Dean’s Advisory Council

The College of Earth, Ocean and Environment (CEOE) Dean’s Advisory Council provides advice regarding the achievement of the college’s strategic objectives and helps garner resources needed to meet college goals. We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals for their service to the Advisory Council.

CEOE Dean’s Advisory Council members photograph taken in Lewes, Del., Spring 2018.

Lee Anderson

Lee Anderson
'70 Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, UD CEOE

Karen Carlson

Karen Carlson
’74 B.S.A.S. Geology, B.A. Physics


Principal, KC Geoscience Consulting

Luis Cifuentes

Luis Cifuentes
86 Ph.D.

Vice President for Research,
Commercialization and Outreach
, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Tracy C. Hancock
’90 B.S. Geology

missing headshot

Jeffrey Jacobs

CEO, Ensyn Corporation

Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones
’94 M.S., ’03 Ph.D.

Program Director, National Science Foundation

Paul P. Krishna
'86 B.S. Geology

Sustainability Manager, ExxonMobil

Gerhard F. Kuska
'88 BA, '05 PhD

Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS)

David Lawson

Director of Open Innovation (retired), Procter & Gamble

Ralph Leon

Ralph Leon, Chairman
’85 M.S.


Exxon Corporation

missing headshot

Gary Schmelz
’64 Ph.D.

Research, Environmental Education (retired)

John H. Talley

John H. Talley, Vice-Chairman
’69 B.A.A.S. Geology

State Geologist (retired), Delaware Geological Survey

Evan Ward

Evan Ward
’89 Ph.D.

Professor, University of Connecticut

Evan Ward

Steve Weisberg
’81 Ph.D.

Executive Director, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority

Ming Xu

Ming Xu
’93 M.S.

Marine Transportation Specialist, Geodis Wilson


Thank you

to those who have formerly served on the Dean's Advisory Council

The CEOE Dean’s Advisory Council was founded in 2010 by the following:

  • Brian F. Atwater, a 2010 inductee to the UD Alumni Wall of Fame who earned his doctorate in geology in 1980 and is a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington;
  • David Einolf, a 1984 graduate with a master’s in marine studies and founder of Endeavor EHS LLC;
  • Evelyn Maurmeyer, who earned her master’s and doctorate in geology in 1974 and 1978, respectively, and is president of Coastal and Estuarine Research Inc.;
  • Patricia Robertson, a 1972 graduate with a master’s in biology and retired teacher; and
  • Nick Vrolijk, who received marine studies master’s and doctoral degrees in 1988 and 1992, respectively, and is vice president of manufacturing at Celgene Corp.

We are grateful to the individuals below who have previously served on the Dean's Advisory Council.

  • Brian Atwater, ’80 Ph.D. and U.S.G.S. at Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington
  • James Demarest, '75 M.S., '81 Ph.D. and Director of International Exploration, Noble Energy
  • Costel D. Denson, retired, Vice Provost for Research, University of Delaware
  • David Einolf, '84 M.S. in marine studies and founder of Endeavor EHS LLC
  • Gerhard Kuska, '88 B.S., '05 Ph.D. and director of MARACOOS
  • ​Kirk Malloy, '90 M.S., '93 Ph.D. and Vice President Customer Solutions, Illumina, Inc.
  • Peter Mandelstam, founder and president of Bluewater Wind LLC
  • Evelyn Maurmeyer, ’74 M.S., ’78 Ph.D. President Coastal & Estuarine Research Co.
  • Patricia Robertson, ’72 M.S. and Co-founder of NanoDrop Technologies
  • Robert Specter, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, The Catholic University of America
  • Nick Vrolijk ’88 M.S., ’92 Ph.D., and Vice President of Commercial Manufacturing Celldex Therapeutics