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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series: Past Presentations

The Opportunity Imperative

by Katie Poser on 2020-04-20T15:53:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

Speaker: Craig McLean, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and NOAA Acting Chief Scientist.

Abstract: NOAA is an adaptable, agile scientific organization, with many opportunities to research the grand challenges of our world: how many fish are in the sea, and how many will there be in the future? What will the weather be tomorrow? In 10 years? In 100 years? And are we building wisely on shifting sands? NOAA leadership is charged with answering these questions while also inspiring, mentoring, and guiding personnel, ensuring the integrity of the organization, and setting a path forward in an uncertain future. OAR Assistant Administrator Craig McLean will reflect on defining and being a great leader while guiding OAR on delivering NOAA’s future. 

About the speaker: Craig McLean is the Assistant Administrator for NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. He 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, 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.

Presentation slides: Opportunity Imperative_Final.pdf

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