A week ago, the Umass Dartmouth School of Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) named Steven Lohrenz the new Dean or the program starting in July 2011.
Lohrenz joins the University after with experience from the University of Southern Mississippi as the chair person of their Department of Marine Sciences. Steven also worked as part of a respond team for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. He has also served on multiple national organizations including the Board of Governors for the Consortium of Oceanographic Research and Education. Lohrenz earned his doctorate in biological oceanography from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth.
One of the major projects on Lohrenz’s plate upon joining the Umass Dartmouth community will be the expansion of SMAST program to a facility in New Bedford. “Our marine and coastal environments are critically important to the economy and well-being of the region and the nation…SMAST has and will continue to play a key role in improving understanding and awareness of marine environments and processes, in facilitating stewardship of marine resources, and in contributing to the continued growth of marine technology industries.” stated Lohrenz.