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C. Eben Franks

Eben Franks has more than 45 years of experience as a sailor, sea-going technician, geological engineer, geochemist, marine science educator, ROV pilot, adventurer and ocean explorer. Between 1981 and 2002, he was manager of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Stable Isotope Paleoclimate lab. During that time, he personally collected over 500 deep sea sediment cores ranging in length from a few inches to more than 100 feet. In 2002, Eben collected the longest sediment core ever taken in the Arctic, more than 65 feet. Since beginning his sea-going career at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1971, Eben has spent more than 8 1/2 years at sea on numerous research vessels worldwide. Since graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Geology in 1977, he has visited 25 countries and participated in more than 40 major expeditions from the Equator to high latitudes studying climate change, geophysics, physical oceanography, marine geology, marine biology, underwater archeology and deep ocean minerals exploration. In 2011, Eben was the scientific liaison on a major Korean research expedition in the SW Pacific. During 6 weeks at sea, millions of tons of high-grade poly-metallic sulfides were discovered, sampled and documented using an Oceaneering Magnum ROV. The value of these deposits was estimated in the tens to hundreds of billions of dollars. Prior to semi-retirement in 2014, Eben was Director of Solutions Support for Liquid Robotics, Inc., a Sunnyvale (Silicon Valley) California-based startup company. Between 2010 and 2013, he was employed as an ROV Project Manager and Sales and Marketing Representative at Deep Sea Systems International/Oceaneering in Cataumet, Mass. He is currently test site manager for Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative’s Bourne Tidal Turbine Test Site in the Cape Cod Canal.