Ismail Cicek, Ph.D.

Serving with over 30 years of industrial and academic experience

Ismail Cicek is a Marine Engineer with a BS degree received in 1990. He studied PhD in Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas Tech University, Texas, USA. His graduate studies included random vibrations of mechanical systems, an investigation study completed both theoretically and experiementally.

Dr Cicek has industrial and academic experience over 30 years. He gained engineering and leadership experience by working in the United States Department of Defence projects and programs as systems development engineer for 15 years. 

He led the development of various engineering systems for platforms including C-5, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, and C-130 E/H/J.  He worked in the team of quality people of 55 for the development of Malfunction Data Recorder Analysis Recorder System (MADARS) development for military transport aircraft. He worked as the software engineer, systems, engineer, research engineer, and seniour engineer, test manager, and lead engineer.

Dr. Cicek’s experience includes unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development where he developed and completed laboratory testing with Hardware-in-the-Loop test setup at the Systems Integration Lab (SIL) at OnBoard Software, Inc, San Antonio, TX and managed field testing at the UAS Division of MTC Technologies at Rancho Cordova, CA. The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) utilized the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) data for simulation of the UAV flight dynamics and navigation.

Dr Cicek worked as the lab chief engineer for five years at the US Air Force Aeromedical Test Lab at WPAFB, OH.

Dr Cicek, 810H Test and Evaluation of Equipment at a C17 Aircraft Site.
Dr Cicek, 810H Test and Evaluation of Equipment at a C17 Aircraft Site.

He worked as a Principle Investigator and became a Subject Matter Expert (SME) at the US Air Force Aeromedical Test Lab (WPAFB/OH) for certifying the products to the US Air Force Platform Requirements. He also developed Joint Enroute Care Equipment Test Standard (JECETS) in close work with US Army Test Lab engineers and managers. He received many important awards at the positions he served, due to the excellent team-work and his detail oriented and energetic personality.  These included Terra Health’s Superior Client Award in 2009 and Engineering Excellence Award in 2010. He received appreciation letters and awards from the US Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC), signed by the commander in charge. He developed test requirements, performed qualification tests of many equipment, and generated many environmental qualification test reports. During his service at the USAF Test Lab, Dr. Cicek worked on the development of an aeromedical test standard called JECETS, which was published by the US DOD in 2012.

Providing engineering, consultancy, and training services to many companies and organizations, Dr. Cicek has gained a great insight into the tailoring of standard test methods in accordance with military standards, guides, and handbooks as well as Life Cycle Environmental Profile (LCEP) developed for the equipment under test. He also became experienced in developing Mission Profile of the equipment which drives the equipment’s test procedure development.

Aermedical Equipment Testing for Acceleration Requirements. Sled Testing.
Aeromedical Equipment Testing, US Air Force, Farewell Party for Dr. I. Ismail Cicek, by Mr. Mark Kuntavanish, Thanks to all Team!
Graphic art was prepared by Mr. Kuntavanish and presented to Ismail Cicek on Farewell Luncheon in 2013. Cartoon graphic art represents the tests undertaken at the Aeromedical Test Lab, WPAFB, OH.

After relocated at Tuzla, Istanbul, Dr Cicek established a test lab called Marine Equipment Test Center (METC) in 2020 at Istanbul Technical University, Tuzla Campus, for testing of equipment per military and civilian standards, such as MIL-STD-810H or RTCA-DO-160.

ITU DETAM Lab1 01. ITU Marine Equipment Test Center. MIL-STD-810H Test Lab.
A view from the Marine Equipment Test Center. Temperature and Corrosion Test Cabins are shown.

Dr. Cicek completed various product and research projects, funded in the USA, EU, and Turkey. He is currently teaching at Istanbul Technical University Maritime Faculty, Tuzla/Istanbul. He is the founding manager of the METC in Tuzla Campus of ITU. Meanwhile, he provided engineering services, consultancies, and training to many organizations for product development, engineering research studies such a algorith development, test requirements development, and test plans and executions.

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Work Experience

2017 – current: Managing Director, Marine Equipment Test Center (METC), Istanbul Technical University, Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey.

