IUPUI Researcher and Chair Chosen as Cal Maritime's First Letters and Sciences Dean
(Vallejo, California – May 9, 2018) – Dr. Kevin Mandernack, professor and chair of the department of Earth Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) has been appointed the first dean of Cal Maritime's School of Letters and Sciences.
Mandernack is involved in research in the field of subsurface microbiology and biogeochemistry. He earned his bachelor's degree in Zoology and Geology from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
"Having been an ocean-going fisheries biologist, trained as an oceanographer with several ocean research cruises, and serving as a program director for the National Science Foundation's Ocean Drilling Program, I have developed a very deep appreciation for all individuals in the maritime industries," said Mandernack. "I love the sea and working on the ships that sail them. Without the collective support of all people employed in the maritime industries, I could not have had the rich opportunities I've enjoyed throughout my career. I am very proud to now serve the future generations of outstanding Cal Maritime students who are pursuing their own careers in the maritime industries. For me, it is a very gratifying way to pay it forward."
"Dr. Mandernack will be a valuable addition to our academic leadership team," said Cal Maritime Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Susan Opp. "His background and research interests demonstrate a significant alignment with Cal Maritime's strategic vision and goals."
At IUPUI Mandernack has been active in improving diversity in earth science undergraduate programs and building formal partnerships with international universities. His research has included several large field-based projects in marine and terrestrial systems, including those on ocean research and drilling vessels. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USGS, and others.