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October 3, 2004

Contact: Ben Sherman, NOAA
(301) 713-3066 ext. 178


John H. (Jack) Dunnigan, assistant administrator of NOAA's Ocean Service has named William Corso, from Pass Christian, Mississippi, as the new deputy assistant administrator for NOS.  Corso officially joins the ocean service on November 20th, succeeding Craig McLean who accepted a similar position in NOAA Research.

"I'm delighted to announce that Corso will be joining the ocean service team," said Dunnigan.  "He brings an exceptional wealth of management and information technology experience from his career within government, industry, academia and non-profit settings.  His skills at building partnerships and program administration are hallmarks of his leadership."

Corso has spent the past seven years working for Lockheed Martin.  Currently, he directs the Diversified Projects group at Stennis Space Center, Bay St. Louis, MS. He is responsible for cost, schedule, and technical performance of programs supporting government agencies at the Center, including software development in support of naval oceanographic operations worldwide and contributions to the conceptual design of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).  Corso also has been Director of their Remote Sensing program, which provided scientific, engineering, information technology, and outreach support to NASA's Earth Science Applications and Commercial Remote Sensing programs.  Prior to coming to Stennis, Corso was senior geophysicist and managed a group that supported the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Response Team, which among its myriad of roles, responds to oil spills and other hazardous material events.

Corso's government experience was as an oceanographer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, New York District.  His primary responsibility was evaluating 19 aquatic containment options for the safe and effective disposal of approximately six million cubic yards per year of contaminated dredge material from the Port of New York and New Jersey.  Additional responsibilities included an environmental assessment of the Hudson River and Estuary from Albany south to New York City and environmental assessments of beach replenishment projects along the New Jersey and New York shorelines.   A Federal agency and academic partnership that Corso helped to establish while at the Corps resulted in the first comprehensive benthic, geophysical, and geological map of New York Harbor and New York Bight.

Corso's marine education experiences include directing education and research at the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium/New Jersey Sea Grant College where he oversaw K-12 field programs, K-12 teacher training programs, and 64 higher education courses offered through the Consortium’s 29 member universities and colleges.  Corso also was an assistant professor of marine science at Stockton State College (NJ) and served as a senior scientist for the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA.  At Stockton, he focused on coastal phenomena in and around the Great Bay/Mullica National Estuarine Research Reserve.  While at SEA, he led seven international, blue-water cruises, including transatlantic and transcaribbean sojourns, that integrated physical, chemical, biological, and geological oceanographic projects.

A native of New York City, Corso holds a doctorate degree in geophysics from the University of Texas, a master's of science in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Miami, and is a 1979 undergraduate of Adelphi University where he majored in earth sciences. He is currently completing a master's in public administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Corso and his wife Adrienne have two boys, Andrew and Jack.

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