2014 – current: General Manager, GDS Engineering R&D, Inc. Teknopark Istanbul.

2013 – current: Asst Prof., Marine Engineering Dept., ITU, Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey.

2009 – current: Traning Instructor, for training programs covering environmental test standards, i.e. MIL-STD-810H, RTCA_DO-160G, MIL-STD-461G,…

2008 – 2013: Lead Engineer, Aeromedical Test Lab., WPAFB, OH, USA.

2006 – 2008: Lead Test Engineer, Unmanned Aerial System/Vehicle, MTC Technologies, Inc. (now BAE Systems, Inc.) San Antonio, TX.

1997 – 2006: Sr. Engineer, OnBoard Software, Inc. (MTC Technologies, Inc. -> BAE Systems, Inc.) San Antonio, TX.

1999 – 2003: Asst Prof. & Vice Chair, Marine Engineering Dept., ITU, Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey.

1990 – 1991: Marine Engineer / Officer, International Cargo Ships of DB Deniz Nakliyat TAS.

Education

1995 – 1999. PhD, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Texas Tech University. Random Vibrations. Dissertation: Random Vibration Absorbers for Mechanical Structures Under Random Vibrations.

1993 – 1995. MS, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Texas Tech University. Random Vibrations & Design.

1986 – 1990. BS, Marine Engineering Dept., Istanbul Technical Univeristy, Tuzla, Istanbul.

1983 – 1986. Electrical Systems Engineering Technician Diploma, Industrial/Tech. School, Kutahya, Turkey.

Research Areas

Simulators and Simulations (for Education & Training)

Mechanical Vibrations: Diagnostics & Prognostics

Environmental Qualification Testing and Product Development and Design

Maritime Accidents and Data Analysis

Machine Learning & Marine Engine Room Operations

Propulsion Systems

Journal Publications

Ugurlu, H. and Cicek, I. (2022). Analysis and assessment of ship collision accidents using Fault Tree and Multiple Correspondence Analysis, Ocean Engineering, Volume 245. 110514, ISSN 0029-8018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2021.110514.

Gonel, O. and Cicek, I. (2019). Maritime Investigation Reports Involving Man-Over-Board (MOB) Casualties: A Methodology for Evaluation Process. Turkish Journal of Maritime and Marine Sciences, Vol: 5 No: 2. 141-170. <Link>

Serres, J. and Cicek, I. (2014). Safe-to-Fly Test and Evaluation of Fatigue Research Study Test Devices, AVIATION SPACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE, vol.85, no.4, pp.473-479, 2014. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3357/ASEM.3729.2014

Yilmaz, N. and Cicek, I. (2018). Verification of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis Structure by Standard Test Propeller Analyzes. Journal of Engineering Sciences and Design, vol.6, no.4, pp.681-690, 2018. DOI: 10.21923/jesd.400115. <PDF Link>

Gumus B., Ertas A., Tate D. , Cicek I. (2008). The transdisciplinary product development lifecycle model. JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING DESIGN, vol.19, no.3, pp.185-200, pp.185-200. DOI: 10.1080/09544820701232436.

Cicek, I. and Villareal, C. (2004). Automated troubleshooting tools for minimizing downtime and reducing the labor and materialcosts of C-5 aircraft. AUTOTESTCON 2004, PROCEEDINGS, pp.504-510, 2004. DOI: 10.1109/AUTEST.2004.1436942.

Altun M. H. A. , Cicek, I., Bilici, A: (2014). Tankerlerde Yükleme-Tahliye Operasyon Sisteminin Otomasyonu. Journal of Eta Maritime Science, vol.1, no.2, pp. 47-58. https://jag.journalagent.com/jems/pdfs/JEMS_1_2_47_58.pdf.

Cicek I. , Ertas A. (2002). Experimental investigation of beam-tip mass and pendulum system under random excitation. MECHANICAL SYSTEMS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING, vol.16, no.6, pp.1059-1072, DOI: 10.1006/mssp.2001.1475.

