|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||February 23, 2004
|| Dr. John Tunnell, Associate Director Harte Research
Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, (361) 825-2736; Steve Paschal,
Public Affairs, (361) 825-5510
Deep Sea Diving Pioneer Dr. Phil
Nuytten to be Next Speaker in Harte Research Institute’s Distinguished
Dr. Phil Nuytten, one of the pioneers of the modern commercial diving
industry, will be the next guest speaker in the Harte Research Institute’s
Distinguished Lecturer Series, Monday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in the Texas
A&M University-Corpus Christi University Center Lone Star Ballroom.
Nuytten, who has spent nearly 40 years developing undersea systems designed
for the safety of the diving technician, will speak on “Getting
to the Bottom: A Half Century of Deep Underwater Technology.”
In the 1960s, Nuytten was heavily involved in experimental deep-diving
and the development of mixed gas decompression tables. He is the co-founder
of Oceaneering International, Inc. one of the largest undersea skills
companies in the world and has been instrumental in the development and
acceptance of Atmospheric Diving System technology. In 1979, he began
work on a revolutionary one-atmosphere diving suit which led to the “Newtsuit,
a hard suit that completely protects the wearer from outside pressure
at depths of up to 1,000 feet and eliminates the need for decompression.
In 1997, Nuytten and his design team produced the micro-submersible “Deepworker,” a
revolutionary deep-diving system that has been called an “underwater
sports car.” He received a five-year contract from the National
Geographic Society to provide Deepworkers and crews for Sustainable Seas
Expeditions, a deep ocean environmental impact initiative of Dr. Sylvia
Earle, chair and program coordinator for the Harte Institute for the
Gulf of Mexico Studies at A&M-Corpus Christi.
In 2000, Nuytten introduced the “Exosuit,” an ultra-light
swimming hard suit. He recently completed a contract for the Canadian
Department of National Defense to examine the feasibility of using the
suit as a submarine escape device. Plans are currently underway to produce
a space version of the Exosuit.
Nuytten has earned many international honors including the Explorer’s
Club prestigious Lowell Thomas Award. He is a member of the Diving Hall
of Fame and, in 2000, received the Canadian Underwater Pioneer Award.