We have great reason to celebrate! Ed Link, who is considered to be one of the “12 most important undersea explorers” and the “Father of Flight Simulation,” would be elated to know that his mission to perpetuate and enhance technical leadership and excellence in his fields of interest – namely, simulation and training, energy resources development and conservation, and ocean engineering and instrumentation - continues to flourish today. In 2013 the Link Foundation will commemorate its 60th year and Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute will celebrate its 40th year of their Summer Intern program. The Link Foundation has continued to fund the Summer Intern program since its inception.
To honor all that have travelled with us in the past and those that will continue to travel with us in the future, we will be hosting “A 60/40 Homecoming: 60 Years of the Link Foundation … 40 Years of Harbor Branch Summer Interns.” This event will feature lectures by former Link scholars and a dinner which will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. If you would like more information regarding this event, please contact Martha Gahring, Link Foundation Office Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Link Foundation is very proud of all of its programs. A testimonial from Dr. Joe Dumas, who received the first Link Foundation Fellowship in Advanced Simulation and Training, speaks volumes: “Being chosen for the Link Foundation Fellowship was not only a great honor, but also a huge boost to my academic career.” Dr. Dumas’ doctoral research in measuring and compensating for transport delays in a computer-based driving simulator led to numerous related academic positions. One such position included the opportunity to work with real-time simulators and human-computer interfaces in the virtual reality laboratory at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. He is honored to give back to the organization that helped shape his future by serving on the selection committee for the Link Foundation’s Simulation and Training Fellowship program where he is helping to select a new generation of Link Fellows to “carry on the proud tradition of excellence.”
I would like to thank our extended Link Foundation family, which includes the communities served by the Link Foundation, its past and present doctoral fellows, summer interns, and scholarship recipients, as well as our university, corporate, and individual partners and friends, for their loyal and collective support which infuses life into our mission. I hope that you will seriously consider a charitable gift to the Link Foundation. In doing so, you are helping to chart a course for young careers, enabling them to help make our world a better place for the generations that follow.
Thomas F. Kelly, Ph.D.
Chair, Board of Trustees
The Link Foundation
c/o Binghamton University Foundation
PO Box 6005
ATTN: Martha J. Gahring