Dr. Fred Cotaras AMA

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Acoustical Ask-Me-Anything

with Dr. Fred Cotaras, 
Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Maritime Division, Ultra Electronics

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Monday, November 11 in ETC 4.120 at 2 PM
*Note: different day and time*

We will be talking with Dr. Fred Cotaras, CTO for Ultra Electronics Maritime Division.  He is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Maritime Division technology roadmap, assessment of technology positioning for each business, and technology investments.  His previous position as VP Sales and Marketing culminated in the successful selection of Ultra as the ASW Lead for the Canadian Surface Combatant program and as supplier of an in-line active/passive towed array sonar for the Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade for the Halifax Class Frigate.

Dr. Cotaras received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UT Austin in acoustics under Professor David Blackstock.  He subsequently worked for the Canadian government at Defence Research and Development Canada (then DREA) as the Group Leader, Sonar Concepts Group, which included management the Towed Integrated Active-Passive Sonar project with the in-line projector array.  That project eventually lead to the Australian Hobart Class AWD Integrated Sonar System.  Next, he worked for General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada, where one of his responsibilities was for all aspects of the Swedish Visby Class HYDRA Integrated Underwater Combat System encompassing sonobuoys, ROV-based mine-hunting sonars, ROV for mine-disposal, own-ship noise monitoring, and sonar performance prediction.

Dr. Cotaras will begin with a 30 minute presentation, after which he will take questions about both employment and funding opportunities at Ultra.  Faculty and staff as well as students are invited. As always, snacks will be provided.

The Acoustical AMA series allows current students to meet with acoustical professionals in an informal setting and pick their brains concerning all things acoustics and related career paths.

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