Juliana P. Blackwell has been named the new director of NOAA’s Office of National Geodetic Survey where she will oversee NOAA's responsibilities for the nation's spatial reference system. She is the first woman to head the nation's oldest federal science agency which was established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807 as the Survey of the Coast.
“We’re delighted Juliana
will be taking this important leadership post within the National Ocean Service.
She brings a wealth of experience including 16 years with the National Geodetic
Survey,” said John H. Dunnigan, assistant administrator for NOAA’s National
Ocean Service, in announcing the appointment.
Blackwell moves into the
director's chair after serving for the past three years as chief of the National
Geodetic Survey’s Observation and Analysis Division where she supervised a staff
of 60 employees responsible for maintaining the nation's spatial reference
positioning system. Prior to that assignment she successfully managed NOAA's
height modernization program, which has improved the efficiency and accuracy of
height information used in surveying, mapping and modeling nationwide. She also
served as the National Geodetic Service's deputy director since
Blackwell is a 1988
graduate of Tufts
University where she earned
a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. She received a master's in business
administration from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of
Business in 2007.
Blackwell joined NOAA in
1990 as an officer of the NOAA Corps. In her NOAA Corps career she served on the
NOAA ShipFerrelas a junior officer, and as fourth officer on board the
NOAA Ship Whiting where she managed hydrographic survey operations prior
to joining the National Geodetic Survey full time in 1996.
Blackwell succeeds Dave
Zilkoski who completes a 34-year federal career, all of it in service to NOAA
and the geodetic survey. His NOAA service includes the past three years as head
of NOAA's Office of National Geodetic Survey.
Zilkoski is pleased with
Blackwell's selection noting that "Juliana brings both experience and a
commitment to collaborative partnering with non-NOAA resources to enable NOAA to
meet or exceed its goals."
Geodesy, the science of
positioning and determining the size and shape of the planet Earth, has been
used recently as issues of height elevations and subsidence are critical
components of the rebuilding of the Gulf coast following the impacts of
hurricanes in the past few years.
Blackwell and her husband,
John, reside in Lovettsville, Va., with their three
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NOAA Names First Woman to Direct National Geodetic Survey
January 6, 2009