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BOTC 117

Basic Officer Training Class 117

Back row Left to Right - ENS Michael Doig, ENS Carl Noblitt, ENS Bart Buessler, ENS Damien Manda, ENS Brian Elliot

Middle Row Left to Right - ENS Jesse Milton, ENS Justin Ellis, ENS Scott Broo, ENS Philip J. Klavon, ENS Scott Youngkin

Front Row Left to Right - ENS Brian Adornato, ENS Gillian Faustine, ENS Jennifer Wegener, ENS Lindsey Norman
December 16, 2010

Ensign Brian J. Adornato

Ensign Brian J. Adornato is currently training with Basic Officer Training Class 117 in Kings Point, New York. Prior to joining NOAA Corps he worked as an engineer in the Environmental Protection Agency and as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives. Ensign Adornato graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a certificate in Environmental Studies. He attended graduate school at the University of Michigan and earned a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In his engineering thesis, he used driving data to predict Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle performance and potential charging scenarios. The NOAA Corps appealed to Ensign Adornato because it is an opportunity to see how scientific data is gathered in the field. Ensign Adornato enjoys playing basketball, building small boats and following the news.

Ensign Scott E. Broo

Prior to joining the NOAA Commissioned Corps on August 8th, 2010, Ensign Scott E. Broo completed a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He focused on remote sensing of sea surface temperature and vegetation indices for climate studies, quantitative modeling of water demand, and served as Co-President of Clark’s Graduate Student Council. Ensign Broo worked for the Bureau of Land Management as a GIS Analyst and earned a Certificate of Study in GIS and Cartography from Montgomery College, near Washington, DC, prior to starting his Master’s Degree. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Television, Radio & Film Production from Syracuse University with a minor in Geography. Ensign Broo was born in Hartford, CT, and was raised near Detroit, MI, where he spent many summers boating on inland lakes. His immediate interest in the NOAA Corps is to serve on a Hydrographic vessel and utilize his training in remote sensing. Aviation runs in his family, and he is considering the pursuit of flight school after his first sea assignment.

Ensign Bart Buesseler

ENS Bart Buesseler entered into the NOAA Corps shortly after completing his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. ENS Buesseler has always been fascinated by the oceans growing up in the Pacific Northwest, and found the NOAA Corps a unique way to combine his nautical interest with his engineering education. ENS Buesseler is looking forward to the coming challenges within the NOAA Corps, whatever and wherever they might be.

Ensign Michael E. Doig

Prior to reporting for NOAA Officer Training, Ensign Michael E. Doig was teaching in New York City. He taught earth and marine science at an alternative high school in Brooklyn. During his tenure as a teacher, Ensign Doig was a New York City Teaching Fellow, AMS Maury Project participant and a professional developer for teachers throughout the city. Prior to teaching he was a web designer and visual effects freelancer in Los Angeles. Ensign Doig graduated from Pace University in 2006 with a Masters in Science Education. He earned a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He also received a Marine Option Program certificate for underwater filmmaking. During undergrad, Ensign Doig worked at the Waikiki Aquarium, KTUH 90.3 FM, Hanauma Bay Education Center and had an internship at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology tagging juvenile hammerhead sharks. Ensign Doig’s other areas of expertise include being a NAUI certified scientific diver, underwater photography and multimedia design. Ensign Doig is interested in serving aboard an ecosystem research or fisheries vessel and hopes to attend NOAA dive training.

Ensign Brian Elliot

Ensign Elliot reported to the NOAA Officer Training Center on 08 AUG 2010 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA ran his own marine services company, worked on various engineering projects for a manufacturing company, captained charter boats and taught SCUBA diving in the Florida Keys and the Great Lakes area. Ensign Elliot graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology and an AAS in Engineering Design from Northern Michigan University. Mr. Elliot has been a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary for seven years, where he served in multiple roles including: Vice Flotilla Commander, Training Staff Officer, Operations Staff Officer, Boat Crewman, Communications Specialist and Seaman Specialist. He earned the Boat Force Operations Device along with various other awards from the Coast Guard. ENS Elliot is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (PADI) with multiple specialty instructor ratings including: deep, underwater naturalist, nitrox, night, ice and multiple others, he has over 450 logged dives. He also holds a 100 Ton Masters Near Coastal License. ENS Elliot was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and spent all of his life on the water. Ensign Elliot joined NOAA Corps to serve his country and increase his experience and expertise throughout his career. The needs of the Corps will dictate his assignment; however, he would like to serve aboard an oceanographic and atmospheric research ship and become a NOAA diver.

Ensign Justin Ellis

Ensign Justin Ellis reported to the NOAA Officer Training Center on August 8th, 2010 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Prior to joining NOAA he worked as a lab assistant in an atmospheric sciences laboratory at the University of Illinois. It was there that he learned about and applied to the NOAA Commissioned corps, attracted by the opportunity to support science while working in the maritime sector. Ensign Ellis graduated from the University Of Illinois College Of Agriculture in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Technical Systems Management. He enrolled in college following an honorable discharge from the US Navy where he served for six years a nuclear machinist mate on board the USS Montpelier, SSN-765. With a strong interest in climate change and atmospheric monitoring, Ensign Ellis looks forward to supporting research in these areas in the NOAA fleet.

Ensign Gillian Faustine

Ensign Gillian Faustine's desire to become a mariner was fostered through a Sea Semester with Sea Education Association. After her semester, Faustine continued working with S.E.A. as a deckhand. This gave her invaluable experience and inspired her to attend Maine Maritime Academy as a Marine Transportation Operations major. During her studies, she served in several leadership positions, including Regimental Executive Officer during her senior year and Regimental Commander on her final training cruise. She recently graduated from MMA with her USCG 3/M Unlimited License. She looks forward to the ship handling experience that she will gain while serving her country in the unique way the Corps has to offer.

