Members of NOAA Corps Basic Officer Training Class 113 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. Front row (left to right): ENS Erik S. Norris, ENS Aaron D. Maggied, ENS Marina Kosenko, ENS Heather L. Moe, ENS Lindsay H. Clovis, ENS Kyle A. Sanders. Back row (left to right):AB Jodie Edmond, ENS Russell D. Pate, ENS Christopher J. Briand, ENS Kurt Karpov, ENS Jon D. Andvick, ENS Michael D. Robbie, CB Jonathan Forgione.
Ensign Jon D. Andvick
ENS Andvick joins the NOAA Corps from Hillsboro, Oregon. He earned his Computer Systems Engineering degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology and worked 18 years enjoying various technical and managerial positions within the high technology sector. ENS Andvick is a licensed amateur radio operator who volunteered with Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Community Emergency Response Teams in Oregon and California. Fishing and boating are among his favorite recreational activities so he is delighted to have an opportunity to combine his interests in science and technology with his desire to be out on the water. He looks forward to the variety of challenging assignments in the NOAA Corps.
Ensign Christopher J. Briand
ENS Briand grew up around Boston, MA and joined the U.S. Air Force right out of high school. After almost 5 years serving as an F-15 Crew Chief around the world, ENS Briand wanted to go to college. ENS Briand attended UMASS Boston and graduated with a BS in Earth & Geographic Science with a GIS certificate. It was during college that he found an interest in boats while working as a deckhand on a tug and line boat in Boston Harbor. After graduating from college he wanted to pursue a flying career and joined the U.S. Army National Guard. During OCS training ENS Briand volunteered to serve a tour in Iraq with 101st Airborne Medavacs as a Blackhawk Crew Chief. It was during his tour in Iraq that ENS Briand found the NOAA Corps and was captivated by the job description. ENS Briand enjoys wreck diving and flying and looks forward to an exciting NOAA Corps career.
Ensign Lindsay H. Clovis
ENS Clovis, a native of West Virginia, was introduced to the water at the early age of six months. Growing up riverside and having many childhood experiences with both fresh and salt water is what prompted ENS Clovis’ great love and passion for aquatics. SCUBA certified at fifteen years old, ENS Clovis has spent many hours indulging in her obsession submerged off the coasts of the Bahamas, Florida, West Virginia, and South Carolina. While developing her outdoor water skills, ENS Clovis splashed her way to four state championships, swimming for her high school team, and was team captain for 2 years. In May of 2008, ENS Clovis graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science with a minor in Biology. While pursuing her undergraduate degree ENS Clovis also developed an interest in hydrographic techniques and instruments as well as beach erosion dynamics. ENS Clovis continued to satisfy her need for the sea as a diver at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC for approximately two years. Here, ENS Clovis had daily encounters with stingrays, guitarfish, large and small sharks, sea turtles, and tropical reef fish; but her favorite activity was cleaning the large shark tank which gave her the opportunity to swim with the largest of the aquarium’s sharks. ENS Clovis is ecstatic to be living a “life less ordinary”, being a NOAA Corps officer and hopes to work aboard NOAA’s hydrographic vessels or dive platforms.
Ensign Kurt Karpov
ENS Karpov joined BOTC 113 from Troy, Michigan. He attended the Virginia Military Institute for three and a half years with an Electrical Engineering major. In 2007, he graduated Oakland University with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, and completed a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering in the spring of 2008. Through college ENS Karpov participated in multiple robotic projects and competitions along with courses in every area of study within the major. After reading about NOAA in various novels he researched the organization and discovered the NOAA Corps. Prior to joining the NOAA Corps, ENS Karpov worked in the Intellectual Property field as a technology specialist and was accepted to Law school but decided against that path after being offered a commission in the NOAA Corps. ENS Karpov enjoys camping, canoeing, lacrosse, skiing, hockey, technology and having an all around good time. ENS Karpov hopes to apply his technical knowledge with a sense of hard work and love of the outdoors while in the NOAA Corps.
Ensign Marina Kosenko
ENS Kosenko was born in Russia but considers Seattle to be her home. She graduated from the University of Washington, where she studied Astronomy and Physics. During her last quarter, ENS Kosenko enrolled in the SEA Semester program in Woods Hole, MA. Her class sailed from Honolulu to San Francisco on a 134-foot brigantine, collecting research data along the way while running the ship. While she loves sailing, her major passion is martial arts. ENS Kosenko started training in Wun Hop Kuen Do/Kajukenbo with the Guro and Sifu in Seattle at the age of thirteen. Her instructors and classmates have been the driving force in the decision to apply for NOAA Corps as they have encouraged her to pursue a career path that did not involve cubicles and keyboard cramps. ENS Kosenko looks forward to the times to come.
