The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 15–20 | Cite as

Sea grant — Technology transfer in marine systems

  • William F. Whitmore


This paper presents several examples of transfer of technology from aerospace systems to marine systems, drawing on the author's personal experience with the shipboard installation of Navy guided missiles and in the area of advanced design deep submersibles. A few instances of marine technology transfer to other disciplines are also included. Emphasis is on the culture clash of advanced technology and exotic materials on a conservative, long-established, and slowly evolving body of technology represented by naval architecture and marine engineering professions. Some concluding remarks discuss the organizational and personal environment which helps or hinders these transfers, with mention of the role of “technological gatekeepers” in the sense of Thomas Allen (T. Allen: Managing the Flow of Technology, MIT Press, 1977).


Economic Growth Advanced Technology Personal Experience Technology Transfer Industrial Organization 
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© Technology Transfer Society 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • William F. Whitmore
    • 1
  1. 1.Ocean Systems at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Inc.USA

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