A retired United States Navy lieutenant commander with knowledge in marine environment physical science, project and data management, oceanographic surveying and geospatial analysis, Deborah J. Callender has established herself as a prominent figure in the sciences.
Since March 2008, Ms. Callender has served as a physical scientist for the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Her daily responsibilities include gathering oceanographic data on several U.S. Navy and Marine vessels worldwide. Prior to establishing herself at NAVO, Ms. Callender served as the space center’s associate software engineer of general dynamics information technology. From 2005 to 2006, she was the geographic information systems programs manager for Lincoln County in Montana. Early in her career, she held the role of director of Spatial Information Management Services for Pearl River County in Poplarville, Miss.
Over the years, Ms. Callender has maintained active involvement within her profession. She is a member of the American Association of Geographers, American Meteorological Society, American Geosciences Institute and American Geophysical Union. Additionally, Ms. Callender actively contributes to the welfare of her community as a studio staff member and dance instructor assistant for the Maureen Bersuder Academy of Dance Arts, as well as the regional competition moderator for the National Ocean Science Bowl. She has held these roles since 2007 and 2008, respectively. Additionally, Ms. Callender is a lifetime member of DAV. In 2014, she served as a judge for the National SeaPerch Challenge.
Ms. Callender’s military and education history is just as robust as her career. From 1974 to 1985, she served the U.S. Marine Corps in various roles: administrative clerk, personal financial records clerk and MECEP student. She went on to serve as a naval intelligence officer for the U.S. Navy until 1998. During that time, Ms. Callender earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah. In 1988, she received a Master of Arts in management from the University of Redlands. A few years later, Ms. Callender acquired an Associate of Arts in computer systems analysis from the University of Maryland University College Europe in 1991. Finally, to further fortify her education, she earned a Master of Science in science technology, 3-D visualization and animation from the University of Southern Mississippi. Ms. Callender also holds a certification in Geographic Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.
In recognition of her noteworthy achievements, Ms. Callender received the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award, and was also dubbed an Industry Expert and a Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientist. In the years to come, Ms. Callender’s goal is to develop a multi-million dollar specialized contract for her division. She would also like to return to school to pursue an education in marine biology.
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