The Marine Board identifies research needs and provides a forum for exchange of information relating to new technologies, laws and regulations, economics, the environment, and other issues affecting the marine transportation system, port operations, coastal engineering, and marine governance.
Formed in 1965, the Marine Board is an internationally recognized source of expertise on maritime transportation and marine engineering and technology. In response to requests from sponsoring agencies or on its own initiative, the Marine Board serves the national interest by providing evaluations and advice concerning the ability of the nation's marine and maritime industries to operate safely and efficiently and in an environmentally responsible manner.
As part of TRB, the Marine Board both enhances and is supported by TRB's standing committees, particularly those involved with ports and channels, inland water transport, planning, and the environment. The Marine Board coordinates and works closely with other boards of the National Academies in areas of mutual interest.
Inquiries regarding the Marine Board and TRB marine transportation activities should be directed to Marine Board Staff Director Scott Brotemarkle,.
NEWS AND RECENT ACTIVITIES
Meeting: Marine Board 2015 Fall Meeting
November 12-13, 2015
At its 2015 Fall Meeting at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C., the Marine Board, chaired by Vice Admiral James Card (USCG, Ret.), held focus sessions on the topics of Responding to Emergencies in the Arctic and Human and Intellectual Capital in Marine Transportation. Presentations are now available.
The Board also welcomed two (2) new members:
Arctic Research, Risk Assessment and Shipping
Martha Grabowski is the Distinguished McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, and Professor and Director of the Information Systems program in the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. She is also a Research Professor in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. A member of the American
Bureau of Shipping, she is a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academies/National Research Council, and most recently chaired the National Academies’ policy study assessing the U.S.’ Arctic Oil Spill Response capabilities for 8 sponsoring agencies.
Dr. Grabowski’s research focuses on the impact of technology on individuals, groups
and organizations in complex, safety-critical systems; risk analysis and risk mitigation in largescale
systems; and the role of human and organizational error in high consequence settings.
Dr. Grabowski is a licensed former merchant officer and retired LCDR in the US Naval Reserve. She received a B.S. in Marine Transportation/Nautical Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and an M.B.A., an M.S., Industrial Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Management/Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
RADM Samuel P. De Bow, Jr., was the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps and NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. RADM De Bow was Chief of the Hydrographic Services Division, where his primary responsibility was to provide overall guidance and leadership for NOAA’s national hydrographic survey program. RADM De Bow’s active duty career focused on NOAA’s mission to ensure safe navigation. He served aboard three NOAA hydrographic survey and mapping ships that acquired data to update the nation’s nautical charts. During his career, RADM De Bow conducted hydrographic surveys throughout the coastal waters of the United States and in Norway as an exchange hydrographer.
RADM De Bow retired from active duty in 2007 after close to 30 years of service and in 2008 became the Director of the Center of Excellence for Research on Offshore Renewable Energy at the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography. There he was the Co-Principal Investigator for a comprehensive state funded $10 M Marine Spatial Planning effort to site offshore renewable energy in Rhode Island waters (Ocean SAMP) while also managing the National Science Foundation owned oceanographic Research Vessel Endeavor until August 2011.
RADM De Bow was a member of a group awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal (the Department's highest award), and received two individual Department of Commerce Silver Medals, a Bronze Medal (NOAA's highest award) and the NOAA Administrators Award for his achievements. He has also received a U.S. Coast Guard and three NOAA Corps Commendation Medals in addition to numerous other medals and ribbons.
RADM De Bow holds a B.S. degree in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University and a M.S. in
Hydrographic Sciences from the Naval Postgraduate School. He was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and attended the Leadership for a Democratic Society curriculum at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA.