The Central Role of STEM Education in the Blue Economy | American Blue Economy Podcast

January 19, 2022

How Ocean STEM Education will power the next generation.

In this month'’s episode of the American Blue Economy Podcast, we discuss Ocean STEM Education, and how efforts to develop the next generation of blue tech leaders is foundational to a thriving blue economy. Our expert and energetic panel includes:

  • Melissa Ryan, VP, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration
  • Laurita Alomassar, Founder and CEO, STEM Brains
  • Jill Zande, President/Executive Director, Marine Advanced Technology Education  (MATE) Inspiration for Innovation

Show Transcription
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Adm. Tim Gallaudet

Rear Admiral Gallaudet, PhD, USN (ret) is the CEO of Ocean STL Consulting. From 2017-2021, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere / Deputy NOAA Administrator, and from 2017-2019 he also served as the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere / NOAA Administrator. As Acting Administrator, he led the agency comprised of 20,000 federal employees and contractors managing the nation’s fisheries, coastal resources and waterways, weather satellites, weather services, and environmental research, overseeing a $6B annual budget and daily operations of 18 environmental satellites, 16 oceanographic ships, 9 aircraft, 450 boats, and 400 technical divers, 6 supercomputers, over a dozen laboratories, and several hundred field sites across the country. As the Deputy Administrator, he led NOAA’s Blue Economy activities that advance marine transportation, sustainable seafood, ocean exploration and mapping, marine tourism and recreation, and coastal resilience. Prior to NOAA, Rear Admiral Gallaudet served for 32 years in the US Navy, completing his career as the Oceanographer of the Navy. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the US Naval Academy, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, all in oceanography.