Phoenix Donates Funding & Advisement To The Catholic University Of America School Of Engineering Design Project

Phoenix Donates Funding & Advisement To The Catholic University Of America School Of Engineering Design Project

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix) and The Catholic University of America join in announcing Phoenix as a sponsor to the School of Engineering for a senior design project at the University.

The $2,000-dollar sponsorship will go towards a mechanical engineering project which entails designing, building and testing a buoyancy engine that can work up to 6000 meters deep. The funds will provide a highly engaging, hands-on learning experience for the seniors that will promote strong problem-solving and teamwork to help them prepare for their future careers.  Phoenix Engineers Peter McKibbin and John McCosker will serve as co-advisors to the team working on the project.

Associate Professor for the Catholic University of America, Dr. Jandro Abot, said of the sponsorship, “We are very appreciative to Phoenix International, a global leader in underwater solutions, for supporting both financially and technically, the senior design project in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Catholic University. Further, we are grateful to both Mr. McKibbin and Mr. McCosker for lending their expertise to our team of students on the design and fabrication and testing of the buoyancy engine.”

Patrick Keenan, President of Phoenix added, “Supporting young minds, particularly in the area of engineering, is vital to the future of our industry.  To that end we are pleased to not only offer a monetary contribution, but guidance from two of our experienced engineers to mentor our next generation of innovators.”

About Phoenix

Phoenix is an employee-owned, ISO 9001-2015 Management System certified marine services contractor providing manned and unmanned underwater solutions, design, engineering, and project management services to a diverse set of clients worldwide. Expertise is available from eight U.S. offices and one Australian Subsidiary in the areas of wet and dry hyperbaric welding, Nondestructive Testing (NDT), subsea engineering, conventional and atmospheric diving, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) operation. Our capabilities include underwater inspection, maintenance, and repair of ships, platforms and structures; deep ocean survey, search and recovery; submarine rescue; subsea construction, tieback, plug and abandonment; underwater mining, subsea archaeology, and documentary production.   For more information, please visit our website at:

About The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America is a private, non-profit Catholic University located in Washington, DC that was established in 1887.  The School of Engineering has a long record of notable alumni and aims to enrich students in innovative paths.  We offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in six academic programs as well as master’s degrees in engineering management, data analytics and materials science.  All members of the full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees and conduct programs of research that support the integral academic mission of the school while advancing the frontiers of engineering knowledge.  For more information, please visit our website at:

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