Alumni Updates

Here are some updates from our alumni:

Michael William Raftery, 1996

Michael William Raftery, Oceanography, 1996, worked for Lockheed Martin Technical Operations as a Satellite Engineer (1996-2000), Loral Skynet as a Spacecraft Orbit Analyst (2000-2004), Stevens Institute of Technology as a Research Engineer (2004-2012), received a Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering (Stevens 2009), and is the sole inventor on US Patent 8093736B2 (Wave Energy Harnessing Device) own by Stevens Board of Trustees. He’s currently working for Martin & Ottaway in Tinton Falls, New Jersey working to commercialize the SurfWEHD based on US patent 8093736B2.

James A Seward, 2016

James A Seward, Oceanography, 2016, was an environmental services intern for California Coastal Conservancy from July 2017 to January 2018. He is currently a technician with the Central & Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS).

Clark Alexander, 1983

Clark Alexander, 1983 Oceanography, was recently appointed Director of the University of Georgia (UGA) Skidaway Institute of Oceanography located in Savannah, GA.  He also holds the rank of full professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at UGA.

Jessica Taatjes, 2014

Jessica Taatjes, 2014 Oceanography, joined AmeriCorps VISTA with the California State University after graduation. Taatjes currently works with COAST (Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology) conducting student engagement across the CSU.

Carrie Leonard, 1992

Carrie has recently been name the Director of Advanced Concepts for BAE Systems in Honolulu.  In this role she meets with the user community to develop technical solutions to their pressing needs.  She has also been named the Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers Hawaiian Island Chapter.  On a personal note, she’s a soccer coach (U8 AYSO), baseball and water polo mom, and active triathlete.