Title: Physical Scientist, Retired Lieutenant Commander
Company: Naval Oceanographic Office, U.S. Navy
Location: Carriere, Mississippi, United States
Deborah J. Callender, Physical Scientist and Retired Lieutenant Commander of the Naval Oceanographic Office of the U.S. Navy, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Oceanography.
Ms. Callender has reached her position as a scientist of the U.S. Navy by being tenacious and not giving up, as well as always looking to improve. She was most inspired by planet Earth, which has afforded her the opportunity to plumb the ocean depths and collect vital data, even now an inspiring highlight of her career. Ms. Callender has been featured in the Marquis Magazine and Who’s Who of American Women, and is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. She was recognized as a Top Female by Worldwide Branding.
An alumnus of the University of Utah, Ms. Callender earned a BA in English in 1985, followed by an MA in management from the University of Redlands in 1988. While studying for the degree, she served as a Naval Intelligence Officer for the U.S. Navy. She received an AA in computer systems analysis from the University of Maryland and the University College Europe in 1991, and completed an MS in science technology from the University of Southern Mississippi, specializing in 3D visualization and animation. After working in spatial information management and geographic information systems, Ms. Callender was named a scientist with the Naval Oceanographic Office and the John C. Stennis Space Center in 2008.
Looking to the future, Ms. Callender’s goal is to develop a multi-million dollar specialized contract for her division. She would also like to return to school to pursue an education in marine biology. Since 2008, Ms. Callender has been a regional competition moderator for the National Ocean Science Bowl. She was a judge for the National SeaPerch Challenge in 2014, and is a member of the American Association of Geographers, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society. Ms. Callendar has been a dance instructor assistant at the Maureen Bersuder Academy of Dance Arts since 2007, and in her free time she enjoys movies, especially old ones, as well as reading, puzzles, and riding with her husband on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
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