Dr. Eric Hartwig Receives Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award

11/19/2001 - 35-01r
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Dr. Eric O. Hartwig, Acting Director of Research at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), is the recipient of the 2001 Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive. Dr. Hartwig is recognized for his "distinguished leadership in the geophysical sciences that has had a profound impact on these programs at the international and national levels."

Winners of the prestigious Meritorious Executive award are presented to individuals who display strong leadership, results, and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service. Candidates are nominated by their agency heads, evaluated by boards of private citizens, and approved by the President. The Meritorious Executive award is given for long-term accomplishments. Only 5 percent of career SES members may receive the award.

Dr. Hartwig was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1946. He attended Irvin High School in El Paso, Texas and then obtained his B.S. degree in biological sciences from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1968 and his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1974. After completing his graduate studies, Dr. Hartwig accepted a position as a researcher at the Scottish Marine Biological Association (SMBA) in Oban, Scotland, where he established a sea-going experimental marine microbiological effort.

In 1975, Dr. Hartwig returned to the U.S., accepting a position at the Chesapeake Bay Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He conducted shallow water research concentrated on the Chesapeake Bay and its outflow region, in active collaboration with many institutions and scientists. This effort sought to understand the biological dynamics associated with the Bay's flow regimes, and the underlying water column and benthic biological processes resulting in the onset of the seasonal summer anoxia of the Bay.

In 1978, Dr. Hartwig accepted a position at Marine Ecological Consultants (MEC), where his research centered on understanding the "before operations" environment at a nuclear generating station. In 1980, Dr. Hartwig accepted a position at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) at the University of California at Berkeley, to head-up the biological component of a research team studying the concept of a proposed Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant. His work involved extensive interactions with engineers on the operating characteristics of the plant and physicaloceanographers modeling flow regimes around the plant and to be generated by the plant.

In 1982, Dr. Hartwig joined the Office of Naval Research (ONR), as a scientific officer in the Oceanic Chemistry/Biology Program. When the program was split into an Oceanic Chemistry and Oceanic Biology Program, Dr. Hartwig became Program Manager of the Oceanic Biology Program. In this capacity, Dr. Hartwig developed several major interdisciplinary research initiatives for the Navy.

In 1987, Dr. Hartwig was selected as Director of Ocean Sciences at ONR. He enhanced both university interactions with Ocean Sciences and the stature of ONR Ocean Science scientific officers and program managers in the Federal Government. Dr. Hartwig, working with the Oceanographer of the Navy, developed and implemented the Navy's academic research vessel rebuild program, which resulted in more capable oceanographic vessels for the next millennium.

As a part of the Navy laboratory consolidation in 1992, Dr. Hartwig was specifically recruited to move from ONR to NRL and assume the position of Associate Director of Research for Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology. In this capacity, he led the effort of integrating the Navy's geophysical science research, as the Naval Oceanographic and Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NOARL) was merged into NRL. On October 15, 2001, Dr. Hartwig assumed his present duties as Acting Director of Research of NRL.

In addition to this recent award, Dr. Hartwig's was the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service (SES), in 1996. He has served on the AGU Fellows nomination committee, the Cody award selection committee, and was Chairman of the Oceanography Society Meetings Committee. Dr. Hartwig is on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Board of Directors, is the U.S. Representative to the NATO SACLANTCEN laboratory for undersea research, and is President-Elect of the Oceanography Society and will become President in 2002.

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