Cuvalci O., ERTAS A., Ekwaro-Osire S., Cicek I. (2002). Non-linear vibration absorber for a system under sinusoidal and random excitation: Experiments. JOURNAL OF SOUND AND VIBRATION, vol.249, no.4, pp.701-718, 2002. DOI: 10.1006/jsvi.2001.3836

Cicek, I., Deniz C. , Takashi N. (2002). A comparative study of training methods for training and education of marine engineering students of IAMU Universities. International Association of Maritime Universities Journal (IAMU Journal), no.2, pp.5-11. https://www.academia.edu/download/6981379/paper%20IAMU%20III%20-%20%20ERS%20v.16%20-%20final.pdf

Takashi N., Deniz C. , Çiçek I. (2001). A Proposal for Marine Engineering Institutions to Organize the Effective Training Method. Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, pp.42-50, 2001.

Conference Proceedings

Gonel, O. and Cicek, I. (2021). Maritime Investigation Reports: The Necessity of Revision and Renewal of the IMO’s Code for Incident Investigation. 10th International Scientific Research Congress, Ankara, Turkey, 11 – 12 April 2021, pp.1-10

Guler T. , Cicek, I. Sahin O. A.(2019). Investigation of Issues in Tank Cleaning Operations and a Proposal of an Automated System for Improvement in Tank Cleaning System. Global Maritime Conference 2019, İzmir, Turkey, 18 – 19 April 2019, pp.1-15.

Gonel, O. and Cicek, I. (2019). Maritime Investigation Reports Involving Man-Over-Board (MOB) Casualties: A Methodology for Evaluation Process. Global Maritime Conference 2019, İzmir, Turkey, 18 – 19 April 2019, pp.1-15.

Cicek, I. (2018). Development of an Electrical Generation, Control, Distribution, and Management System for Use in Education and Training of Marine Engineers. International Symposium on Multidisciplinary Studies and Innovative Technologies, Ankara, Turkey, 19 – 21 October 2018.

Altun M. H. A. , Kum S. , Cicek, I. (2014). Human Errors on Chemical Tanker Loading Discharging Operations. IAMU AGA-15, Tazmanya, Australia, 27 – 30 October 2014.

Cicek, I. (2003). Integration of Marine Engineering Simulators into Maritime Engineering Education. The First General Assembly of The Chamber of Marine Engineers of Turkey, İstanbul, Turkey, 22 May 2003, pp.8-27.

Cicek, I., Uchida, M., Kusoglu, A. (2003). Human Factor in the Engine Room Operation: Experimental Approach and Evaluation. The First General Assembly of The Chamber of Marine Engineers of Turkey, İstanbul, Turkey, 22 May 2003

Sag, O. K., Cicek, I. (2003). Marine Engineering Education in XXIth Century and ITU/SUNY International Maritime University Dual Diploma Program. The First General Assembly of The Chamber of Marine Engineers of Turkey, İstanbul, Turkey, 22 May 2003.

Cicek, I. (2002). Vibration Considerations for the Installation of Portable Computer Equipment on Military Aircraft. IDPT Conference, Kusadası, 2002.

Uchida, M., Cicek, I. (2002). Improvement of Marine Engineering Curriculum Using The Engine Room Simulator. International Association for Maritime Universities (IAMU) Third General Assembly, Castine, United States Of America, 26 September 2002.

Bas, M., Cicek, I., Sag, O.K. (2002). ITUMF Maritime English Education & Training Model. International Seminar on Maritime English Conference and Proceedings, İstanbul, Turkey, 20 March 2002, pp.183-197.

Takashi N., Cicek, I., Deniz C., Kusoglu A. (2001). The Effective Training Method for Marine Engineers: Ships in Service, Training Ships or Engine Room Simulators. International Conference on Engine Room Simulators V (ICERS V): Simulator Aided Education &amp; Training in the New Millennium, 25 – 29 June 2001., Singapore, Singapore, 25 June 2001.

Cicek, I. and Ertas, A. (2000). Experimental investigation of beam-tip mass and pendulum system under random excitation. IMAC-XVIII: A CONFERENCE ON STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS, VOLS 1 AND 2, PROCEEDINGS, San-Antonio, United States Of America, 7 – 10 February 2000, vol.4062, pp.1618-1624.

