Bart Eckhardt, P.E., President & CEO of Robson Forensic, Inc. was recognized by SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler as an Outstanding Individual who has made a major impact on the college and within the maritime community. Bart is a 1979 (B.E. Marine Engineering) graduate of Maritime College. He was in impressive company; Kevin Graney, President of General Dynamics NASSCO; and the founding partners of Dome Chartering/Schuyler Line Navigation, Christopher Hughes, Russell Paret and Keith Zelinsky were also honored.
Bart became President & CEO of Robson Forensic in 2006 and led a critical revitalization of the firm. Robson Forensic now enjoys solid and consistent annual growth. Currently, he also heads the Firm's Marine and Industrial Practice Group. More than 80% of the Firm's marine experts are Fort Schuyler graduates, many of whom also have critical leadership roles in the Firm.
In addition to many professional achievements, Bart serves on Fort Schuyler's Engineering Advisory Board. He also served under the federally legislated (Public Law 96-380) Towing Safety Advisory Committee as Subgroup Leader for Tow Gear to prescribe Technical Standards and Best Practices for ocean tows following the grounding of the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) KULLUK.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL AND THE EVENT:
Combining classroom and lab learning with summer sea terms aboard the college training ship and industry internships, SUNY Maritime College prepares its 1,800 students to be leaders in the shipping, transportation and power generation industries, as well as in government, military and business. The 55-acre campus is on a peninsula between the Long Island Sound and East River, 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan.
The Admiral’s Dinner provides an important opportunity to raise much needed scholarship funds for outstanding current and future Maritime students. The dinner has become the College’s main vehicle for raising significant scholarship support. In 2016, the College awarded over $1 million in scholarships of which over half was raised at the Admiral’s Dinner.
In honor of the Engineering Faculty, Bart and his wife, Bonnie Johnson, Robson Forensic Executive V.P., made a significant financial contribution to create the Surfaceblow Endowment. The Endowment will facilitate acquisition, in perpetuity, of lab equipment for the education of engineering students, many of whom also pursue United States Coast Guard licenses. Bart’s roommate from Fort Schuyler, Brian Dengel, matched Bart and Bonnie’s significant contribution. Anyone may contribute to the Endowment at any time.
Due to unprecedented interest in the event in 2017, all tables sold out within days of the announcement. To accommodate demand for tickets, the event in 2017 was moved off campus to a larger venue at Marina del Ray, Bronx, NY.
More information about the Admiral’s Dinner - http://www.sunymaritime.edu/admiralsdinner
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