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Tim McGeehan

Science/Data Team
Senior Engineer
Office of Naval Research

Tell us about your work/research. What kinds of things do you do?

I work at the Office of Naval Research helping to manage Science and Technology programs. My background is in Physical Oceanography, with some additional experience in Marine Meteorology. I've been involved in everything from underwater survey work in the tropics to research in the Arctic.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

I grew up watching Jacques Cousteau documentaries and then re-enacting the underwater scenes with my brothers at the local pool. Later we later started snorkeling, then scuba diving, and eventually I ended up at the Naval Academy, majoring in Oceanography.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

My family has always been supportive.

What element of your work/study do you think is the most fascinating?

I enjoy the variety of projects and the idea of advancing knowledge; there's still plenty of exploration to be done.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

I wore many hats as a Naval Officer: Commanding Officer, oceanographer, surveyor, ship driver, diver, staff officer, speechwriter, and Science and Technology manager.

What are your degrees and certifications?

Bachelor of Science in Oceanography -- US Naval Academy 2000; Masters of Science in Meteorology and Oceanography -- Naval Postgraduate School 2008; Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Oceanography -- Naval Postgraduate School 2010

What are your hobbies?

Walking and hanging out with my Basset Hound

What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?

Bloom where planted. Always look for opportunities to learn new things, even if you find yourself doing something unexpected or that was not "part of the plan."


Tim participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: