Networking Friday with Craig McLean (NOAA)

We started our Season 2 on January 15th, 2021, 1-2 PM UTC, with Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The moderator was Larry Mayer, Professor and Director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire.


Craig McLean

Craig McLean

Craig McLean is responsible for NOAA’s research enterprise including a network of research laboratories and the execution of NOAA programs including the Climate Program, Weather Research, National Sea Grant, and Ocean Exploration, to name a few. Among a number of formal international engagements in science and technology, Mr. McLean serves as the U.S. Representative to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and as the U.S. Representative for the U.S.-European Union-Canada Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation.

Mr. McLean has previously served throughout NOAA, as acting NOAA Chief Scientist (Dec 2016-Sep 2020), in the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Ocean Service, NOAA’s General Counsel, and was the founding Director of NOAA’s Ocean Exploration program. He served in uniform for nearly 25 years in NOAA’s Commissioned Corps, retiring at the rank of Captain. Mr. McLean is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and of the Marine Technology Society, and a past-president and former chairman of the Sea-Space Symposium.


Larry Mayer

Larry Mayer

Larry Mayer is a Professor and Director of The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. He is currently the Chair of the National Academies of Science’s Oceans Studies Board and the U.S. National Committee for the Ocean Decade, a U.S. Arctic Research Commissioner, on the State Dept.’s Extended Continental Shelf Task Force, and Vice Chair of the Board of the Ocean Exploration Trust. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Stockholm University, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018 and as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2019. In 2020 Larry became the first recipient of the Walter Munk Medal from The Oceanography Society. Larry’s current research deals with sonar imaging and remote characterization of the seafloor as well as advanced applications of 3-D visualization to ocean mapping problems and applications of mapping to Law of the Sea issues, particularly in the Arctic.

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I would like to express my very, very special thanks of gratitude to Jerry Miller, President of Science for Decisions, who has helped me to organize this session and, more importantly, to shape the structure of the Networking Fridays since the very first session last year.

We will continue with the Networking Fridays during the next months. More information about future sessions as well as presentations and videos from previous sessions can be found here. Twitter Hashtag: #netfridays. Expect some very exciting afternoons, or mornings or evenings, depending on where you are…

If you need any additional information please send an email to Jose Luiz Moutinho.