Etched Glass Donor Plaque for Scripps Aquarium in La Jolla California
I was commissioned by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to create this commemorative etched glass donor plaque for the Scripps Aquarium in La Jolla California. The display honors the donors who contributed to the research vessel Bob and Betty Beyster to foster a legacy of ocean exploration for the next generation of scientists at the Institute.
The Research Vessel Bob and Betty Beyster is a purpose-built coastal research vessel designed for efficient operations offshore Southern California and throughout the Channel Islands. Operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography from our home port (the world-class Nimitz Marine Facility in Point Loma), Bob and Betty Beyster is a shared-use research facility that is available for use by scientists, engineers, students and educators supported by federal, state, local and non-governmental agencies.
R/V Bob and Betty Beyster is a general-purpose oceanographic research vessel constructed by Armstrong Marine in Port Angeles, WA and delivered to Scripps Oceanography in 2019. This vessel was made possible by generous support in honor of Dr. J. Robert Beyster, founder of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and his widow Betty Beyster (see story linked here).
Bob and Betty Beyster features a dynamic positioning system (DPS) that integrates GPS navigation data with propulsion controls to automatically maintain heading and position, even in strong currents and windy conditions. This capability, previously available only on much larger oceanographic research ships, allows Bob and Betty Beyster to conduct scientific operations requiring precise stationkeeping never before possible on a coastal research boat. This, in conjunction with the boat's capable navigation and propulsion systems, enables precise vessel handling required for CTD casts, open-ocean instrument mooring placement, remotely-operated vehicle deployments, and other scientific operations that require reliable stationkeeping.
The glass donor plaque display was created using bronze glass with pigmented lettering and imagery for extra visual impact. It is mounted on the wall of the main entry room of the aquarium and is visible to all who enter this esteemed institution.