Ensign Aaron D. Maggied
ENS Maggied grew up outside of Cleveland in the suburb of Beachwood, Ohio. He completed a baccalaureate of science at The Ohio State University in the fields of physics and astronomy. While studying physics, he was fortunate enough to be accepted as a Student Temporary Employee Program (STEP) Intern at NASA Kennedy Space Center. Working with other scientist in NASA’s Corrosion Technology Laboratory, he studied corrosive reactions of aluminum alloys in the space shuttle launch environment. Following his experience at NASA, he studied in Washington, DC as a John Glenn Fellow. As a John Glenn Fellow, he studied the political impacts of spent nuclear fuel as an intern at the Federation of American Scientists. His hobbies include running, cycling, reading, and cooking. Joining the NOAA Corps, ENS Maggied looks forward to both serving the American populace and aiding in scientific discovery.
Ensign Heather L. Moe
ENS Heather Moe was born in Boston, and then moved several times as a child of an Air Force Officer. She attended school at Rochester Institute of Technology where she graduated as an Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She earned a leadership certificate from RIT’s Leadership Institute. While at RIT she lettered four times in women’s soccer and was selected for the Empire 8 President’s List. Her leadership and interest in sports led to her serving on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She completed her open water SCUBA certificate, studied abroad in Australia doing research on the rain forest and in Mexico getting an introduction into gray whale and turtle research. During her last term as an undergraduate, she sailed through the SEA Semesters program from Hawaii to Tahiti. ENS Moe also participated in a summer research program at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography creating a habitat map of Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie, Ontario as well as helping the other members of the lab collect their data. ENS Moe looks forward to using what she has learned so far to merge the wonders of science and sea.
Ensign Erik S. Norris
ENS Norris is from Virginia Beach, Virginia where he grew up playing and sailing in the local waters. He later went on to attend James Madison University where he graduated with a BS in Integrated Science and Technology with concentrations in Environment and Marine Studies in 2005. After graduation, ENS Norris worked for Norfolk Dredging as a Field Engineer. In 2006, he left dredging to pursue other opportunities in Hawaii where he worked as a boat mechanic. As a mechanic, ENS Norris got involved with the restoration and re-power of the escort vessel, Kama Hele, for the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Upon completion of Kama Hele, ENS Norris joined its crew as the engineer and first mate for the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s 2007 voyage through Micronesia and Japan. The voyage came to a finale six months later, in June of 2007, in Yokohama harbor. ENS Norris spent the rest of 2007 traveling for leisure, returning to the States for Christmas. Since which time, he has been living and working in his home town of Virginia Beach until he was able to start BOTC 113, which he hopes to be the beginning of a prosperous career with the NOAA Corps.
Ensign Russell D. Pate
ENS Pate was born in Texas and grew up in Missouri. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2005. Following graduation, he worked as an environmental consultant in Missouri before moving to Columbia, South Carolina to work with the USGS Water Resources Division. ENS Pate earned his Master's degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2008 from Vanderbilt University. He taught undergraduate labs in oceanography and sedimentology. His studies in geology have taken him to South Africa, the Bahamas, India, and the mighty Ganges-Brahmaputra River delta in Bangladesh. He enjoys running, reading, and the ocean. ENS Pate looks forward to his continued involvement with the scientific community as a NOAA Corps Officer.
Ensign Michael D. Robbie
ENS Robbie was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and moved to Warwick, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia) while in elementary school. He was heavily active in his Boy Scout troop for eight years, earning his Eagle Scout rank. He cites skills and knowledge learned in the scouts as the main factors behind his educational and career decisions. He attended the University of Miami and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology and Mathematics. The NOAA Corps represents his first career out of college, and he hopes that the Corps will provide him with a long and fulfilling career.
Ensign Kyle A. Sanders
ENS Sanders was born and raised along the West Coast of Michigan. Growing up in this region shaped his fondness of the outdoors and many of the activities he enjoys. Some of these hobbies include biking, wakeboarding, and playing soccer and hockey. From Michigan, his travels carried him out to Pennsylvania where he attained a degree in Meteorology. Along the way he has been fortunate enough to visit some fascinating areas, and he participated in some awesome adventures. These range from treading upon the paths of ancient Mayans in the ruins of Tikal and Lamanai, Belize to whale watching in Banderas Bay off the shores of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. ENS Sanders looks forward to serving his country as well as satisfying his sense of adventure with his commission in the NOAA Corps.