NOAA Corps Recruiting
NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations
Ensign Silas Ayers
Ayers hails from Southeastern Pennsylvania. He earned his BSED in Environmental
Science in 1998, and his MA in Physical Science in 2000, from West Chester
University of Pennsylvania. He has served the past three years as an enlisted
member of the United States Army, where he studied and practiced Intercept
and Electronic Warfare Systems Repair. He hopes that his experiences in
the NOAA Corps will equip him for his long-term career objective of working
in Earth Science Education.
Lieutenant Les Cruise
Cruise is a Public Health Service Officer assigned as the medical officer
aboard the NOAA research vessel RONALD H. BROWN. LT Cruise has a BS and
MS in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and
has worked as a registered nurse and Adult Nurse Practitioner for seven
years. He also has a BS and MS in Meteorology from North Carolina State
University and served as a weather officer in the Air Force for ten years.
LT Cruise is attending BOTC to gain the navigational and nautical skills
needed to qualify for underway OOD watches.
Ensign Michael Davidson
Davidson hails from the University of Alabama where he is finishing a
Master's Degree in Applied Physical Geography with emphasis in GIS and
Remote Sensing. In addition to his graduate studies, Ensign Davidson has
also earned a Graduate Certificate in GIS and a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental
Science from the University of Alabama. While searching for a job in the
intelligence community, Ensign Davidson happened to visit the NOAA Corps
website and immediately realized that NOAA Corps offered the perfect career
opportunities for him. When he is not working or going to school, Ensign
Davidson enjoys scuba diving, snow skiing, and traveling to new places.
Upon completion of BOTC, he looks forward to his first sea assignment
upon a hydrographic survey vessel and the opportunity to attend NOAA dive
Ensign David Fischman
David Fischman was born and raised in Kings Park, NY on Long Island. He
graduated with a B.S in geology from the State University of New York
College at Cortland. He went on to obtain a M.S. in geology from Wright
State University in Dayton, Ohio. Upon graduation, he moved to Newport,
Rhode Island where he worked as a database manager for the computer consulting
firm Advanced Systems. Not enjoying sitting behind a computer, he found
employment as a scientist with SAIC. Some of his many duties included
data management and conducting various oceanographic surveys around the
country. Feeling the constraints of living in the same area for many years,
Ensign Fischman decided to move on to new and more exciting places. Missing
the deadline for the NOAA BOTC class of 102 by 1 week, he embarked on
a journey aboard NOAA ship RAINIER as a survey technician. There, he conducted
multi-beam surveys of the Alaskan coast for nautical charts. Later, he
served on NOAA ship KA`IMIMOANA also as a survey technician. There, he
conducted CTD operations and managed the scientific data collection of
several oceanographic and atmospheric instruments. Ensign Fischman left
the KA`IMIMOANA for BOTC class 104. Ensign Fischman plans on spending
at least 20 years in the NOAA Corps continuously traveling and learning
Ensign Amanda Goeller
Amanda Goeller was born and raised in Snow Hill, Maryland. She graduated
from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL with a BS degree in Marine Science
and a minor in Mathematics. She enjoys traveling and has been to Ecuador
and the Galapagos Islands, Tanzania, where she hiked to the top of Mt.
Kilimanjaro, Costa Rica, and Panama. Some pastimes she enjoys include
SCUBA diving, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and swimming. The NOAA
Corps is the perfect opportunity for her to have a career in which she
can combine her love for the oceans with hard work and teamwork.
Ensign Leah Harman
Leah Harman originates from land-locked Florence, Colorado. In 1999, she
earned a BS degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina
at Wilmington. Since then she has been working as a NMFS fisheries observer
aboard commercial fishing vessels in Alaskan and Hawaiian waters. She
was first attracted to NOAA Corps by the prospect of serving aboard a
NOAA fisheries vessel but also looks forward to gaining experience in
NOAA's other missions. Her hobbies include backpacking, kayaking, scuba
diving, sailing, and surfing.
Ensign Abigail Higgins
Abigail Higgins is very excited to be joining the NOAA Corps. ENS Higgins
is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from the University of
Virginia in May 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences.
She has long been interested in the NOAA Corps, following in the path
of her grandfather, Captain Edmund Jones. ENS Higgins is looking forward
to being involved with oceanographic research and a long and interesting
career with the Corps.
Ensign Paul Householder
Paul Householder comes from Frazeysburg, Ohio, a small town near Zanesville.
Staying close to home, he graduated from Case Western Reserve University
in Cleveland with a BS and MS in chemical engineering. While on a cooperative
education assignment at IBM, Paul developed a toxic waste treatment method
for plating solutions, constituting his master's project. Following graduation,
he returned full time to IBM in Burlington, Vermont to work as a process
engineer in a microchip fabrication facility. After being laid off a year
ago, ENS Householder desired a position that would be a great mix of science,
travel, and service. Despite having no seagoing experience, Paul found
the NOAA Corps to be an excellent career opportunity. In his spare time,
he enjoys sailing, hiking, and woodworking.
