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The concept of a personalized safety system against the threat of a Tsunami was first envisioned by Julian Sharpe while spending the weekend at Cannon Beach, Oregon, with his family. The memory of the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami, which took the lives of approximately 225,000 people, was relatively fresh in his mind.

On returning to the office of IDEA International the following Monday, Julian shared his idea with his colleague, Scott Hill, who happened to be quite impressed. The two of them proceeded to develop a fully working design concept, performed some initial structural analysis and converged on a functioning design.

Julian and Scott then decided to enter the design into the 2011 NASA Tech Brief Innovation Contest. The entry resulted in the capsule being voted 9th out of about 350 entries. This result spurred the two on and resulted in some media attention. Local media heard of the design and became long term advocates of the project.

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Survival Capsule President Julian Sharpe

Julian Sharpe


Julian Sharpe earned his degree in Aeronautical Engineering and Design from Loughborough University of Technology in England and has 27 years of aircraft and space industry experience. more >>
Survival Capsule Vice President Scott Hill

Scott Hill

Vice President

Scott began his career with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University followed by work in aerospace with the Boeing Company (Everett, WA). more >>
Survival Capsule Vice President Eddie N. Bernard, Ph.D

Eddie N. Bernard, Ph.D

Vice President for Research

Dr. Eddie Bernard is a subject matter expert and consultant on issues dealing with tsunami warning systems, tsunami mitigation and education programs, and tsunami research.more >>

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