Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?
I am systems engineer for Lockheed Martin in their Undersea Systems Division. I work on a multitude of projects including autonomous underwater vehicles, navy ships and submarines and oceanographic equipment.
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
I grew up on the water and was always fascinated with ocean exploration and history. I started SCUBA diving at age 12 and always dreamed of a career that incorporated my passions for ocean exploration and the creation of the tools that made it possible.
Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?
I have always been a fan of Jacques Cousteau and his ability to explore the oceans and deliver it to the public. He inspired generations of ocean explorers with his books and TV specials. I have also been influenced and encouraged by my Nautilus crew mates throughout the years I have spent at sea with them. Some of the most interesting people I have ever met I have been lucky enough to sail with on the Nautilus.
What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?
As an engineer, the most fascinating part of my job is to work with my co workers to solve problems involved with developing and operating cutting edge machinery in the hostile ocean environment. In my current position, I enjoy working on programs from the development cycle through to upgrades of older equipment with a variety of experts in different fields to find solutions to the unique problems of ocean operations.
"I am excited to return to the Gulf of Mexico after piloting for the ECOGIG Project in 2013. I think it is vital to monitor and protect the health of our oceans and am proud to be a member of the team performing this important work."