In 2003, Ian and fellow explorer Craig Mullen
created an European non-profit, the Aurora Trust
, to carry out marine archeology projects for foreign governments, a continuation of MRDF's
goals under a European umbrella.
A life long entrepreneur, Mr. Mullen
has over 30 years experience in starting, growing and managing high technology businesses.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University in microbiology in 1966 and undertook graduate studies prior to becoming a Naval Officer during the Vietnam era.
In 1974 he joined Alcoa Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), as Vice President of Operations.
In 1980, he
was part of a management team that purchased the subsidiary from ALCOA.
Its name was changed to Eastport International, and Mr. Mullen served as its President from 1980 to 1993.
Eastport International specialized in pioneering the use of robotic technology for undersea and land applications.
Eastport also directed deep ocean operations for the US Government and numerous commercial clients and was adept in prototype product development.
Mr. Mullen also co-founded Pressure Technologies, Inc. in 1989 and served as a Director until its acquisition by Carlton Technologies in 1998.
specialized in the production of lightweight composite pressure vessels for aerospace, medical and defense applications.
In 1993, he
negotiated the merger of Eastport with Oceaneering International.
Asked to remain after the merger and grow its non-oil and gas business units, Mr. Mullen helped create the Advanced Technologies Group and served as its President until 1997, creating theme park robotics, undersea telecommunications and marine construction enterprise groups.
The Advanced Technologies Group
undertook client paid R&D, field operations, product development and manufacturing for NASA
, US Navy
, Universal Studios
, Walt Disney
, General Construction
and many more.
Mr. Mullen left Oceaneering in 1997 to form Sconset Ventures, Inc., a consulting and venture capital firm based on Nantucket Island, and joined Wastech International in 1999 as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.