Ensign Sarah Jackson
Sarah Jackson hails from Woodbridge, Virginia. She recently graduated
Magna Cum Laude from Mary Washington College with a bachelor's degree
in biology. While in college she did several internships including a legal
intern position for the Department of Social Services. Last summer she
had the opportunity to conduct population genetics research on two species
of endemic flies in Hilo, Hawaii. Jackson also worked in Volcanoes National
Park conducting aquatic invertebrate and yellow jacket surveys. After
graduation she worked for the American Type Culture Collection as a biologist
in their molecular bio-production unit. Feeling the need for adventure
and for a challenge, Sarah accepted appointment into NOAA's 104th BOTC
Ensign Jason Mansour
up in Maryland, ENS Mansour graduated Cum Laude from CSU Monterey Bay
with a B.S. in Earth System Science and Policy in May of 2003. With original
intentions to be a naval aviator after graduating college, ENS Mansour
joins the NOAA Corps with an strong ambition to continue fishery and oceanographic
research. Ultimately, he hopes to earn his wings as a NOAA aviator and
join the P-3 Hurricane Hunter squadron. In his free time, ENS Mansour
enjoys cycling, hockey, scuba diving, flying and surfing.
Ensign Tri Nguyen
Tri Nguyen lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida before arriving at BOTC 104.
He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University
at Boca Raton in December 2002. He joined the NOAA Corps because of his
interest in working for the government in a scientific and research capacity.
He thinks that NOAA's mission fits well for him. He enjoys jogging, swimming,
and listening to music.
Ensign Brent J. Pounds
is originally from Pueblo, Colorado and being from a completely land locked
state felt that it was only prudent to accept a job with an ocean going
service. He recently graduated with high honors from the Colorado School
of Mines in Golden, CO with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
While at CSM he was involved in many student organizations and academic
projects. These projects included the development of the Knecht Martian
Mining System for the NASA HEDS-Up Forum at Johnson Space Center, where
his design team took top honors in a field of over twenty top universities
from across the country. More recently he has been involved in a robotics
project to develop a totally autonomous robot incorporating Infrared obstacle
avoidance and GPS mapping and locating technology. Brent first became
interested in the NOAA Corps at the CSM Career Fair and visited the NESDIS
solar weather research center in Bolder, CO. He is eager to complete his
training and head out for his first sea assignment.
Lieutenant JG Dan Price
Price, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, transferred to the NOAA Corps from
the U.S. Navy. During his 11 year Navy career, he served in the nuclear
submarine, aviation, and oceanography communities. He discovered the NOAA
Corps while working as an oceanography officer at the Naval Pacific Meteorology
and Oceanography Center in San Diego, California. Although he regularly
provided environmental support to NOAA ships operating in the Eastern
Pacific, he remained unaware of the NOAA Corps until an opportune visit
from a NOAA Corps officer. LTJG Price was especially attracted to opportunities
in undersea exploration and marine science, as well as the professional
mariner aspect of NOAA Corps service. Having realized that he could best
pursue his interests and contribute to the nation as a NOAA Corps officer,
he requested an inter-service transfer. LTJG Price enjoys all outdoor
activities, especially those involving the ocean or the wilderness. His
favorite activities are ocean kayaking, SCUBA diving, and backpacking
with his wife, Heather.
Ensign Timothy Salisbury
Timothy Salisbury was born in Bethesda, Maryland. He began attending Simon's
Rock of Bard College at age16 and graduated with his B.S. in Physical
Science from Salisbury State University at age19. He worked for the Defense
Mapping Agency as a GS-11 Geodesist until the Soviet Union collapsed,
peace broke out, and the DMA was discontinued. His second career was in
Telemedicine, where Mr. Salisbury worked as a project officer and lead
instructor for the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center
(TATRC) at Fort Detrick. With the project he traveled to various bases
around the world implementing prototype medical equipment. His travels
include Haiti, Kuwait, Germany, Macedonia, Honduras, four months in Bosnia
and a year in Kosovo. Upon returning form Kosovo, he went back to school
where he performed in several plays and earned an A.A. degree in Dance.
When not traveling, Mr. Salisbury teaches self-defense with D.C. IMPACT
and he is the proud father of Ashley. Mr. Salisbury and his wife, Merrily,
are expecting their son to be born sometime before October 31st, 2003.
Ensign Mike Stevenson
Stevenson was born and raised in Pensacola, FL. He attended college at
Bucknell University, earning a BS in Electrical Engineering in 2000, and
at the University of West Florida, where he earned a BSBA in Management
Information Systems in 2003. After learning about the NOAA Corps at a
school career fair, ENS Stevenson felt that he had finally found his calling.
He hopes to enjoy a long career with NOAA, and greatly looks forward to
the opportunity to experience life while serving his country.
Ensign Briana Welton
Briana Welton spent her first eighteen years growing up in southeastern
Arizona, along the U.S.-Mexico border, where her parents, two younger
sisters, and horse still live. Her first taste of adventure came after
high school when she lived a year in So Paulo, Brazil, as a Rotary International
Exchange Student, soaking up the culture and becoming proficient in Portuguese.
In December of 2001, she graduated from Smith College with her bachelors
in mathematics. She joins the 104th BOTC from Tucson, Arizona, where she
was most recently employed as a Research Technician at the University
of Arizona College of Public Health. Briana was introduced to the NOAA
Corps during college when she interned with NMAO Program Services and
Outsourcing Division. Throughout life she has enjoyed swimming, riding
horse, camping, biking, traveling, reading, and discussing the meaning
of life with friends.