Below is a quick summary of my professional background.  My full CV is available  here (PDF).

B.S. Virginia Tech 1996:  Ocean Engineering

Ph.D. University of Miami, 1996:  Meteorology and Physical Oceanography

Short Course in Underwater Acoustics and Signal Processing, Penn State University, 2006

Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation, and Technology, MIT/Sloan, 2015

Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation, MIT/Sloan, 2015

U.S. DOE Global Change Fellow, 1992-1995

Postdoctoral Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1996-1998

Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1998-2002

Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2002-2006

Tenured Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2006-2014

Chief Technology Officer, Horizon Marine, Inc., 2013-2015

Chief Scientist, Nortek, 2015-2016

President, 43Squid LLC, 2015-present

Principal Scientist, Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc., 2016-present

Chief Science Officer, Seatrec, Inc., 2016-present

Participant in 40 major oceanographic research cruises over 25 years, 15 as Chief Scientist

Author or co-author of 39 refereed journal articles, 71 conference presentations, 14 tech reports

Associate Editor,  AMS Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology (2006-2010)

Editor,  AMS Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology (2010-2015)

About me


I was trained as an engineer and an oceanographer.  Most of my career has involved applying novel observational techniques to study the physics and biology of the ocean.   I'm also a sailor, a diver, a pilot, and the father of two teenagers.





It only feels like I work all the time.  If there were no mortgage to pay or college tuition to worry about, you'd probably find me on a small boat or in a small airplane.  You might possibly find me fishing, or diving, or (when not injured or lazy) running.  Which is good, because I enjoy cooking almost as much as I enjoy eating.  And I really enjoy eating.

David Fratantoni on R/V Tioga with gliders
Glass Balls
R/V Endeavor
David Fratantoni holding a large fish
The Cessna 172 that David Fratantoni flies
David Fratantoni flying an airplane
Ecomapper / IVER-2 AUVs
David Fratantoni with a Wave Glider
a Slocum glider
David Fratantoni onboard R/V Knorr



Dave Fratantoni

Oceanographer  |  Engineer  |  Innovator