Renowned Ocean Dynamics Scientist Linwood Vincent Joins CSTARS

Linwood Vincent

MIAMI — June 20, 2012 — The University of Miami’s Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) today announced that it has hired Charles Linwood Vincent to serve as a research faculty member for the program. Vincent, who was formerly the head of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Ocean, Atmosphere and Space Research Division, the division responsible for oceanographic, meteorological, optical and biological applied research for the Navy and the Marine Corps, will serve as Research Professor for the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science.

“We are pleased that Dr. Vincent, an internationally recognized research entrepreneur who is well-versed in envisioning and promoting complex oceanographic programs at all levels of government, is joining the CSTARS team,” said Hans C. Graber, Executive Director of CSTARS. “He is a scientist with interests in air-sea interactions, wave dynamics and forecasting, areas where we anticipate future growth and government investment. He will help us position our science to capitalize on these investments in the coming years.”

Vincent was appointed to ONR’s Senior Executive Service in August 2007, where he oversaw an annual research portfolio of $150 million. As division head he oversaw programs in Meteorology, Physical Oceanography, Acoustics, Littoral Geosciences, Marine Mammals and Space Research. His division provided research funding for of six oceanographic research vessels and providing the research underpinning for the Navy’s meteorological and oceanographic prediction systems.

Vincent’s areas of expertise include ocean waves, air-sea interaction and coastal dynamics. From 2001–2007, he managed research programs in Coastal Sciences, Ocean Modeling and Physical Oceanography at ONR. From 1999–2001, Vincent was Navy Senior Scientist for Nearshore Hydrodynamics. Previously, he served as the Army Senior Research Scientist for Coastal Hydrodynamics at the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS from 1991 to 1999.

He received a BA (1969) in Mathematics, MS (1971) and Ph.D. (1973) in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. He received the U.S. Army Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service in 1989 and the U.S. Navy Superior Civilian Service Award. Vincent is a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

About CSTARS and the University of Miami
Launched in 2003, CSTARS is a program of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Employing low earth-orbiting satellite systems, CSTARS scientists conduct research using remotely-sensed data. They provide directly downlinked, high-resolution data for environmental monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico, Southeastern United States, northern South America, Central America and the Caribbean Basin. CSTARS also furnishes a reliable communications channel for researchers stationed at the Antarctic Southpole Research Station, connecting them via VoIP (Voice over the Internet Protocol), and providing electronic medical file transfers, when required. In 2011 CSTARS won the inaugural Innovation Award from the Alliance For Earth Observations for action taken by the during the Deep Water Horizon disaster, as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Award.

The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.

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