Margaret Leinen was appointed the eleventh Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in July 2013. She also serves as UC San Diego’s Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences and Dean of the School of Marine Sciences. She joined UC San Diego in October 2013.
Leinen is an award-winning oceanographer and distinguished national and international leader in ocean science, global climate and environmental issues. Her research in paleo-oceanography and paleo-climatology focuses on ocean sediments and their relationship to global biogeochemical cycles and the history of Earth’s ocean and climate.Read More
Leinen leads UC San Diego’s ocean, earth, atmospheric and climate science research and education programs at Scripps Oceanography, the foremost environmental research institution addressing the pressing environmental problems facing our planet. Scripps Oceanography provides the knowledge necessary to address these challenges, teaches the next generation of science leaders and partners with government, non-profits and the private sector to translate knowledge to action.
Leinen enhances Scripps and UC San Diego through her impressive career in academic research and administration, federal research administration, and non-profit startups. She served for seven years at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as Assistant Director for Geosciences and Coordinator of Environmental Research and Education. During that time she also led government-wide planning for climate research through the US Global Change Research Program, and co-led government planning for ocean research. While at NSF, she presided over and directly influenced the development of some of the most consequential programs in marine, atmospheric, and earth science including EarthScope and the Ocean Observatories Initiative.
Prior to joining Scripps, she served as Vice Provost for Marine and Environmental Initiatives and Executive Director of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a unit of Florida Atlantic University. At the University of Rhode Island, she was Vice Provost for Marine and Environmental Programs and Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography.
She is the founder and served as president of the Climate Response Fund, a non-profit organization that works to foster discussion of climate engineering research and to decrease the risk that these techniques might be called on or deployed before they are adequately understood and regulated. She also spent two years as the Chief Science Officer of Climos, Inc., a startup focused on green technology for climate mitigation.
Leinen currently serves as a member of the Executive Planning Group of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and is a member of the distinguished Leadership Council of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. She is the Vice Chair of the Research Board of the $500 million Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. From 2016-2018 she served as a U.S. Science Envoy focusing on ocean science in Latin America, East Asia, and the Pacific. She has served as President of the American Geophysical Union, Chair of the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Science Section of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and President of The Oceanography Society. She serves on the boards of the National Council for Science and the Environment and Science Counts. She also served as vice chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and on the board on Global Change of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences.
Leinen is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union and The Oceanography Society. She has been awarded Distinguished Alumni Awards from all three universities she attended as a student: University of Illinois, Oregon State University, and University of Rhode Island. In 2020, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Leinen received her doctorate in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (1980), her master’s degree in geological oceanography from Oregon State University (1975), and her bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Illinois (1969).
Dr G Satheesh Reddy
Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO
Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), spearheads indigenous development of defence systems and technologies. As the top defence scientist in the country, Dr Reddy guides the development of major programs on missiles and strategic systems, fighter aircrafts and unmanned aerial defence systems, underwater systems, radar systems, strategic materials, armaments, and futuristic technologies. A visionary and institution builder, his technology leadership has deeply impacted the development of ‘best in class’ systems for the Indian Armed Forces.Read More
Acclaimed as one of the leading aerospace scientists of the nation, Dr Reddy is also the Director General of the Aeronautical Development Agency that has developed the 4th Generation Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, which is being inducted into active service.
Navigation technologies and systems, which form the core of defence assets have been designed and developed by Dr Satheesh Reddy for multiple platforms, enabling self-reliance in these critical areas. Working on the electronic designs and system engineering from a very young age, Dr Reddy facilitated the realization of various major defence systems in short periods of time.
With his vast experience in navigation and avionics design for missile systems like Agni, Prithvi, Akash and aerospace applications like G3INS for ALH, INS for ships and submarine application, he directed multiple development projects for advanced defence technologies.
As Director, RCI, he led the development of critical technologies for IIR seekers, RF seekers, integrated avionics modules and many other systems for onboard applications. As Director General of Missiles and Strategic Systems he spearheaded the development of various kind of missiles for Ballistic Missile Defence, Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, Surface to Air Missiles, Air to Ground Missiles, Air to Air Missiles and Long Range Guided Bomb.
India’s maiden successful test of Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile Mission Shakti was successfully executed under his watch. His tenacious leadership has enabled the development of Air defence systems BVRAM Astra, Akash, MRSAM, LRSAM, QRSAM. The world’s longest-range gun ATAGS, anti-radiation missile, smart air field weapons, smart bombs, and missile assisted torpedo release systems owe their success to Dr Reddy’s vision. Dr Reddy diligently drives innovation and cutting edge research in many areas that include hypersonic and quantum technologies.
