Meet Tim Gallaudet: Policy, Passion, Science and Seafaring, He’s Definitely Making Waves | Wave Makers

June 15, 2022

Learn from this unique perspective of the Blue Tech Space!

For years now, US Presidents have proclaimed June to be National Ocean Month.  This sparked host, Tamara Kahn, to wonder if people really understand the role of government in supporting the Blue economy and the oceans at the heart of it.  On this episode of Wave Makers, Tamara is honored to speak with Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, PhD, US Navy (ret).  Tim has a great depth of knowledge having served as Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Deputy NOAA Administrator, Oceanographer of the Navy and now a consultant with many incredible Blue Technology companies. He is an ocean advocate, policy expert and even holds a PhD from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Doesn’t that seem a perfect person to talk to about how public agencies and private ocean tech enterprises work together for the betterment of our country and its citizens while working to protect and preserve the ocean resources we depend on?  Listen to hear Tim and Tamara discuss the importance of public-private cooperation and learn about some of NOAA’s focus areas that Tim helped define.  Of course, they get into a few of the fascinating blue tech companies that Tim works with and why they matter to our everyday lives.  Perhaps most importantly, the discussion touches upon cooperation, diversity and passion in the industry and how Tim is also utilizing podcasting to promote The American Blue Economy and those working to advance it. Check out this, as well as Tim Galluadet’s next episode on the American Shoreline Podcast Network.

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Tamara Kahn

Before diving into promoting the incredible innovations of the ocean and water industry, Tamara spent a decade ocean bound for weeks at a time, working with state-of-the-art geophysical sensors in some of the most challenging environments, the salty depths of the world’s oceans. She enjoyed managing projects with advanced technology and collaborating with a diverse workforce and clientele, but her international travels made her witness to some of the worst challenges facing humanity, from ocean pollution to water scarcity. She resolved to pivot her career into sustainability and ecological resilience. Since earning a Masters of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Tamara develops and facilitates programs that enable STEM students, researchers, policymakers, government officials and tech companies to form mutually beneficial partnerships, innovating and collaborating internationally towards sustainable solutions. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and contributes technical knowledge along with expertise in strategic collaboration and a zest for innovative thinking. Tamara is most happy near a body of water, relishes any chance to SCUBA and loves learning new languages and cultures.