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Landmark Merger Creates Virginia Digital Maritime Center: A Hub for Maritime Excellence

Suffolk, VA. (March 14, 2024) – The ODU Office of Enterprise Research and Innovation (OERI) is excited to announce the creation of the Virginia Digital Maritime Center (VDMC), a merger of the Maritime Industrial Base Ecosystem (MIBE) and the Virginia Digital Ship Program. VDMC is set to support Virginia’s maritime enterprise by leveraging applied research and cutting-edge technology, to advance the…

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National Defense Industrial Strategy Released

In mid-January, the Pentagon released America’s first National Defense Industrial Strategy ( to remedy growing concerns about the “more robust, resilient, and dynamic industrial ecosystem” the Dept. of Defense says it needs to ensure global defense and security over the coming five years of challenge in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Arctic, and the South Pacific. The 65-page NDIS offers a…

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Virginia Digital Maritime Center Attends Brick by Brick LEGO Shipbuilding Event

On Saturday, February 3rd, the Virginia Digital Maritime Center (VDMC) team volunteered at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum Brick by Brick LEGO Shipbuilding event. This event occurs every year and is free for families to attend. There’s a ton of hands-on robotics demos, LEGO displays, and LEGO-related activities. Families had the opportunity to visit the VDMC table and digitally build…

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Virginia Beach Students Answer the Digital Ship Challenge

Suffolk, VA. (January 8, 2024) – Teams from the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) and Landstown High School, both in Virginia Beach, gathered at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC) on Friday, December 15, 2023, for the Digital Ship Challenge Mid-Year Review. In partnership with the Virginia Ship Repair Foundation (VSRA) and the Virginia Maritime Association (VMA), the Digital…

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Maritime Trades Magnet Program Update

Summer extension of the Maritime Trades Magnet (MTM) Program continues to give Norfolk teens access to advanced manufacturing technologies at the Norview Community Center. In July, the success of the program attracted the attention of the City of Norfolk Communications Department; it will feature MTM in a soon-to-be-released video on its social media and local TV platforms. In August, the…

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Maritime Skilled Trades Alignment Update

The Maritime Skilled Trades Alignment Project (MSTAP) is designed to model a framework for public/private maritime skilled trades definition alignment and certificate portability across the region’s maritime industry. (MSTAP is funded through the Department of Labor Community Projects Grant program.) John Snell, VDMC Senior Program Manager for Maritime Trades, is engaged with educational, industry, and community SMEs to develop a…

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The GO TEC bus revisits Hampton Roads

Over 10 days in July, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s Jacob Taylor collaborated with Portsmouth educators to host a Vex Robotics competition for Starbase Victory students at the Children’s Museum of Virginia. “Throughout the week students built, programmed, tested, and finally competed with their original Vex Robotics designs. learning how to approach a problem and iterate in the…

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26th Annual ASNE-SIKA Build-a-Boat Competition Recap

The Digital Ship program was heavily involved in the 26th Annual ASNE-SIKA Build-a-Boat Competition, held at the Norfolk Harborfest June 10-12. We were there to support two separate teams: the ODU ASNE Student Chapter and Hampton High School Maritime Academy. Digital Ship also co-sponsored this event, along with ODU’s Batten College of Engineering and Technology, and many local industry partners.…

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ODU’s Marine Engineering and Digital Shipbuilding Programs Showcased at Harborfest

By Joe Garvey Students from Old Dominion University’s chapter of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) showcased the marine engineering program at the Batten College of Engineering and Technology and the digital shipbuilding program at the Virginia Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Center (VMASC) during Harborfest weekend in Norfolk. Three members of ODU’s ASNE chapter participated in the ASNE-SIKA Ultimate…

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