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David Louis Cutchin, Ph.D. 

Board Member

Dr. Dave Cutchin's primary interests are in climate of the upper ocean, instrumentation, and scientific administration. 


Significant Contributions and Achievements:
From 1962-1963, he worked at General Dynamics Astronautics as an optical physicist. From 1965-1966, at Stanford Research Institute as an operations analyst. During 1966, as a consultant at Litton Industries. From 1971-1973 at the U. of Wisconsin, Center for Great Lakes Studies for his post-doc. From 1973-1975 as an assistant prof. of engineering at the U. of Wisconsin. From 1975-1977 at the NSF-IDOE as the assoc. program manager. From 1977-1991 at  UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography, as academic administrator in charge of North Pacific Experiment and Volunteer Observing Ship Program.  He formally retired in 1993 but RTAD (return to active duty part time) to continue with VOS program till 2014. From 1991-1993, Dr. Cutchin worked at the SIO/NSF Center for Clouds, Chemistry & Climate as asst. director.


Dr. Cutchin earned a BS in Physics from Marquette University in 1962, an MS in Physics from University of New Mexico in 1965, and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Oregon State University in 1971. 

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