Under his leadership, flagship programs on many advanced technologies and systems have been conceptualized and realized. These programs have led to the development and manufacturing of important defence systems within the country. He has focussed on all aspects of defence research, development and production by enabling industry.
Dr Reddy has helped foster an eco-system that encourages free thinking and creativity. The formation of young scientist laboratories working on niche technologies, establishment of new research centres in universities enabling close interaction with academia and fast tracking the transfer of technologies to industry are some of his bold initiatives that have laid the foundation for research and development of advanced defence systems. In addition, his mission to cut down the burdens of procedures for scientific pursuits, creating new challenges for the scientific community and enabling the scientists is bearing fruit. Among his other initiatives to facilitate industry are easing of ToT policies, IPR sharing with Indian industry, New Procurement Manual of DRDO, and Innovation Contests.
Dr Reddy also pioneered in quickly diversifying DRDO’s talent to effectively develop required technologies in the ongoing fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Under his guidance, nearly 50 technologies for combating COVID have been developed and about 75 products have been transferred to 100 industries. He demonstrated exemplary courage and leadership during the pandemic and his non-stop work bears testimony to his ‘never-say-die’ spirit, and effectively mirrors the outstanding humanitarian facet of a scientist.
Dr Reddy’s significant contributions in the field of technology development and promotion of scientific pursuit have resulted in his being conferred with Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science by many leading Universities in the country. His vast scientific and technological contributions have been acknowledged by leading international institutes in the form of honours and awards. He is the first Indian in over 100 years to be conferred with the prestigious Honorary Fellowship and Silver Medal by the Royal Aeronautical Society, London. The Royal Aeronautical Society recognised contributions of Dr Reddy towards indigenous design, development and deployment of diversified missile systems, aerospace vehicles, guided weapons and avionics technologies in India.
He has received numerous other awards including American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Missile Systems Award. He is the first scientist outside USA to be awarded in nearly four decades. Other awards conferred on Dr Satheesh Reddy include the National Systems Gold Medal, National Design Award, IEI-IEEE (USA) Award for Engineering Excellence and the Homi J Bhabha Gold Medal.
Dr. Shailesh Nayak
Topic: Towards Heralding an Era of Blue Economy.
Dr. Shailesh Nayak is currently Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies and Distinguished Scientist in the Ministry of Earth Sciences. He was the Chair, Earth System Science Organization (ESSO) and Secretary to the Government of India for Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), between August 2008-2015. He provided leadership for the programs related to science of climate change, weather services, polar science, geoscience, ocean science and modeling, ocean survey, resources, and technology.Read More
Earlier, at the Space Applications Centre, (ISRO), he was mainly responsible for conceptualizing, formulating and executing many national level projects related to application of satellite data on ocean colour, integrated coastal zone management, snow and glacier studies and water resources and developed potential fishing zone services.
As the Director, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad, an autonomous institution under ESSO, in May 2006, he set up a state-of-the-art Early Warning System for Tsunami and Storm Surges in the Indian Ocean. He was responsible for the conceptualization and development of Marine GIS. He made outstanding contributions in improving advisory services related to potential fishing zones, ocean state forecast, and Indian Argo project.
Dr. Nayak is Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru, the National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad, the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), and Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics, Paris. Dr. Nayak is recipient of IGU – Hari Narain Lifetime Achievement Award in Geosciences-2013, the ISCA Vikram Sarabhai Memorial Award 2012, the Bhaskara Award for 2009. Dr Nayak has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award (India Geospatial Leadership Award) for outstanding contributions to the development and dissemination of Geospatial Technologies in India by the Geospatial Media and Communication, New Delhi in February 2019. Eleven students have obtained Ph. D. under his supervision.
He is the President of the Federation of Indian Geoscientists Associations, Indian Geophysical Union, Indian Society of Remote Sensing and Indian Mangrove Society. He was the President, the Vice-Chair of the Inter-Governmental Coordinating Group on Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System; Indian Ocean–Global Ocean Observing System and Indian Ocean Observing System Resources Forum.
Dr. Nayak has published about 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and delivered about 190 invited talks in national and international fora.
Prof. Peter M Haugan
Topic: The role of science and technology in transformation towards a sustainable ocean economy.
