Local Organizing Committee

Laura Rogers


Laura Rogers is at NASA Langley serving as Assistant Head of the Lidar Science Branch and Associate Program Manager for NASA’s Earth Applied Sciences Ecological Forecasting program area. Laura is an advocate for Earth observations in coastal regions pushing for dynamic mission architectures and interdisciplinary research. Laura additionally serves as an Associate Program Manager in NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office, leading the development and strategic definition of emerging technologies for the advancement of Earth Science. Prior to joining NASA, Laura served as an aviation officer in the U.S. Army commanding an aviation maintenance company, flying more than 1,000 hours in combat as an air mission commander and UH60A/L Blackhawk maintenance test pilot.

Laura came to NASA as a Presidential Management fellow and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Master of Science in Geological Sciences, Coastal Dynamics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Dan Sternlicht


Dr. Daniel Sternlicht is a specialist in maritime reconnaissance and surveillance, whose career has focused on the development of advanced sensors, signal and information processing, and concepts of autonomous operation. An IEEE member since 1988, Dr. Sternlicht chaired the San Diego Chapter of IEEE OES (2001-2003), served on the OCEANS 2003 Technical Program Committee, served on the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Administrative Committee (2004-2007), and was the guest editor for the 2009 IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering Special Issue on Synthetic Aperture Sonar. He received the B.A. degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hawaii, Manoa; and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and applied ocean science from the University of California, San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Sternlicht currently serves as the Distinguished Scientist for Littoral Sensing Technologies at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division (NSWC PCD).

Ray Toll


Ray Toll is a retired Navy CAPTAIN who has worked in the fields of Meteorology and Oceanography for his entire career. He chaired OCEANS 2012 in Hampton Roads, helping to usher in a concerted whole of government regional effort to address coastal resiliency that continues today. He was President of the Marine Technology Society from 2014-2016, and served on the MTS board from 2013-2018. He is the former Director of Coastal Resilience Research at Old Dominion University. He holds a Masters of Science in Meteorology and Oceanography.