Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith became Coast Survey director on August 26, 2016. He is the 30th leader of the agency since the first superintendent, Ferdinand R. Hassler, was appointed in 1816. As director, Smith is dedicated to advancing the Coast Survey initiatives of modernizing digital charting, increasing use of autonomous systems for hydrography, and improved integrated navigation services for seaports. Smith holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1993 from Cornell University and earned a master of science degree in ocean engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2003. He received a direct commission to the rank of ensign in the NOAA Corps in 1993.
Lieutenant Commander Sam Greenaway is currently the Chief of the Hydrographic Systems and Technology Branch at NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. In this position, Sam leads efforts to make ocean mapping better, faster, and cheaper through application of advanced technology, development and application of in-house and commercial software, and technical support to NOAA’s hydrographic survey fleet. He attended Brown University, graduating with a bachelor of science in physics in 1998. He earned a master of science in ocean engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2010. He was commissioned in the NOAA Corps as an ensign in 2004.