Horizon Marine Expands its Team

Monday, November 18, 2013

Horizon Marine, Inc., provider of operational ocean current analysis and forecasting, announced the addition of David Fratantoni as Chief Technology Officer, Ryan Carlson as Technical Support Specialist and the promotion of Marine Technician Joseph Bertrand to HSE Compliance Officer.

Dr. David Fratantoni joins Horizon Marine after 17 years with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). As a tenured member of the WHOI scientific staff, founder and principal investigator of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory, Dave contributed to the development and novel application of underwater gliders and conducted pioneering research on eddies in the western Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Horizon’s CEO and Founder Jim Feeney said, “We are fortunate to have one of the world’s foremost physical oceanographers leading the development and growth of our operational ocean services.” Dave earned his B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Miami.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Ryan Carlson joins Horizon Marine as Technical Support Specialist. Ryan has a diverse background in electromechanical systems, data processing, mechanical modeling, and alternative energy. During two summer internship positions with Horizon Marine, he focused on optimization algorithms for oceangoing vessels and enhancements to our surface current sensors.

Promoted from within, Horizon Marine’s new HSE Compliance Officer, Joseph Bertrand, has five years of experience as an Oceanographic Technician, participating in FAST Eddysm ocean current surveys in support of offshore operations. A graduate of Texas A&M University at Galveston in Marine Biology, Joseph’s focus was Fisheries Biology, Vertebrate Zoology, and General Biology. Joseph also has experience as Lab Manager in the Antarctic aboard the RVIB’s Nathaniel B. Palmer and Laurence M. Gould where he aided and supervised several National Science Foundation research projects.


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