Title: Physical Scientist
Company: Naval Oceanographic Office
Location: Carriere, MS
Carriere, MS, September 28, 2016, Deborah Callender, Physical Scientist of Naval Oceanographic Office, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in scientific project management.
Ms. Callender celebrates nearly a decade with the Naval Oceanographic Office, where she provides services in management, leadership, research and analysis. She manages such studies as the marine seafloor geology profile and fleet projects for the U.S. Navy. Additionally, her skills as a GIS project manager are used when acquiring data and integrating seafloor geology, physical oceanography, meteorology, bathymetry, ice, shipping and fisheries into navigation and safety specifications for clients. Furthermore, Ms. Callender is the project manager for the Global Marine Environmental Library, which integrates academia and published documents into databases interconnected to GIS data. Her work is not done yet, as she is an AUV Survey GIS analyst of the Remote Environmental Measuring Unites (REMUS), which analyzes side-scan sonar. She provides her expertise for the ISS-60 Watchstander for oceanographic surveys, which include processing of multi-beam bathymetry.
Oftentimes working alongside the U.S. Navy in her line of work, Ms. Callender first came into contact with the organization while earning a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah, where she participated with the U.S. Navy ROTC. She continued her education to earn a Master of Arts in management from the University of Redlands. Her focus shifted while attending the University of Maryland to receive an Associate of Arts in computer systems analysis. At this university, she studied at a European college in Keflavik, Iceland. In 2004, Ms. Callender acquired her latest degree, a Master of Science in computer science (3D visualization/animation), geology, and GIS certification at the University of Southern Mississippi. Complimenting her work with the Naval Oceanographic Office, she participates with the American Association of Geographers, the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. Looking toward the future, Ms. Callender endeavors to develop a multimillion dollar specialized contract for her division and returning to education to learn more about marine biology.
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