Rick W. Spinrad, Ph.D. – Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator
Richard (Rick) W. Spinrad, Ph.D., was sworn in on June 22, 2021, as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the 11th NOAA Administrator. Dr. Spinrad is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the agency and its over 12,000 employees, including developing NOAA’s portfolio of products and services to address the climate crisis, enhancing environmental sustainability and fostering economic development, and creating a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive NOAA workforce.
Most recently, Dr. Spinrad served as a Professor of Oceanography and Senior Adviser to the Vice President of Research at Oregon State University (OSU). He was also Vice President for Research at OSU from 2010-2014. Previously, Dr. Spinrad served as NOAA’s Chief Scientist under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2016. He also led NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and National Ocean Service from 2003-2010.
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Rick Spinrad will be joining us at Oi Americas 2023
If you would like to hear him and our other INCREDIBLE speakers take a deep dive into strategic, technical and scientific topics that are key to the marine science and oceanology community then join us at Oi Americas from the 14th-16th February 2023.