Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

November 7, 2018

Hello Coast Survey,

I am very pleased to announce that the first class of NOAA’s certification program in nautical cartography received their completion certificates. The students took six courses over 51 weeks and completed work details within the Office of Coast Survey. All of this on top of their full-time jobs. I couldn’t be more proud of this group, congratulations to you all:

    Martha Bakry, Cartographer, Marine Chart Division (MCD)
    Megan Bartlett, Cartographer, MCD
    Noel Dyer, Cartographer, MCD
    Christie Ence, Cartographer, MCD
    Lt. Cmdr. Matt Forney, Commissioned Officer, Coast Survey Staff
    Andres Garrido, Cartographer, MCD
    Colby Harmon, Cartographer and Project Manager, MCD
    Pravin Shrestha, Cartographer, MCD
    Leland Snyder, Geographer, Coast Survey Development Lab
    LaTonya Wilson, Cartographer, MCD
    Craig Winn, Chief of Product Branch G, MCD

This program is recognized and approved by the International Board on Standards and Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers as meeting the requirements prescribed for a Category-B course in cartography.

A special thank you to Dr. Shachek Pe’eri, MCD Chart Standards Group chief, for creating this program for us. In recognition of his effort, Dr. Pe’eri was recently awarded the NOAA Administrator’s Award for establishing an internationally approved training program to certify NOAA nautical cartographers, making NOAA an expert in the global cartographic community. This program has been so well received that now scientists from other NOS and international hydrographic offices are asking to be included in the future.

Again, thank you for your dedication and hard work.

Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Director, Office of Coast Survey