Sag, O. K., Cicek, I. (2000). Baseline Study, and the Preparation Towards the XXIst Century Undergraduate Deck and Engine Curricula of Istanbul Technical University, Maritime Faculty. International Association for Maritime Universities (IAMU) Inaugural General Assembly, İstanbul, Turkey, 26 June 2000, pp.114-129.

Cicek, I. (1998). The Vital Link: Using LabVIEW to Develop the Ground Processing Interface System (GPIS) Software for the C-5 Galaxy Aircraft. National Instruments (NI) Week 1998 [Poster Presentation & Proceedings recorded in a CD], Austin, TX, 24 August 1998.

Cicek, I. Scafer, D. Feller, J. (1997). Design of a new MIL-STD-1553B Based Integrated Communication System for Replacement of a Legacy System. The Third Biennial World Conference on Integrated Design and Process Technology (IDPT), Berlin, Germany, 06 July 1998.

Book Chapters and Reports

Cicek, I. (2021). Technical Report of the Karpowership’s Underwater Radiated Noise (URN) Evaluation: Initial Research, Structural Assessment, and Field Test Plan. GDS Engineering R&D Publications, Istanbul, 2021.

Gonel, O. and Cicek, I. (2020). Statistical Analysis of Man Over Board (MOB) Incidents. Engineering and Architecture Sciences: Theory, Current Research, and New Trends. Emine Yıldız Kuyrukcu, Editor, IVPE Yayınevi, Cetinje, pp.146-173, 2020.

Cicek, I. and Gonel, O. (2020). Investigation of Man Over Board (MOB) Incidents: Findings and Discussions. Engineering and Architecture Sciences: Theory, Current Research, and New Trends. Emine Yıldız Kuyrukcu, Editor, IVPE Yayınevi, Cetinje, pp.174-179, 2020.

Eshelman, R. and Cicek, I. (2012). Joint Enroute Care Equiment Test Standard. United States Department of Defence, WPAFB, Ohio, 2012.

Cicek, I., & Beisner, G. S. (2010). A new process for the acceleration test and evaluation of aeromedical equipment for US Air Force safe-to-fly certification. DEFENSE ACQUISITION REVIEW JOURNAL (DEFENSE ARJ). DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA. Report Date: 2010-10-01. <Link>

Areas of Expertise: Offering the Following Training Courses:

Dr. Ismail Cicek, with other colleagues, provides the following training courses to the industry as the training instructor:

  • MIL-STD-810H: Training on Environmental Testing of Military Equipment. <Link>
  • RTCA-DO-160G: Training on Environmental and EMI/EMC Testing of Aerospace Equipment. <Link>
  • Vibration and Shock Testing. <Link>
  • EMI/EMC Training (General): Testing of Military and Airborne Equipment (RTCA-DO-160G and MIL-STD-461G). <Link>
  • MIL-STD-461G: EMI/EMC Training on Equipment Testing for Military Platforms. <Link>
  • MIL-STD-704F: Training on Aircraft Electrical Power Characteristics. <Link>
  • Requirements Engineering Management Training (FAA/EASA). <Link>
  • Requirements Engineering Management Training (as part of the Systems Engineering Training, DOD/FAA/EASA/NASA). <Link>
  • IMO Model Course 6.10 Training of Simulator Trainers
  • IMO Model Course 6.09 Training of Trainers

All Upcoming/Scheduled Trainings: <Link>

Description of All Training Courses: <Link>

Certifcates

Certficates on Systems Engineering and Product Development

  • Vibration Testing, Vocational Training , United Marine Engineering, Inc., Istanbul. 2020.
  • Periodic and Random Vibrations. EPS Maritime Environment Services, Inc. Istanbul, 2019.
  • FAA Certification Procedures & Airworthiness Requirements. Kansas University in Cooperation with College of Engineering. San Diego, CA, USA, 2011.
  • Mechanical Event Simulation. New Product Development. ALGOR. Houston, TX, USA 2008.
  • ALGOR Professional. New Product Development. ALGOR. Houston, TX, USA 2008.
  • Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer. New Product Development. National Instruments Corporation. Austin, TX, USA, 2006.
  • Java Programming. New Product Development , HOTT, Hands on Technology Transfer, Inc. San Antonio, TX, USA, 2005.
  • Fundamentals of Successfull Project Management. Project Management. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA, 1998.
  • MIL-STD-1553 Interface Standard. New Product Development. Test Systems, Inc. (by Leroy Earhart). 1997.
  • LabVIEW Advanced. New Product Development. National Instruments Corporation. Austin, TX, USA, 1997.

Certficates on Testing, Quality, and Management

  • Working with Chemical Materials and Packaging. Occupational Health and Safety , United Marine Engineering, Inc., Istanbul, Turkey. 2020.
  • ISO 17025:2017 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. ARTIBEL Certification Tech Contr. Monitoring and Training, Inc. 2020.
  • Intermediate Bulk Carrier (IBC) Container Requirements and Tests. ARTIBEL Certification Tech Contr. Monitoring and Training, Inc. Istanbul. 2019.
  • Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Technical Response Training, Occupational Health and Safety, EPS Maritime Environmental Services, Inc. Istanbul, 2019.
  • 17025:2012 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Quality Management , ARTIBEL Certification Tech Contr. Monitoring and Training, Inc. Istanbul, 2016.
  • TS EN ISO/IEC 17043:2010 Conformity Assessment. General Requirements For Proficiency Testing. Technology Assessment. UAC Engineering Test and Training Services. Istanbul, 2013.
  • TS ISO 13528: 2003 Statistical methods for use in proficiency testing by interlaboratory comparison. Data Analysis. ISO/IEC GUIDE 25: General requirements for the competence of calibration and testing laboratories. UAC Engineering, Test and Training Services. Istanbul, 2013.
  • ISO/IEC GUIDE 25: General requirements for the competence of calibration and testing laboratories. New Service Design. UAC Engineering, Test and Training Services. Istanbul, 2013.
  • TS EN ISO/IEC 17025 Documentation Training. New Service Design. Turkish Standarts Institude. Istanbul, 2013.

Certficates on Maritime Education and Training

  • Instructor’s Training on the Use of Engine Room Simulators in Acccordance with STCW 95 Requirements. Vocational Training. International Maritime Organization. Istanbul, Turkey, 2003.
  • Technical & Maintenance Training Course for Propulsion Plant Simulator PPS. Vocational Training. Kongsberg Norcontrol, Horten, Norway. 2001
  • Instructor Training Course for Propulsion Plant Simulator (PPS). Vocational Training. Kongsberg Norcontrol, Horten, Norway. 2001.
  • IMO STCW Personel Safety and Social Responsibility Course Certificate. Occupational Health and Safety. Istanbul Technical University. Istanbul, Turkey, 2000.
  • IMO STCW Fire Fighting Certificate. Vocational Training. Ministry of Transportation, Republic of Turkey. 1990.
  • IMO STCW First Aid at Sea Certificate. Occupational Health and Safety. Ministry of Transportation, Republic of Turkey. 1990.
  • IMO STCW Efficient Life Boatmen Certificate. Occupational Health and Safety. Ministry of Transportation, Republic of Turkey. 1990.
  • IMO STCW Survival at Sea Course Certificate. Occupational Health and Safety. Ministry of Transportation, Republic of Turkey. 1990.

Other Certficates

  • Certificate of Proficiency in English. Foreign Language. Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL, USA, 1992.
Lecturing Experience

Graduate Courses

  • Maritime Technology & Innovation
  • Applied Project Management
  • Ship Control Systems
  • Marine Engineering Vibrations

BS Courses

  • Automatic Control Systems
  • Ship Electrical Systems
  • Engine Room Simulator I
  • Engine Room Simulator II
  • Propulsion Systems
Graduate Thesis Advisory

Ph.D. Students’ Theses Advised by Dr Cicek

  • Sena Nomak. Design and Navigation Simulation of a Zero Emission Sailboat Utilizing Renewable Energy Resources (2014 -continuing)
  • Orhan Gonel. Modeling and Analysis of Man Overboard (MOB) and Search and Rescue Operations, 2016 – continuing.
  • Hasan Ugurlu. Study of Collision Avoidance iaw COLREG using RADAR Images. 2017 – continuing.
  • Taylan Guler. Design and Automation of Tank Cleaning Operations in Liquid Cargo Tankers. 2021 – continuing.

