Ken Vrana

Ken Vrana

Ken has been involved in numerous underwater archaeology and maritime heritage management projects as an operational scuba diver, archeological research diving technician, project coordinator, principal investigator, or consultant since 1979 on sites around the world. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Center for Maritime & Underwater Resource Management (CMURM), a charitable, nonprofit scientific and educational corporation, originally established at Michigan State University in 1994.

Ken was formerly employed by Michigan State University as a research/outreach specialist and director of CMURM, and as an underwater preserve specialist with the Michigan Sea Grant Extension. During that time, he played an instrumental role in establishment of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, the first NOAA marine protected area in the Great Lakes region to focus on historic shipwrecks and other underwater heritage sites.

Ken served as marine archaeologist for the Titanic Expeditions in 2004 and for the Titanic Debris Field Mapping Project in 2010. Within his 35-year career, Ken has recorded nearly 1,000 scientific dives on historic shipwrecks throughout the United States, western Pacific and Caribbean region, including project coordinator for the first civilian expedition to the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1989.

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