Thomas Wissing has been an Oceanographer with the Special Projects Cell, Naval Oceanographic Office, for roughly 13½ years. He is responsible for day-to-day project guidance and oversight for specialized products. Prior to that, he spent six years in the Warfighting Support Center, working on everything from vessel- to mooring- to satellite-based datasets that supported anti-submarine and surface assets, as well as mine warfare.
While public service is his primary role, Wissing has also spent his career advocating for and supporting marine and coastal education and tech advancements. He helped organize and support various facets of the Oceans In Action Workshop from 2010-2019 and he is Past Chair, Vice-Chair, and Treasurer of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) Gulf Coast section.
Recently, he was the MTS-Chair organizer for the MTS/IEEE/OES OCEANS 2020 Gulf Coast/Singapore Conference, the first virtual OCEANS conference in its 50 year history. He is also supporting OCEANS 2023 Biloxi as a technical program champion.
Wissing completed his B.S. in Marine Science at the University of South Carolina, a Geography M.S. at the University of Southern Mississippi, and is a current DoD SMART Retention doctoral student, expecting to complete his Ph.D. in 2023.