Hans Van Sumeren is the Director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City, Michigan. He has over 32 years of experience across multiple water-related programs and activities at the University of Michigan and Northwestern Michigan College. While at NMC he has developed several new initiatives in water-related education including degrees in Freshwater Studies, Water Quality & Environmental Technology, Marine Technology, and an Offshore ROV Pilot Training credential. He has led numerous research projects throughout the Great Lakes and US coastal oceans focusing on mapping and exploration of marine ecosystems and marine archaeology. Hans is the Marine Technology Society – Great Lakes section chair and is also a trustee at large with The Hydrographic Society of America. He is a Chartered Marine Technologist with the Marine Technology Society and Society of Underwater Technology.
Jude D., VanSumeren H., Lutchko J. (2022), First Documentation of Spawning by Deepwater Sculpin in the Great Lakes and Potential Impacts of Round Gobies, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Volume 48, Issue 2, April 2022, Pages 614-619
VanSumeren, H., Hotaling, L., Bailey, E., Slade, J. (2021) Ocean Technology Field Academy – Empowering Ocean Stakeholder for Sustainable Future, https://doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.55.3.36 (doi: 10.4031/MTSJ.55.3.36)
VanSumeren, H. (2020). Filling the Pipeline: How Northwestern Michigan College building a new generation marine technologist for tomorrow’s workforce. In Hotaling, L. and Spinrad, R. (editors), Preparing a workforce for the new blue economy (pp.433-443). ELSEVIER. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-821431-2.00046-9
VanSumeren H., (2020), Peering below the waves – Lakebed 2030 initiative provides a vision for a comprehensive mapping of Great Lakes bottomlands, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, State of the Great Lakes report, PP. 20-21
VanSumeren H., (2020), MTS Journal, Special Issue Lakebed 2030: A Comprehensive Great Lakes Mapping Approach, Guest Editor May/June 2020
VanSumeren H. (2020) Beneath the surface: A deep dive perspective on mapping the Great Lakes, Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors Annual Conference, Kalamazoo, MI
VanSumeren H. (2020) Marine Technology at NMC – Student Sucesses and Outcomes, Underwater Intervention Conference, New Orleans, LA