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Ms. Zdenka Saba Willis

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U.S. IOOS Program

Employment History

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  • Bachelor's Degree , Marine Science
    University of South Carolina
  • Master's Degree , National Strategy
    Industrial College of the Armed Forces
  • Master's degree , Meteorology and Oceanography
    Naval Postgraduate
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The Maritime Alliance – Speaker Bios, 20 Aug 2015 [cached]
Zdenka S. Willis Director, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Program
Zdenka Saba Willis, a member of Senior Executive Service, is the Director of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Program. U.S. IOOS enables decisions every day and fosters advances in science and technology. Prior to being the Director of U.S. IOOS Program, Ms. Willis served as Director of NOAA's National Oceanographic Data Center. Ms. Willis is a retired Navy Captain with career service as a Meteorology and Oceanography officer in the United States Navy. She has promoted interagency cooperation as the Naval Deputy to NOAA; worldwide sea ice analysis and forecasting as Director of the National Ice Center; and as the satellite and operations officer Naval Polar Oceanography Center. Her meteorological background include weather forecasting for Naval aircraft as the Officer in Charge of the Naval Oceanography Command Detachment, Oceana Virginia and for Navy vessels as the Naval Eastern Oceanography Center, Norfolk Virginia. Ms. Willis has a background in the collection of oceanographic data onboard the USNS Harkness and USNS Maury survey vessels and in the electronic navigational charting as Deputy Navigator of the Navy. Her other relevant Naval positions are the director of the Strategic Policy Forum (a Congressional and Executive Branch crisis simulation for Members of Congress, senior Executive branch officials, and military leaders) and adjunct professor in the Strategic Leadership Department at the Industrial College for the Armed Forces.
Ms Willis received her Bachelor's Degree in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. She received a Master's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate, and a Master's Degree in National Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Codar Ocean Sensors - News & Upcoming Events, 1 May 2014 [cached]
"This is an excellent example of taking the environmental data that U.S.IOOS® collects, and putting that information into the hands of people who need it," said Zdenka Willis, director of the NOAA-led U.S. IOOS® Program.
Zdenka Willis, director of ..., 20 Mar 2012 [cached]
Zdenka Willis, director of NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System, chairs the ocean observation and forecasting session.
AUVAC: Resources: Community News: Glider Completes Historic Ocean Crossing: New Technology Advances Climate Understanding, 7 Dec 2009 [cached]
"This data will help us understand what is happening in the ocean, including where and how quickly changes are occurring," said Zdenka Willis, director of NOAA's IOOS program.
About, 27 May 2015 [cached]
Zdenka Willis - Director, Integrated Ocean Observing System, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
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