2018 – Present
Engineering and marine consultant, MARTIN, OTTAWAY, van HEMMEN & DOLAN, INC. Experienced in wave energy power generation, mechanical and electrical design, naval architecture, ocean engineering, systems engineering, project management, spacecraft operations, physical oceanography, underwater construction, dive operations and training, patent processes, and alternative and sustainable energy production.
2011 – 2017
Independent wave energy conversion researcher. Continued research on wave energy generation approaches. Promotion of prior inventions. Evaluation of wave energy conversion proposals.
2004 – 2011
Research Engineer/Diving Safety Officer, STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Hoboken, NJ, while obtaining Master’s Degree in Ocean Engineering. Wave energy conversion research and wave tank experiments. Design and analysis of wave energy recovery devices. Patent formulation and application for various wave energy harnessing device inventions. Diving Safety Officer and research diver for Stevens underwater experiments. Instructed numerous PADI Open Water divers in class and pool sessions for Stevens’ Physical Education course PE115.
2000 – 2004
Spacecraft Operations Analyst, LORAL SKYNET, Hawley, PA. Lead analyst in charge of managing the orbital control systems and orbits of three commercial satellites including Telstar 11 (Orion 1), Echostar 3 (Lockheed Martin A2100AX), and Echostar 8 (Space Systems/Loral SSL-1300). Planning and performing maneuvers of the satellites, monitoring the CNC systems including momentum wheels, thrusters, and fuel status, and maintaining Earth-pointing of the payloads.
1996 – 2000
Satellite Systems Engineer, LOCKHEED-MARTIN TECHNICAL OPERATIONS, Sunnyvale, CA. Managed U.S. Air Force Satellite Communications Network (AFSCN) assets in a 24/7 classified operations center. Responsible for ground system hardware and software operations. Required to maintain command and control (CNC) capabilities of AFSCN assets including military communications and Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. Resource Ground Controller; lead decision maker during resolution of ground system anomalies during shift including resolution of CNC issues between the control room and ground stations around the globe and between the control room and satellite CNC payloads.
1987 – 1992
Engineering Aid/Deep Sea Diver, US NAVY CONSTRUCTION BATTALIONS (Seabees). Naval Support Office La Maddalena, Italy from December 1987 to January 1990. Underwater Construction Team Two (UCT-2) and deployed with UCT-2 to the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Honorably Discharged as an Engineering Aid Second Class-Diver on 19 July 1992. Enrolled in the Oceanography program at Humboldt State University upon discharge and used the GI Bill and Veterans Upward Bound program to help finance education.
Principal Investigator, “Use of Forward Scattering Particle Image Velocimetry to Quantify a Flow Field near a Fully Submerged Tension Leg Platform in the Presence of Waves,” a fundamental research project, funded by the Office of Naval Research, program manager Dr. Ronald Joslin (2009-2011)
Subject Matter Expert, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Ocean Wave Energy Resource Assessment for the US Department of Energy (2010-2012)
Subject Matter Expert and Co-Author, US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Technical Advisory Group 114 (TAG-114), Hydrokinetic Energy Systems, Resource Assessment Standards Development for the International Electrotechnical Commission, Technical Committee 114, (IEC TC-114) (2009-2012)
Sole Inventor, US Utility Patent 8093736B2, Wave Energy Harnessing Device, Assignees: The Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology
Technical Advisor, Artificial Reef Project, Controlled Sinking of the USS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Key West, Florida (2008-2009)
American Academy of Underwater Sciences, Diving Safety Officer (AAUS-DSO), Lead Diver, Department of Homeland Security, Diver Detection Program, Stevens Institute of Technology (2004-2010)
Education and Professional Qualifications
Master of Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey (2009)
Satellite Communications Engineering Graduate Certificate, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey (2004)
Bachelors of Science, Oceanography, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California (1996)
Mission Controller, Lockheed Martin Technical Operations, Sunnyvale, California (1998)
Resource Ground Controller, Lockheed Martin Technical Operations, Sunnyvale, California (1998)
Open Water Scuba Instructor (PADI 231225), Professional Association of Diving Instructors (2007)
Basic Underwater Construction Technician (Honor Graduate), U.S. Navy, Port Hueneme, California (1990)
Second Class Diver (Class Leader, Honor Graduate), U.S. Navy, Coronado, California (1990)
Boot camp, U.S. Navy, San Diego, CA (1987)
Engineering Aid “A” school, Port Hueneme, CA (1987)
Member, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Member, SNAME Technical Panel, Annual Meeting 2009, Providence, Rhode Island “Ocean Energy – How Will It Be Developed?”
Member, US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Technical Advisory Group for marine hydrokinetic systems (NREL TAG-114) (2008-2011)
Member, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Technical Committee for global marine hydrokinetics industry (TC114) (2008-2011)
Professional Association of Diving Instructors (OWSI 231225)
American Academy of Underwater Sciences, Diving Safety Officer (AAUS-DSO), Stevens Institute of Technology (2007-2011)
US Patent 8093736, WAVE ENERGY HARNESSING DEVICE, issued 10 Jan 2012
Honor Graduate, U.S. Navy Second Class Dive School, Coronado, CA (1990)
Honor Graduate, U.S. Navy Basic Underwater Construction School, Port Hueneme, CA (1990)
“A Systems Model for Commercializing Emerging Technology: Wave Energy Farm System (WEFS) Case Study” (2012)
Oscar Bonilla*, Donald N. Merino, Michael Raftery, Tamara Wainer, Rashmi Jain
Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030
IEC/TS 62600-100:2012(E) provides a method for assessing the electrical power production performance of a Wave Energy Converter (WEC), based on the performance at a testing site
“Key Engineering Issues for Economically Viable Ocean Wave Energy Conversion,” Raftery, M.W., R. Datla, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), Conference Paper, SNAME Annual Meeting & Expo (2009), “Ocean Energy” Special Panel member
Masters’ Thesis: “Harnessing Ocean Surface Wave Energy to Generate Electricity” Stevens Institute of Technology (2009)
“Ocean Surface Wave Energy Harnessing Development at Stevens Institute of Technology,” Raftery, M.W., R. Stolkin, Marine Technology Society, Conference Paper (MTS Oceans 2007), Vancouver, British Columbia
Stevens Institute of Technology AAUS Diving Manual, (2007-2011)
“An Update on Large Scale Wave Energy Conversion” published and presented at SNAME Maritime Convention, in Tacoma, WA, October 30, 2019, co-authored with Rik van Hemmen
“The Use of Wave Focusing Technologies for Wave Energy Conversion Applications” published and presented at SNAME Maritime Convention, in Tacoma, WA, October 30, 2019, co-authored with Rik van Hemmen
Habitat for Humanity, home improvement projects with Leesburg, VA and Ventnor, NJ offices
Languages: English, native language
Italian and Spanish, reading and writing
Nationality: United States Citizen
Department of Defense, Secret, U.S. Navy (retired July 1992)
Department of Defense, Secret, Lockheed Martin Technical Operations (retired January 2000)
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