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Dr. Joe Calantoni

Dr. Joe Calantoni is the Technical Director at the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command where he serves as the principal civilian manager and technical advisor to the Commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC) and Task Group 80.7 (CTG 80.7). Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and its 14 subordinate commands have personnel deployed to every ocean and over 60 locations around the world. With a combined force of 2,900 active duty and reserve military personnel, civilians, and contractors comprising CTG 80.7, they define and apply the physical environment, from the bottom of the ocean to the stars.

Dr. Calantoni entered the Senior Executive Service in 2023. He joined the Federal Civilian Service in 2004 as a research physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) where he remained until 2023. From 2009 to 2021, he was Head of the Sediment Dynamics Section where he was responsible for the execution of a broad research portfolio focused on the physical, mechanical, and acoustical properties of seafloor, estuarine, and riverine sediments using a combination of high performance computing, detailed laboratory measurements, and field observations. In 2021, he became Head of the Seafloor Sciences Branch with a mission to provide the understanding, description, modeling, and quantitative prediction of sedimentary boundary layers in terms that relate to Naval systems design, construction, and operations. During his tenure at NRL he was the Deputy Director for the NavalX Gulf Coast Tech Bridge, a member of the NATO Planning and Evaluation Joint Research Project for mine warfare at the Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation, and the recipient of the 2015 Project of the Year award for Munitions Response from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. He has co-authored 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications in addition to over 30 technical reports and proceedings manuscripts.

Prior to joining the Federal Civilian Service, Dr. Calantoni was a postdoctoral investigator in the National Research Council Research Associateship Program studying bedload transport processes in the surf zone of sandy beaches from 2002 to 2004.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Calantoni received the Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the Pennsylvania State University and the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Physics from North Carolina State University.

Last Updated: 12 July 2023


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