Former Chair Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO
Programme Director at Institute of Marine Research,
Professor at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Norway
Prof. Peter Haugan is Programme Director at Institute of Marine Research, Norway, professor of oceanography at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, and past chair of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.Read More
He has more than 30 years of experience in marine scientific research and international ocean science coordination. This includes involvement in the preparation and proclamation of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and the launch of the first-ever Global Ocean Science Report (2017).
His research interests include various aspects of physical oceanography with a primary focus on the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean as well as global ocean carbon cycling and climate. He has expertise in polar oceanography and sea ice from working in the high Arctic and has also initiated and led research and education efforts in renewable energy including offshore wind.
Since 2018 he serves as co-chair of the Expert Group of the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. From 2019, he is in charge of international work with global development at the Institute of Marine Research.
Topic: If not now, when? A lifetime’s opportunity in this moment.
Craig N. McLean currently serves as the Acting Chief Scientist providing direction for NOAA’s science and technology priorities. He also serves as the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research).
In his role at NOAA Research, he is responsible for overseeing, directing and implementing NOAA’s research enterprise including a network of research laboratories and the execution of NOAA programs including the Climate Program, National Sea Grant, Ocean Exploration, to name a few. Read More
Mr. McLean has previously served in NOAA as Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service, was the founding Director of OAR’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and served in uniform for nearly 25 years in NOAA’s Commissioned Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. Mr. McLean served aboard hydrographic, oceanographic, and fisheries research ships and was the first commanding officer of the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter. He led NOAA’s innovation and planning for the Smithsonian Institution’s Sant Ocean Hall, and achieved a National Ocean Action Plan goal of securing a permanent, dedicated ship for the National Ocean Exploration Program, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.
Mr. McLean is also an attorney and has practiced marine resource law for NOAA. He has been awarded the Department of Commerce Silver and Bronze Medals, the NOAA Corps Commendation Medal, and Special Achievement Medal. He is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and the Marine Technology Society, and a past president and chairman of the Sea-Space Symposium.
Dr. Katsuyoshi Kawaguchi
Topic: Earthquake and tsunami surveillance system in seafloor and social implementation of real- time data.
KATSUYOSHI KAWAGUCHI is currently Director-General, JAMSTEC and visiting faculty member of Center for Integrated Underwater Observation Technology, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo. His research interest is real-time seafloor observatory development. Earlier, he has served as an engineering director of Dense Ocean floor Network System for Earthquakes and Tsunamis (DONET) during the past for 15 years.Read More
DONET is a submarine cabled observatory development program for megathrust earthquake disaster mitigation started from 2006. His team developed cabled observation system and carried out the construction using ROV with special modifications. The program spends a decade to construct two backbone cabled systems, 51 earthquake and tsunami observatories, and two bore hole observatories. The development stage of DONET was completed March 2016 and change over to practical use. The information from the seafloor is utilized for an earthquake early warning system and tsunami forecast of the Japan Meteorological Agency.
In 2016, He formed a Shell Ocean discovery X-prize competition (AUV competition) team “team KUROSHIO” as an advisory board member and led the team to the second place in final round 2018. The team consists mainly of young researchers from research institutes, universities and companies in Japan, and its core members belong to OES/OES Japan Chapter. Taking this opportunity, He designed a system in OES Japan Chapter to support young members in the chapter participate in the competition. Such efforts are expected to be effective in motivating society activities by young researchers.
As the OES activity, He served as vice Chair of OES Japan Chapter 2014-2015 and has been Chair of OES Japan Chapter since 2016 to present. During this period, he acted as a TPC Co-Chair at several international conferences co-hosted by the IEEE OES such as Techno-Ocean 2014, Techno-Ocean 2016 and OCEANS’18 MTS/IEEE Kobe / Techno-Ocean 2018 (OTO’18). His devoted promotion, mainly in Asian region, made the OTO’18 a great success, gathering the largest participants and papers in the history of the OCEANS conference. Based on these research activities, he conducted Underwater Technology (UT) piggybacked international symposiums called Scientific use of Submarine Cables and related technologies (SSC) to enhance international cooperation in this field. Such activities have led to the use of OES as an international venue for discussing the scientific use of submarine cables.
Gary B Brassington
Topic: Operational global ocean forecasting – how the international community is organised, status of current systems, performance and comparison
Dr Gary Brassington is one of Australia’s leading researchers in operational ocean prediction. He is the Bureau of Meteorology’s Senior Principal Research Scientist for Ocean Modelling and leads award winning teams that research, develop and deploy operational ocean forecast systems including the Ocean Model, Analysis and Prediction System (OceanMAPS). OceanMAPS is developed and sustained through a government partnership of the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and Australian Defence Force.Read More
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