For those of you who have not had the great pleasure of meeting Ross Hansen (Director of Facilities and Planning at SML)
or perhaps don’t know him very well, let us celebrate his dedication to SML with you here. Ross began his career at SML in 1995 as a seasonal Island Engineer after hearing about the job from his father, who had taken a class at SML in 1975. From there, Ross caught the “Shoals Bug” and continued to work on Appledore Island as seasonal staff until 1998 when he was hired full-time.
Ross champions long-term facilities improvements, vessel management, and day-to-day facilities needs. He handles the permits, budgets, registrations, contracting, and all types of projects to keep the island running smoothly for students, faculty and staff. He also co-leads the Sustainable Engineering Internship, which brings four engineering students to Appledore Island each summer to help SML advance its sustainability planning and projects. He enjoys mentoring interns as they embrace the hands-on and experiential learning that SML offers. Ross is a key part of the SML community and we are so grateful for all his work and dedication over the years! He literally keeps us up and running! Thanks Ross for your enthusiasm for all things Shoals!
Pictured here with Ross is a recent photo of SML's largest research vessel, the R/V Kingsbury, which we are happy to announce is in the water for the season after much maintenance and repair work this spring by Ross, Mike Rosen (SML Director of Operations) and others! We thank them for their hard work to keep the boat in tip-top shape!