Sailor Foundation (NMASF) has announced that Captain James A. Lovell, U.S. Navy (retired), who commanded the Apollo 13 manned moon mission, has joined the Foundation’s board of directors. NMASF is working to create the only museum dedicated exclusively to the enlisted sailor. "I am joining the board because it is time to honor the American Sailor. The enlisted sailor does much of the work in the U.S. Navy and is sometimes overlooked,” says Captain Lovell. “It is appropriate that the museum be placed next to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, which is the only boot camp the Navy has today.” The new 40,000-square-foot museum will be immediately adjacent to the Recruit Training Command where approximately 38,000 men and women each year spend nine weeks of basic training. It will be located within the Sheridan Crossing Cultural, Hospitality and Entertainment District in the City of North Chicago. "Captain Lovell is an American Hero, and we are honored that he has agreed to join our board to make the National Museum of the American Sailor a reality," says Ken Tucker, board president. Lovell commanded Apollo 13--the third lunar landing mission. Two hundred thousand miles from earth an explosion on the spacecraft forced him to bring home the crippled spacecraft and its crew, successfully. Lovell believes that the museum can be used to educate younger citizens about the many benefits of the Navy and incorporate STEM education in real life situations. “The Navy is a good beginning for young people,” says Captain Lovell. “It helps them become confident, responsible, technologically adept, and is an incentive for kids to follow a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, Mathematics) education. And you can see the world.” Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 25, 1928, Captain Lovell grew up captivated by flight. “I grew up in the 1930s, and Charles Lindbergh was my hero,” Captain Lovell recalls. “And my uncle graduated from the Naval Academy and was an early naval aviator who flew in World War I. I’d listen to his stories when he’d visit and was fascinated by his aviation experience.” Lovell joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Wisconsin where he was accepted in the Naval Aviation Holloway Plan after graduating high school. He reported for pre-flight training at Pensacola, Florida. He received an appointment to the Naval Academy in 1948 and after graduation, Captain Lovell returned to Pensacola for flight training in September 1952. Upon completion of his flight training, his first assignment was to Moffett Field California. In January 1958 Captain Lovell entered Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River Maryland. He finished first in his class and after graduation became the Project Manager for the Navy’s F4H jets. In October 1962, Jim Lovell was selected as one of the second group of astronauts to the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA). During the next eleven years he made four space flights and was back up on three more. On Gemini 7 with Frank Borman they set the world space flight endurance record; participated in the first rendezvous with Gemini 6 and conducted 21 medical experiments. As Commander of Gemini 12, he and Buzz Aldrin perfected spacecraft docking techniques and developed Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) procedures necessary for the later flights of the Apollo program. Captain Lovell was navigator on the historic Apollo 8 mission - man’s first flight to the moon. He was the first Naval Officer to reach the moon and successfully evaluated the navigation system while looking for suitable landing sites for future missions. His final space flight was Apollo 13. He was the first person to fly to the moon a second time. In 1994, Lovell and Jeff Kluger wrote “Lost Moon”, the story of the courageous mission of Apollo 13. In 1995, the film version of the bestseller, “Apollo 13” was released to rave reviews In total, Captain Lovell saw a total of 269 sunrises in space and logged over 715 hours. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1973 and spent the next 18 years in private industry, retiring in 1991. He and his wife Marilyn raised four children. To learn more visit http://www.NMASF.org or go to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nmasf.
News Article | February 15, 2017
ThinkGenetic, Inc. is pleased to announce the election of two new members to the ThinkGenetic Board of Directors. New board members include Theodore (Ted) T. Pasquarello of Sudbury, Massachusetts and Gary Butter of Short Hills, NJ. Ted is the Founder and Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Chiswick Trading, Inc., and a former Advisor to Guaranty First Bank. He is the Managing Member of Paris Trust LLC and currently serves on the Boards of UV Tech Systems, and Peddock Capital Advisors (a private wealth management firm). Also, Ted is a Governing Trustee at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, as well as a member of their Science Committee. In addition, Ted is a current member of Boynton Angels, Inc. Gary is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he was a classmate of ThinkGenetic co-founder Len Barker. After graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Gary entered the Navy nuclear power program where he served on a fast attack submarine. He remained in the Navy reserves after his five years of active duty and retired from the reserves as a Navy Captain after 24 years of service. After his active duty time Gary attended law school at NYU and then worked for the law firm Baker Botts LLP in Manhattan as a patent attorney for more than 20 years before joining Google as a corporate patent attorney in 2012. “I am pleased to welcome Ted and Gary as new Board members,” said Dave Jacob, CEO of ThinkGenetic, Inc. “These individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise and will be tremendous assets to our organization as we further our mission of providing reliable information online to those living with genetic conditions.” The ThinkGenetic Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the medical, business, academic communities. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the direction and operation of the organization as well as raise awareness of ThinkGenetic.
