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Portland Tidal Power Firm Awarded Federal Grants

August, 2016 (Portland --) Maine Marine Composites will assist Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC)... READ MORE

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Maine Company Announced as Finalist for Wave Energy Prize

August, 2016 (Portland --) Maine Marine Composites (MMC) has completed an extensive analysis... READ MORE

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Maine Marine Composites Completes Research Study on Offshore Wind Turbines

September, 2015 (Portland --) Maine Marine Composites has completed a government funded study of... READ MORE

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MMC gives webinar on issues with mooring systems

Richard Akers, CTO of Maine Marine Composites, gave a webinar... READ MORE

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Maine Marine Composites Wins Federal Grant to Study Ocean Turbine Stress Limits

Jan 14, 2014 ( Portland-- )  Maine Marine Composites has been awarded... READ MORE

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MMC Completes Analyses for Waller Marine, Inc.

October 9, 2012 (Portland --) Maine Marine Composites, LLC (MMC) announced successful... READ MORE

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Maine Marine Composites Presents at IBEX 2012

Richard Akers, CTO of Maine Marine Composites, gave a presentation on "Advanced Analysis for... READ MORE

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Maine Marine Composites Completes Hydrodynamics Analysis for Ocean Renewable Power Company

(Portland --) Maine Marine Composites, LLC (MMC) announced successful completion of a hydrodynamics... READ MORE

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Maine Marine Composites Receives Grant, Subcontract to Extend Analysis Capacity of Software

(Portland --) Maine Marine Composites, LLC has been awarded both a defense subcontract and... READ MORE

The sum of our talented professional staff and our leading edge software design tools allows us to tackle the most difficult engineering problems. Our staff has extensive experience in design synthesis and preliminary design optimization, specialized software development for simulation and engineering analyses, and commercial and government project management. The staff of MMC is more than just a group of boat and ship designers. We have a proven record of success in projects that require the hydrodynamic analysis of offshore energy systems, including floating platforms, and of underwater energy converters. We specialize in providing advanced CFD and FEA services to the offshore energy industry.

Stephen Von Vogt

Stephen Von Vogt

CEO

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Steve is the President, CEO and founder of Maine Marine Composites, LLC. He has a twenty-five years track record as a strategic business leader with consulting and leadership experience in manufacturing, financial services, insurance, professional firms, information systems, city and county government, and library systems. Steve focuses on developing comprehensive strategies, coaching and consulting to leadership teams, and guiding organizations through startups, turnarounds, growth and expansion, reorganizations, sales, and other transitional periods.

Steve is a well-educated manager, starting with a BA in English/Philosophy and an MS in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Illinois, and finishing with an MPA, Finance concentration from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA in 1983.

Steve was the administrator for three growing law firms, managing up to 60 staff. He has directly managed large construction and IS projects such as siting and supervising construction of Hodgdon’s new shipyard facility and railway, and leading a consortium of Maine-based companies seeking market opportunities for composite materials manufacturing. In the non-profit world Steve founded Maine Built Boats, an industry initiative to promote Maine boat building, and he serves as the Managing Director of the Maine Composites Alliance, a non-profit group that supports the FRP design and fabrication industry in Maine. In the private sector he managed numerous projects assessing markets, identifying business trends, and running business development initiatives at Hodgdon, MEA Trust, Maine Marine Manufacturing LLC and various client organizations.

Richard Akers

Richard Akers

Chief Technical Officer

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Dick has worked in both the electronics and marine industries. He began his career by designing computer peripherals for minicomputers. Needing a simulation program to support his design work, he developed a PC-based electronic circuit simulator and a robust component library. After his firm merged with Mentor Graphics Corp., he served as Director of Marketing in the analog division and subsequently as the Director of Marketing for the analog and mixed-signal division, and was responsible for $10 million in sales.

Wishing to get back into engineering, Mr. Akers switched fields to become a naval architect, specializing in small craft dynamics. He developed POWERSEA, an industry-leading simulator for high-speed planing boats. Dick has a Naval Architect (Professional Degree) and a Masters degree from the University of Michigan. He also holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkley and the University of Cincinnati.

NOTE:  Dick has never had an account on "match-dot-com".

Michael MacNicoll

Michael MacNicoll

Engineer

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Michael joined Maine Marine Composites in 2013 as an engineer specializing in hydrodynamic analyses of ships, boats, and moored structures. At MMC, Michael has been responsible for developing complex computer simulation models for offshore engineering projects, including aiding in the construction of one of the largest cable-stayed bridges in the world, and providing recommendations to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on the long term reliability of floating wind turbine mooring systems.

Michael has a BA from Colby College, and a master's degree from the University of Maine in civil engineering. He is the first graduate student alumni of the Marine, Ocean and Offshore Research (MOOR) group at the University of Maine, where he developed mathematical models to predict the dynamic motion and power generation of an innovative wave energy converter concept which was recently a finalist in the Department of Energy's Wave Energy Prize.

Toby Dewhurst, PhD

Engineer

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Tobias Dewhurst is an experimental and numerical hydrodynamicist who specializes in the interaction of floating structures with waves and currents. He earned his PhD at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) characterizing the dynamics of submersible mussel rafts. His fascination with applied hydrodynamics was born while developing hydrofoils for a solar-powered boat competition during his BSME at Cedarville University, OH. That interest led him to UNH, where he earned his master's degree in ocean engineering investigating test platforms for tidal energy conversion technologies before receiving his PhD in mechanical engineering for his aquaculture work. He also provides modeling expertise to wave energy developers, and has developed an award-winning outreach program for middle school students around the physics of buoys.

Charles Thibault

Software Engineer

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Charles specializes in dynamic simulation of structures and of fluid systems. He received his Bachelors in Science from Maine Maritime Academy in 2010, where he was named as one of eleven outstanding students by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

Charles specializes in potential flow code analyses of ships, barges and moored structures. An expert in the use of the ANSYS AQWA flow code, Charles has analyzed hydrokinetic energy converter systems including surge and heave wave energy converters. He has analyzed complicated, deep water mooring systems including a preliminary analysis for a hydrokinetic energy system sited in half-mile deep water off the Florida coast.

In addition to his engineering work, Charles is rated as a Coast Guard 3rd Assistant Engineer and is licensed to sail as a crew member on craft with unlimited horsepower.