Ensign Philip J. Klavon

Prior to reporting for BOTC 117, Ensign Philip J. Klavon was pursuing a Master's degree in Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to graduate school he worked on stream restoration in the mid-Atlantic. Ensign Klavon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management. Ensign Klavon started boating on the Potomac River fishing and crabbing with his family. He has continued to spend time on the water volunteering with the Severn Riverkeeper. Ensign Klavon's other areas of expertise include wildlife biology research on threatened and endangered birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles and oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.

Ensign Damian Manda

Ensign Damian Manda reported to basic training for the NOAA Commissioned Corps at the US Merchant Marine Academy on August 9th, 2010. First introduced to NOAA through the Hollings Scholarship program where he held an internship aboard NOAA Ship Fairweather, he has also worked in the GIS field including the professional services division of ESRI. Ensign Manda graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Geography. These fields catered to interests in robotics, programming, electronics and a lifelong love of maps. During college Ensign Manda continued to volunteer with the FIRST Robotics program in which he competed during high school, directing tournaments for elementary school age students. He also served in leadership positions in engineering honors societies and Theta Tau professional engineering fraternity.

Ensign Jesse P. Milton

Ensign Jesse P. Milton is a native of Kingwood, West Virginia. Prior to joining NOAA, Ensign Milton worked as an assistant estate manager for a property in Cape Cod Massachusetts. Ensign Milton has also worked for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute as a Cadet/Ordinary Seaman on the Research Vessel Knorr. Ensign Milton graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and a US Coast Guard Unlimited Tonnage License. While at the Academy he was a member of the Tugs and Towing Program and the Varsity Cross Country team. Ensign Milton’s interest in the sea began at a young age while participating in Sea Scouts, where he ultimately achieved the rank of Nation Boatswain.
Ensign Milton’s other hobbies include mountain biking, running, fishing and watching Mountaineer Football and Basketball games.

Ensign Carl Noblitt

ENS Carl Noblitt was born in Beverly, Massachusetts. He called Massachusetts home for the first couple of decades. Ensign Noblitt went to high school at Governor Dummer Academy (GDA), in Byfield Massachusetts. While at GDA, he performed salt marsh research and was published in the Biological Bulletin. ENS Noblitt attended Bates College in Lewiston Maine, where he obtained his BS in Geology. At Bates he played Division II Ice Hockey and participated in the SEA Semester study abroad program. During SEA he spent 180 days aboard the Brigantine Corwith Cramer. While at sea, ENS Noblitt was involved in a rescue of 43 Haitian refugees. After his experience with SEA he spent his summers as a deckhand aboard a variety of Tall Ships. In his senior year at Bates he was elected a member of Sigma Xi, a scientific research society that recognized his thesis research on Stable Isotopes as tracers for hard and soft shell clam diets. ENS Noblitt furthered his education with a MS in Marine Biology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Northeastern he performed scientific research at Nahant, Massachusetts, Mo’orea, French Polynesia, and Catalina Island, California where he focused on the impact of ocean acidification on coral larvae. After graduating he took a position with the United States Geologic Survey where he was a Lead Technician and Safety Officer. At the USGS he conducted experiments on a bioreactor designed to break down VOCs in groundwater. Upon finishing his term appointment with the USGS, he took a position as a Geologist for the Maryland Department of Environment performing groundwater analyses. ENS Noblitt enjoys spending time with his family and as a volunteer firefighter. He sees working for NOAA as an honor because NOAA offers him a career where he can combine his passion for ships and Marine Biology. ENS Noblitt looks forward to the challenges NOAA has to offer and the opportunity to share his career with his wife Kaitlyn Marie Noblitt.

Ensign Lindsey L Norman

Ensign Norman joined BOTC 117 from New Orleans, LA, where she recently graduated from Tulane University with a BS in Earth and Environmental Science. During her academic career, Norman continued to cultivate her life-long passion for meteorology and oceanography by conducting paleoclimatological studies. She also worked with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters as a Hollings Scholar in 2009, developing their science section’s website and creating a searchable database for their in-flight data. She looks forward to the life of adventure the Corps has to offer from the ocean floor as a diver to the sky as an aviator. Norman hopes to serve on an oceanic/atmospheric research vessel and join the Corps’ aviation program afterwards, if that is where she is needed.

Ensign Jennifer Wegener

Ensign Jennifer Wegener came to the NOAA Corp from the State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources and Environment; where she was a Senior Environmental Quality Analyst responsible for water quality regulations and emergency response activities. ENS Wegener graduated from Saginaw Valley State University of Mid-Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science; major in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Criminal Justice. She was also pursuing her Master of Business Administration at Northwood University’s, DeVos School of Business management when she left for officer training. She first became interested in joining NOAA Corps while working with a NOAA Corps officer and the U.S. Coast Guard on oil spill response preparedness. Her love of the water and desire to work to improve the environment made the NOAA Corps a good fit.

Ensign Eric Younkin

Ensign Eric Younkin reported to the NOAA Officer Training Center on August 8th, 2010 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Ensign Younkin was employed as an Information Technology representative for Western Carolina University. In addition, he has experience tutoring within the field of engineering at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. Ensign Younkin is hoping to combine his teaching and science background in order to become an exemplary officer. At Western Carolina University, Ensign Younkin received an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technoology. Ensign Younkin specialized in AUV instrumentation, specifically water monitoring and pollutant detecting applications. Within the framework of the University's existing submersible project, he designed an In Situ spectroscopic instrument for the detection of red tide algae. Ensign Younkin has some experience scuba diving, mostly in the Florida Keys area. As a young man, he gained some travel experience serving as a People to People Ambassador.

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