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Career Award Winner Develops an App to Help Commercial Boats Stay Safe

September 15, 2011

Leigh McCue-Weil A Virginia Tech College of Engineering researcher has developed an application that can help captains of commercial fishing vessel and other small boats better and more safely maneuver their craft in water. Commercial fishermen--her main target audience for the app--have the highest fatality rate among all occupations in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Full Story

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