Bill Lingsch’s 37-year career in the ocean sciences has included 31 years with Naval Oceanography and six years in the private sector supporting Navy Oceanography in R&D and operations.
Lingsch is Past Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) (2016-2017) and has been a GCOOS member for five years. He is the U.S. Glider User Group Coordinator, a joint position of GCOOS and the U.S. IOOS Program Office, and recently retired as the Director of Ocean Science and Technology for Perspecta (formerly Vencore, Inc.) at Stennis Space Center, MS.
While at Perspecta, his responsibilities included serving as Program Manager for approximately $9-10M/Yr in contracts and 50 personnel who provide subject-matter expertise in the ocean sciences, software engineering, software development, database development, process improvement, web applications and documentation. Customers included the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC) and subordinate commands, Naval Research Labs, (NRL) and NASA. Lingsch has served in this position since February 2013.
Before joining Vencore, Lingsch worked for Liquid Robotics as Director of Business Development for Information Dominance for a year, pursuing and developing business opportunities for the wave glider, a revolutionary persistent, long-dwell unmanned surface vessel using wave energy for propulsion and solar power for payloads.
During his government career Lingsch served as:
- Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) N2 Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC) Admiral coordinating and managing programs for meteorology and oceanography (METOC) related with the intelligence community;
- Director, Littoral and Riverine Department managing and providing leadership to approximately 100 government employees, contractors and military providing environmental intelligence of the riverine and littoral battle space to Expeditionary and Special Operation Forces in support of worldwide combat and Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Recovery operations;
- Mine Warfare (MIW) Program Manager providing oversight for METOC program sponsored by the Chief of Naval Operations, Expeditionary Warfare, N75;
- Supervisor, Digital Bathymetric Database Branch responsible for developing the high resolution Digital Bathymetric Databases (DBDB) in support of submarine navigation and underwater surveillance systems;
- Oceanographer/Physical, participating in more than 24 deep-ocean and hydrographic surveys worldwide in support of ballistic submarine and safety of navigation requirements and building products in support of fleet operations.
Awards and Education:
Bill Lingsch was the recipient of Superior Civil Service Award and Meritorious Civil Service Medal. He holds a B.Ss in Marine Science/Physical Oceanography from Stockton State College; Pomona, N.J. that included overseas studies in coastal geomorphology at University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia. He completed all graduate work course requirements for his M.S. at University of Southern Mississippi in Geospatial Science and Technology.
His GCOOS board term expires in Fall 2024.