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CDIP Personnel

Victor Aguilar, Sr Marine Mechanician

Sr. Marine Mechanic working with CDIP since 2004 assisting with training, deployments, maintenance, and daily operations in the field.
James Behrens, Principal Development Engineer/Co-Manager

Jim joined CDIP in 2016, and works in program management. A specialist in oceanographic and geophysical instrumentation and field operations, he has logged over 1,000 days of sea time on research and exploration projects spanning the globe, plus two years of Antarctic deep field expeditions. He studied physics at Purdue University, and completed his Ph.D. at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego in 2005, with a focus on measuring and modeling electromagnetic properties of the seafloor and associated plate tectonic processes. Prior to joining CDIP, he worked as an independent offshore client representative in the oil and gas exploration industry, and as field operations manager for a small startup geophysical prospecting company.
Randy Bucciarelli, Programmer/Analyst

GIS Programmer working with CDIP since 2001. Obtained B.S. Degree from CSU Monterey Bay in Earth Systems Science and is currently obtaining M.S. from San Diego State in Computational Science. Interests include waves, beaches, and technology.
Grant Cameron, Programmer/Analyst

Grant hails from Vancouver B.C. in the Great White North. He attended the University of British Columbia majoring in Physics. After a few years teaching Secondary School in Canada and the US, he travelled with his young family throughout the US eventually settling down in Tucson Arizona where he continued to pursue higher education eventually graduating with a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering and an M.S. in Statistics. He joined CDIP in 1996 while finishing his doctorate degree. Grant manages the computer systems and data acquisition as well as contributing to web and scientific programming. If you can't find him in front of a computer, he is likely playing the accordion or on the soccer pitch.
Andrew Gray, Senior Development Engineer Supervisor

Andrew received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCSD, MBA from Pepperdine University, and a certificate in Enterprise Management from Oxford University. Prior to working at CDIP Andrew spent 3 years working on instrumentation for the U.S. Navy. Since 2013, he has been working for CDIP as the Senior Development Engineer Supervisor managing all of CDIP's instrumentation and wave measurement devices.
Les Hanson, Staff Research Associate

Les Hanson is currently a field technician for the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP). His expertise is in wave buoy deployments and retrievals. He has expertise in launching, retrieving, and maintaining equipment off of large, and small research vessels as well as pleasure craft. His experience includes working in large wind, swell, and other adverse weather conditions. He also has experience working on research vessels in the Channel Islands as in the Gulf of Mexico. He has a passion for improving the sustainability of the environment and natural resources. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from California State University, Channel Islands.
Sarah Heim, Programmer/Analyst

Sarah is originally from Minnesota, graduating with B.S. in Computer Information Science and Geography from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She spent a number of years in Florida and Washington DC (working at NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) before moving to California. Sarah joined CDIP and SCCOOS in March of 2012. She works as computer programming, primarily data dissemination and visualization. She is passionate about conservation, regularly biking to work and is a member of UCSD's Staff Sustainability Network. Her personal interests include adventure sports, traveling, animals, art and learning.
Jenny Jilka, Research Project Assistant

Jenny Jilka is a Research Project Assistant with CDIP (since 2014), using her background in accounting and marine science to assist CDIP with budgets, contracts and financial projections.
Vicki Kellis, Research Project Assistant

Vicki, San Diego native, has been working with CDIP as a Research Project Assistant since 2007. She assists with the core operations and maintenance of the CDIP wave buoy program.
Corey Olfe, Programmer/Analyst

Corey has worked as a programmer and data analyst for CDIP since 1998. His responsibilities include the processing and QC of sensor observations and managing CDIP's wave model code.
Rakesh Packonayil_John, Programmer/Analyst

Rakesh joined our team in 2016. Prior to working with CDIP Rakesh worked around 5 years each in Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, San Diego. He did B-Tech in electronics and communication engineering. His interests include the ocean, sustainable farming, and technology. Since 2016, he has been working as a programmer, system administrator, and supporting the backend operations for buoy deployment.
Richard Seymour, Research Emeritus
Noah Sheen, Student Intern
Eric Terrill, Principal Investigator

Eric is an oceanographer with an engineering background who leads basic and applied research programs in a variety of marine and environmental disciplines. He founded the Coastal Observing Research and Development Center (CORDC) in 2003 at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to focus on the development of new technologies, their application for basic and applied sciences, and the exploitation and fusion of data for improved decision making. He joined CDIP as Co-Principal Investigator in 2014, leveraging his background in ocean wave and air-sea processes. He has extensive experience with the design, coordination, and implementation of complex maritime field measurement programs that are executed globally, both in the ocean and on land. Sponsorship for these initiatives comes primarily from federal and state agencies; including USACE, NOAA and Navy ocean observation, and Maritime Domain Awareness initiatives. Eric was also one of the early leaders in establishing the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, one of the 11 U.S. Regional Associations that form the Integrated Ocean Observing System. Eric obtained his B.S. in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science from UCSD his Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography - Applied Ocean Sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Julie Thomas, Principal Investigator/Program Manager

Julie Thomas has worked for over 40 years at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA. She has served as Program Manager and Principal Investigator for the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) since 2005. With State and Federal funding, CDIP maintains a national network of wave monitoring buoys, publishing the wave observations and products. As Program Manager of CDIP, the priority is to maintain standards for collecting and disseminating high resolution wave data throughout the marine community. In 2008, Julie became Executive Director of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS). As Executive Director of SCCOOS, the priority is the development of the Ocean Observing Systems at regional, state and national levels, promoting inter-agency collaboration, data interoperability and data standards. Julie serves on many national committees advocating for high quality data and data standards.
Darren Wright, Programmer/Analyst

Darren has been a programmer with CDIP since 2005. In 2012, he became the functional data management lead at the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS). He designs and develops software applications, algorithms and analysis techniques to support the goals of CDIP and SCCOOS which include the acquiring, archiving, processing and dissemination of ocean data.
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