NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is operated by the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and civilians as part of NOAA's fleet managed by NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation. Mission equipment is operated by NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

Operations Personnel


Commanding Officer: CDR Mark Wetzler
Executive Officer/Mate: LCDR Jennifer Pralgo
MO: LCDR Randy Collins
Operations Officer:  LT Emily Rose
Junior Officer: ENS Sean Luis
Junior Officer: ENS Nikolai Pawlenko
Third Mate: Dana Mancinelli


Engineering Officers

Chief Engineer: Vincent Palazzolo
1st Assistant Engineer: Ricardo Gabona
2nd Assistant Engineer: Tim Van Dyke
3rd Assistant Engineer: Robert Bruning



Chief Boatswain: Tyler Sheff 
Bosun Group Leader: Jerrod Hozendorf
Able-Bodied Seaman: Kelson Bracey
Able-Bodied Seaman: James Deeton
General Vessel Assistant: Pedro Lebron Jr.
General Vessel Assistant: Abraham McDowell



Engine Utilityman: Chris Taylor
General Vessel Assistant: Michael Wilson



Senior Survey Technician: Jacklyn James



Chief Steward: Kenneth Wells
Chief Cook: Rainier Capati


Electronic Technicians

Chief Electronics Technician: Richard Conway
Chief Electronics Technician: Kirk Andreopoulos
Rotating Electronics Technician:
 William Okeson
Rotating Electronics Technician: Roy Toliver


Mission Personnel

Program Management

Okeanos Explorer Program Manager: Craig Russell
Deputy Program Manager: LCDR Nicola VerPlanck



Expeditions Manager: Kelley Elliott (Acentia)
Operations Coordinator: LT Brian Kennedy



Physical Scientist: Meme Lobecker (ERT, Inc.)
Physical Scientist: Lindsay McKenna (ERT, Inc.)
Physical Scientist: Derek Sowers (ERT, Inc.)



Underwater Systems Engineer: Dave Lovalvo (Acentia)
Telepresence Engineer: Jared Drewniak (ERT, Inc.)


Data Management

Data Management Leader: Sharon Mesick
Data Manager: Susan Gottfried (General Dynamics Information Technology)
Data Systems Engineer: Brendan Reser (General Dynamics Information Technology)



Website Manager: Emily Crum (ERT, Inc.)
Web Multimedia/Technical Lead: James Rawsthorne (ERT, Inc.)


Public Affairs

Public Affairs Officer: Fred Gorell



Education Program Director: Paula Keener

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