Rowan teams with Subsea Oil Technologies on oil containment solutions

Two Washington Township residents — one a professor at Rowan University and one an inventor — are teaming to develop containment methods for subsea oil and/or gas spills.
Two Washington Township residents — one a professor at Rowan University and one an inventor — are teaming to develop containment methods for subsea oil and/or gas spills.

Dr. Beena Sukumaran, chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering in Rowan University’s College of Engineering, and Scott Wolinsky, a senior patent agent at the law firm of Volpe and Koenig, P.C., in Philadelphia, as well as a former patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, are principal players in a technical collaboration agreement between Subsea Oil Technologies, Inc., in Houston, and Rowan.

The agreement calls for the Rowan professor and her students to work on research and development projects related to oil and/or gas spill (blowout) containment methods and apparatus configurations.

Sukumaran, chair of the research team, previously served as a consultant to Fugro-McClelland Marine Geosciences, Inc., where she performed analysis on suction caissons, which are foundation systems used for deepwater oil platforms. Sukumaran is the author of several publications associated with caissons, including “Efficient Finite Element Techniques for Limit Analysis of Suction Caissons Under Lateral Loads” and “Total and Effective Stress Analysis of Suction Caissons for Gulf of Mexico Conditions.” She also performed analysis of suction caissons while working on a research fellowship at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and as a research engineer at Amoco Corporation. 

Wolinsky is the inventor of Subsea’s patent-pending technology for containing subsea oil and/or gas spills. He has been communicating and meeting with several engineering chairpersons, professors and administrators at Rowan since August 2010, and he will continue to work with Rowan’s research team to further develop this technology.  In October, Wolinsky met with personnel at the National Oil Spill Response & Renewable Energy Test Facility (Ohmsett) located at the Naval Weapons Station Earle Waterfront in Leonardo, N.J., to discuss Subsea’s research plans.

All new intellectual property developed as a result of collaborative efforts between Subsea and Rowan will be jointly assigned.

Dr. Gautam Pillay, associate provost for research at Rowan University, said, “This project provides an excellent opportunity for our engineering professors and students to collaborate with a respected organization on a problem that often impacts our environment and way of life.”

(NOTE: Subsea is owned equally by two holding companies: ADB International Group, Inc. {Pinksheets: ADBI}, which is located in Miami, and American International Industries, Inc. {OTCBB and OTCQB: AMIN}, which is located in Kemah, Texas. Subsea was organized for the purpose of designing, testing and producing efficient, high-quality and fully operational safety and emergency equipment for the undersea oil and gas industries. Subsea has established an on-going program to build an intellectual property portfolio of patent applications directed towards expediting the containment of undersea oil and/or gas spills, such as the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, at least until a relief well can be drilled.