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Rear Admiral KENNETH E. BARBOR, USN (ret)

Over 30 years of leadership and technical experience, at the most senior national and
international levels, in the fields of hydrography, oceanography and meteorology including strategic planning, resource allocation, research & development, education, and field operations.

Transformed Navy’s operational survey program into a responsive, customer driven enterprise that pioneered cutting‐edge technology for the collection, processing, production and dissemination of hydrographic and oceanographic information.

Engineered a 5 year, $130 million conversion in program operations from deep water,
open ocean survey fleet to near shore survey operations with revolutionary data collection capabilities such as airborne LiDAR bathymetry systems, autonomous underwater vehicles, and enhanced hydrographic survey launches. Advanced hydrographic education leading to the creation of the United States’ first internationally certified degree program.

Director, Hydrographic Science Research Center, University of Southern Mississippi
Managing a multi‐faceted research program producing next generation hydrographic survey capabilities and transitioning new technologies and techniques to operations.

Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, United States Navy. Directed the worldwide operations of the U.S. Navy’s hydrography, oceanography, and meteorology activities consisting of 3000 personnel, eight survey ships and over 50 installations. Conducted extensive liaison with foreign governments, federal agencies and U.S. military officials to define requirement and assess performance. Set forth requirements leading to graduate education in Hydrography for workforce professional development.

Affiliated with the Hydrographic Society of America (past national president), Sigma Xi, American Meteorological Society, and the Marine Technology Society.

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