an AMS Member,
is Vice President for Science Programs for the
Computer Sciences Corporation's
Applied Technology Group
in Fort Worth, Texas.
He is also President of
Antarctic Research Support.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dr. Lautenbacher retired from the Navy as a
Vice Admiral, and is a former Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
and NOAA Administrator in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
He has significant experience in managing one of the world's largest research and
science support infrastructures, NOAA, as well as numerous tours of duty engaged
in leading and managing large scale military support and combat operations.
Dr. Lautenbacher is currently engaged in expanding CSC expertise to support
national research and presence in the polar areas of the globe.
These regions are of increasing significance both for scientific research in such fields
as climate change, ocean circulation and atmospheric modeling as well as being of
great value for numerous national security priorities such as energy, transportation,
and peaceful presence. He has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University
in applied mathematics.
As Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for seven years, he directed an
extensive review and reorganization of the NOAA corporate structure to meet the
environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Dr. Lautenbacher spearheaded the development of the international organization
known as the Group on Earth Observation, a ministerial level body, with now
more than 75 nations and 51 international and intergovernmental organizations
GEO is dedicated to work toward a common goal of building a sustained Global
Earth Observation System of Systems that would collect and disseminate data,
information, and knowledge to stakeholders and decision makers for the benefit of
all nations individually and the world community collectively.
For example, understanding and developing policies regarding climate change
absolutely depend on building a successful global climate observation system.
He was president and CEO of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and
Education, now known as the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
This not-for-profit organization has a membership of 76 institutions of higher
learning and a mission to increase basic knowledge and public support across
the spectrum of ocean sciences. Before joining CORE, Dr. Lautenbacher formed his
own management consultant business, CEREBRUM, Inc. and worked principally
for defense industries.
Dr. Lautenbacher is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1964, and has
won accolades for his performance in a broad range of operational, command and
staff positions both ashore and afloat.
Command experience includes tours as Commanding Officer of USS HEWITT (DD-966),
and as Commander Naval Station Norfolk, the Navy's largest naval station.
While in command of Cruiser-Destroyer Group Five, he deployed to Saudi Arabia
with additional duties as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Riyadh,
during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Functioning as the deputy Naval Component Commander, he was in charge of daily
operational planning for Navy participation in the air war and was the navy
representative to the Commander in Chief, Central Command.
A leader in the introduction of cutting-edge information technology, he pioneered the
use of information technology to mount large-scale operations using sea-based
command and control while Commander US Third Fleet.
As assistant for strategy with the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel,
and program planning branch head in the Navy Program Planning Directorate,
he continued to hone his analytic skills resulting in designation as a specialist
both in Operations Analysis and Financial Management.
During his final tour of duty, he served as deputy chief of Naval Operations
(Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments) in charge of Navy programs
A recognized expert in operations research, financial management, and fluid dynamics,
Dr. Lautenbacher served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution and
has been a sought-after guest lecturer in a variety of academic settings.