Richard West, Ret. - (Chair)
U.S. Department of the Navy [Retired]
Rear Admiral Richard "Dick" D. West, Chair (US Navy, Retired) served as President and CEO of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE)/Ocean Leadership from 2002-2008. As President of this DC-based non-profit organization, he led efforts to promote ocean research and education within the U.S. federal government on behalf of the academic and private ocean research community. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on marine related policy issues and has addressed the United Nations on Safety of Life at Sea. Admiral West was also actively involved in three congressionally-mandated Federal Advisory Committees. He was a founding member of the Hydrographic Services Review Panel for two terms from 2003-11, a member of a federal investment in research review team and a member and past Chairman of the National Sea Grant College Program Advisory Board. He co-Chaired a U.S. Navy navigation accident review panel in 2012, chaired a review of a NSF program and co-Chaired an independent review of NOAA’s fleet. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board's Marine Board, a Board member of the Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, Massachusetts, serves on the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography Dean’s Advisory Council, on the U of Connecticut Sea Grant Program and a founding Board member of a charter high school. He helped establish the Sampson Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in upstate New York and serves on the committee to bring the Viet Nam Traveling Memorial Wall to upstate New York in 2017.
Admiral West retired from the US Navy in 2002. He served as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy providing oceanographic, meteorological, geospatial and navigation support to the U.S. Navy, from 1999 to 2002. As the first Navigator of the Navy, he led the Navy’s transition to electronic navigation. As Oceanographer of the Navy, he was the Department of Defense representative to the U.S. Ocean Commission. Admiral West was a career Surface Warfare Officer serving on several ships and senior staffs in Washington DC and overseas. Admiral West served in Vietnam with the riverine forces and was Commanding Officer of three ships, two during hostilities in the Persian Gulf. He also served as Commanding Officer of the US Navy’s Surface Warfare Officers School, Newport, RI, where all US Navy officers going to sea, from Division Officer to Commanding Officer, are trained.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Dr. Carin J. Ashjian is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Biology and the Henry Bryant Bigelow Senior Scientist Chair at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). She graduated with a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island in 1991. She did postdoctoral work at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Miami, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution before joining the scientific staff at WHOI in 1996. Her research has focused on oceanography, zooplankton ecology, and biological-physical interactions in a range of the world’s oceans. Her recent work focuses on the impact of climate change on polar ecosystems and the greater Arctic system, including the human dimension. She has extensive seagoing experience (60 research cruises) on a range of research vessel types, including USCG icebreakers (Polar Sea, Healy) the NSF icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer, and the UNOLS ice capable R/V Sikuliaq, serving as Chief Scientist on three cruises on USCGC Healy and two cruise on R/V Sikuliaq as well as on other UNOLS vessels. She has service on several national committees focusing on science mission requirements, design, acquisition, or testing of UNOLS research vessels and icebreakers. She was a member, and then Chair, of the UNOLS Arctic Icebreaker Coordinating Committee for which she received the USCG Meritorious Public Service Award.
Jay P. Carson is a naval architect and independent management consultant with more than 40 years of progressively responsible positions in challenging business and professional environments. Mr. Carson specializes in early stage ship design; requirements definition and deployment; functional engineering; and planning, scheduling, and budgeting. From 2002 to 2007 he worked at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, where he held various technical and management positions before retiring as Vice President, Engineering. Mr. Carson earned a BS in naval architecture and marine engineering from Webb Institute and an MBA from Boston University. He is a Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Fellow and winner of SNAME’s Vice Admiral E. L. Cochrane Award and William M. Kennedy Award.
Oregon State University
Dr. Roberta R. Marinelli serves as Dean for the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. Prior to coming to Oregon State University, she was the Executive Director of the University of Southern California, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. She played a leadership role in planning and implementing an expansion of academic and research programs in environmental studies at USC’s University Park Campus, and directs the Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island. Dr. Marinelli also oversaw the George and Mary Lou Boone Center for Science and Environmental Leadership, a nexus where scientists and policy makers can meet to resolve environmental challenges.
Dr. Marinelli was the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, the President of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Marine Institute, a member of the Executive Committee of the Western Association for Marine Laboratories, and served on the Governing Board of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System.
Prior to her arrival at USC, Dr. Marinelli was the Director of the Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Sciences section, where she helped to lead the development of collaborative, interdisciplinary programs across the Foundation, including the International Polar Year, Climate Research Investments, and SEES (Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability). She was a tenured associate professor on the faculty at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science, and an assistant professor at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Dr. Marinelli received her master’s and doctoral degrees in marine science from the University of South Carolina, and her bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and The Oceanography Society.
R. Keith Michel
R. Keith Michel, NAE, is president of Webb Institute. Prior to this appointment in 2013, he worked for the Herbert Engineering Company (HEC), a naval architecture firm, for 38 years where he served as President and Chairman of the Board. At HEC he worked on design, specification development, and contract negotiations for containerships, bulk carriers, and tankers. Mr. Michel has served on numerous industry advisory groups developing guidelines for alternative tanker designs, including groups advising the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the U.S. Coast Guard, and served as chair of the IMO’s BLG committee tasked with developing regulations concerning the subdivision of tankers, including criteria for the acceptance of alternative designs to double-hull tankers. His work has included development of methodology, vessel models, and oil outflow analysis. He was a project engineer for the U.S. Coast Guard report on oil outflow analysis for double-hull and hybrid tanker arrangements, which was part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s technical report on the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to Congress. He has also worked on the development of salvage software used by the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, the U.S. Navy, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Maritime Administration, the American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyd’s, and numerous oil and shipping companies. Mr. Michel was Chair of the Marine Board of the NRC/TRB from 2002 through 2004 and has served on several NRC committees. In 2011 Mr. Michel was awarded the W. Selkirk Owen Award for distinguished service by the Alumni Association of Webb Institute. He is a past-president of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). In 2002 he was the recipient of SNAME’s highest award, the David W. Taylor Medal; he is a Fellow and Honorary Member of SNAME, a National Associate of the National Research Council of the NAS, and past Chairman of the Webb Institute Board of Trustees. In 2014, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Mr. Michel holds a B.S. degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture.