Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?
As an Ocean Engineer in the US Navy I specialize in undersea and near shore facilities. I have lead construction projects around the globe from an offshore fuel terminal in the Red Sea to a pier repair on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific. Recently, I have become more focused on the protection of critical infrastructure both along the coast and in the deep sea.
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
My interest in the Navy and particularly ocean engineering stems from a very early draw to the ocean. I was lucky enough to have been accepted to the United States Naval Academy which provided me the opportunity to study OE and then practice the trade across the globe. I love the idea of completing a project in one of the planet's most extreme environments. I also love the small community of folks who can complete such projects.
Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?
My grandfather imbued in me the value of hard work and how important personal relationships can be. In my career I rely on a group of mentors to help expand my thinking and understand potential impacts of decisions.
What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?
I dream of a day when we can communicate and power machines in the undersea with the ease and bandwidth we have today in other environments.
What other jobs led you to your current career?
I have served my entire 15 year career in the US Navy. That said, in the Navy I have served in both Iraq and Afghanistan building facilities. Outside of combat I have led the construction of large hospitals and undersea facilities.
What are your degrees and certifications?