Dr. Hartwig Honored with SES Presidential Rank Award

4/28/1997 - 33-97r
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Dr. Eric O. Hartwig, associate director of the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology (OAST) Directorate, is the recipient of the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service (SES). This award recognizes the prolonged high-quality accomplishments of career members of the SES.

A letter of citation from John H. Dalton, Secretary of the Navy, to Dr. Hartwig reads, "A Presidential Rank Award is among the highest honors a public employee may receive. It is a recognition of your sustained, outstanding achievements which have brought great credit, not only upon yourself, but the entire Department of the Navy. Your accomplishments have contributed in large measure to our ability to provide for the national security in the most efficient and effective manner."

The award nomination notes that as head of the largest U.S. research organization dedicated to understanding the maritime environment, Dr. Hartwig is instrumental in ensuring that research programs conducted by NRL and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) are meeting the needs of the Navy, DoD and the Nation. NRL's OAST Directorate is the sole Navy organization chartered to perform research and development in the ocean, atmospheric and space sciences. Uniting three previously separate research activities to create the OAST Directorate in 1992, Dr. Hartwig has developed a fully integrated process to coordinate basic scientific research with technological development to deliver an operational capability to the Fleet.

Since 1986, Dr. Hartwig has been the key person for the Department of the Navy's research programs in ocean sciences, states the nomination. Under his direct supervision as the Director of the Ocean Sciences Directorate at ONR from 1986 to 1992, the Navy's investment in basic research in the ocean sciences increased by over 64% to fund over 800 research projects in universities and industry. Major operational capabilities that have emerged from these programs include the first operational ocean forecast capability, underwater robotics, environmentally safe antifouling compounds for ships and improvements in atmospheric forecasting. These improvements are expected to save the Navy tens of millions of dollars every year in reduced operating and maintenance costs.

The nomination also notes that Dr. Hartwig is responsible for "reinvigorating" the Navy's oceanographic research vessel program, establishing new ONR programs in ocean optics, remote sensing and coastal oceanography, and for initiating NRL research in space-based remote sensing of the environment, marine aerosols and high-frequency acoustics. He also established ship and aircraft support funding at NRL to provide necessary field programs for observational data collection efforts.

A national leader in ocean sciences, the nomination credits Dr. Hartwig with setting the course for national ocean sciences programs. His guidance, efforts, initiative and interactions with
senior academic, industry and other government officials are instrumental in setting the direction of the Nation's research efforts in the ocean sciences. More than any other national leader, Dr. Hartwig has been directly responsible for an agency that ensures the continued strength of the United States ocean science program. These efforts include long-range programs in marine science education, research ship construction and utilization, graduate student support and global ocean monitoring.

Fully supportive of opportunities for professional growth, Dr. Hartwig is personally and continually involved in the professional development of both research and administrative staffs to ensure that the OAST Directorate maintains its scientific leadership and managerial expertise. Dr. Hartwig actively supports programs such as NRL's Edison Advanced Education Program and the NRL Mentor Program, participating as a mentor for an NRL branch head. He has instituted an innovative postdoctoral program to attract and retain the best new environmental scientists at NRL. Dr. Hartwig has also fostered employee participation in activities such as Federally Employed Women.

Dr. Hartwig received his B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Texas, and his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, San Diego, California. During his career, Dr. Hartwig has served as: higher scientific officer of the Scottish Marine Biological Association (1974-75); associate research scientist at Johns Hopkins University (1975-1978); president of Chem-Data (1978-1982); senior scientist for microbiological, physical and chemical programs at Marine Ecological Consultants (1978-1980); and as program manager, OTEC biological oceanographic studies at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1980-1982). Prior to joining NRL in 1992, Dr. Hartwig worked at ONR for ten years. There, he served as program manager for oceanic biology and later as the director of ONR's Ocean Sciences Directorate.

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