MS Students Theses Advised by Dr Cicek

  • Sinem Caliskan Uyanik. Marina Organization and Management. 2022 – continuing.
  • Fuat Uyanik. Marina Technical Management and Certification Audits. 2022 – continuing.
  • Gorkem Akin. Domestic Product Rate in the Construction of Commercial Ships. Completed in 2019.
  • Bora San. Potential benefits of satellite-based automatic identification system in the context of intelligent transportation systems. Completed in 2019.
  • M. Babaoglu. The root-cause analysis of phsical tests and effect of the results to product development processes. Completed in 2017.
  • Caglar Dere. Modelling and Simulation of a Two Stroke Ship Main Diesel Engine. Completed in 2015.
  • Naz Yilmaz. Ship Propulsion System Design for a Simulator Application. Completed in 2015.
Projects

ITU Maritime Faculty

  • Project Manager, Marine Equipment Test Center (METC): Expanding the Test and Research Capabilities for Globalization of the Transportation and Logistics Sectors. 2018 – 2021.
  • Project Manager, Efficiency Measurement System Development for a Marine Diesel Engine, ITU Science Research Project. 2014 – 2021.
  • Project Manager, Development and Design of Engine Room Simulator, ITU Science Research Project. 2014 – 2021.
  • Project Manager, Design and Simulation of Ship Main Engine and Propulsion System. Project Funded by the Turkish Ministry of Science and Industry, Industrial Thesis Project. 2014 – 2016.
  • Project Member, MINImizing Carbon footprint in maritime sHIPping operations (MINI-CHIP), Promatech Project, FP7, 2013 – 2017.

GDS Engineering R&D

  • Engineering Consultancy Service, ARFLEET: Smart and Safet Maritime Fleet Management Platform, TUBITAK 1501 Project, BIMAR, Izmir, 2019-2022.
  • Engineering Consultancy Service, Vibration Monitoring and Alarm System, KOSGEB Project, TUZEKS, 2020-2022.
  • Lead Engineer, Development of a Certified Engine Room Simulator, 2014 – 2020. Outcome: GDS Engine Room Simulator Certified by ClassNK. Internal Product Development Project @GDS.
  • Engineering Consultancy Service, Open Sea and Ocean Wave Energy Converter System Design and Prototype Development. 2020 – 2021. TUBITAK 1507.
  • Project Manager, Design and Simulation of a Ship Electrical Power Generation, Control, and Monitoring Training System. 2017 – 2018. TUBITAK 1507 Project.
  • Project Manager, Modular Simulations of Containertype Ship’s Engine Room Systems. 2015 – 2017.
  • Engineering Consultancy Service, Combined Software Platform for use in Unmanned Vehicles. 2014 – 2015.

USAF Aeromedical Test Lab. (2008 – 2013)

  • Author, over 20 Safe-to-Fly (STF) Test Projects
  • Principle Investigator, over 20 Safe-to-Fly (STF) Test Projects
  • Investigator, over 50 Safe-to-Fly (STF) Test Projects
  • Co-Author, Joint Enroute Care Equipment Test Standard (JECETS)
  • Lead Engineer, Finite Element Analysis of Stretchers
  • Lead Engineer, Acceleration Testing of Aeromedical Devices, A Pull-Tester System Development.
  • USAF Subject Matter Expert, Medical Stretchers.
  • USAF Subject Matter Expert, Acceleration Testing.

AirSurveil, Inc.

  • Program Manager, A Commercial Unmanned Aerial System Vehicle Design and Development, 2008.

OnBoard Software, Inc.

  • Software Engineer, Ground Processing Interface System (GPIS), 1997 – 2003
  • Sr. Engineer, Malfunction Data Recorder and Analysis System & Aircraft Health Management System, 2003 – 2006.
  • CMMI Level 3 Process Development, 2005 (6 mo).
  • Test Manager, Unmanned Aerial System Vehicle Development, 2006 – 2008

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