News Article | February 28, 2017
JENKS, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gateway Mortgage Group, a privately held mortgage company offering originations, servicing and correspondent lending, has announced the appointment of Rob Hunt as Chief Administrative Officer. In this role, Rob will have executive oversight of finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, and the legal and compliance teams. After graduating from the US Naval Academy, Mr. Hunt served in the US Navy first as a Naval Aviator and then as an Intelligence Analyst. During that time, he obtained the rank of Lieutenant Commander and was also recognized for his leadership and accomplishments with several medals, including a Navy Commendation medal. During his time in the private sector, Mr. Hunt has successfully built and managed cross-functional teams that focus on delivering brand-defining experiences within the financial services industry for both large and start-up sized companies like Capital One and Heritage Union, LLC. “As Gateway reflects on its growth and success for 2016, it is imperative we maintain a strategic eye on the future and how we accomplish our next set of goals,” said Kevin Stitt, CEO of Gateway Mortgage Group. “This is an exciting time at Gateway and we are thrilled to have Rob join our executive leadership team, his experience and abilities are perfectly aligned with our strategic growth plans.” Gateway ended 2016 with nearly $5 billion in mortgage originations, a loan servicing portfolio in excess of $11 billion, 130+ locations and 1,000 team members nationwide. The company recently expanded its licensing footprint in states like Idaho, Nevada, Washington, Utah, Oregon and Arizona. “It was easy to notice Gateway’s track record, but the company is also driven by a set of core values and a culture that is highly appealing,” said Hunt. “Gateway is in the midst of an exciting period of extended growth, and I am looking forward to working with an accomplished set of senior executives to further the company’s success,” he added. After leaving the Navy, Hunt earned his MBA in Finance at the University of Maryland, College Park. Founded in 2000, Oklahoma-based Gateway Mortgage Group LLC is a complete end-to-end mortgage banking firm that specializes in originations, servicing and correspondent lending. The company services more than $12.0 billion in residential mortgages. For more information about Gateway, visit www.GatewayLoan.com.
News Article | February 23, 2017
As 2016 came to a close, the hedge fund industry had experienced four straight quarters of net investor withdrawals, constituting the longest period of capital outflows since the 2008 financial crisis. By April 2016, 85% of hedge funds were below their high water marks. Warren Buffet has long mocked the hedge fund industry, citing high fees and mediocre returns. The existing hedge fund business model appears broken. Two former U.S. naval officers think they know why and have devoted themselves to an entrepreneurial venture seeking to revolutionize investment management. The hedge fund industry is a crowded space and the barriers to entry are high. There are two paths to launching a fund – the first is to work in the investment management industry, applying variations of traditional strategies, until one develops the long track record needed to raise capital; the second is to be staked by wealthy individuals in one’s personal network. The former is unlikely to innovate; research shows that insiders tend not to disrupt their industries. The latter requires the perfect storm of brilliance, vision, and connections to money to bring a novel approach or product to fruition. This being the case, it should be no surprise that most startup hedge funds fail. The barriers described do not just prevent entry – they prevent innovation. Matt Sandretto, a former aviator in the U.S. Navy and a Wharton MBA, recognized that artificial intelligence now has prediction capabilities that no team of humans can match. The technology excels in a whole host of tasks that depend on classification and prediction; artificial intelligence (AI) has enabled the development of autonomous vehicles, the prediction of which movies you might like, and the creation of computers that can beat humans in complex games. Using an AI architecture known as deep neural networks, he has created an equities prediction engine that classifies expected stock performance relative to the upcoming month’s median return. These classifications are then used to build a long-short portfolio of equities. The strategy substantially outperformed the S&P 500 in a 15-year out-of-sample backtest. Currently trading with partner capital, early results have been in alignment with these extensive research and development efforts. Mr. Sandretto will be joined by his business partner, Jeffrey Payne, in formally launching this strategy in September 2017 as Greyfeather Capital, LP (http://www.greyfeathercapital.com). Mr. Payne is a former U.S. Navy submarine officer with science degrees from the United States Naval Academy and MIT and an MBA from the Wharton School. Early-stage investment in Greyfeather Capital, LP will be limited to those individuals and institutions that have demonstrated a commitment to innovation. Greyfeather Capital will also launch a secondary line of business, licensing aspects of its prediction technology to investment management firms for risk management and portfolio construction. The addition of cutting-edge AI prediction technology to existing fundamental strategies can produce very exciting results for investment managers and investors alike. The performance gap between firms committed to harnessing AI and those who are not will likely grow in the years ahead.
Lin C.-K.,Naval Academy
Applied Soft Computing Journal | Year: 2011
This paper presents a new adaptive critic controller to achieve precise position-tracking performance of induction motors using a radial basis function neural network (RBFNN). The adaptive controller consists of an associative search network (ASN), an adaptive critic network (ACN), a feedback controller and a robust controller. Due to the mechanical parameter drift, unmodelled dynamics, actuator saturation, and external disturbances, the exact model of an induction motor is difficult to be obtained. The ASN, which can approximate nonlinear functions, is employed to develop an RBFNN-based feedback control law to deal with the unknown dynamics. The ACN receives a reward from credit-assignment unit to generate an internal reinforcement signal to tune the ASN. Due to the inevitable approximation errors and uncertainties, a robust control technique is developed to reject the effects of the uncertainties. Moreover, the weight updating laws with projection algorithm can tune all parameters of the RBFNN and ensure the localized learning capability. By Lyapunov theory, the stability of the closed-loop system can be guaranteed. In addition, the effectiveness of the proposed RBFNN-based induction motor controller is verified by experimental results. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.