360180 Commander Heather Quilenderino

Thursday, 28 March 2019: 4:00 PM
Auditorium (AAAS Building)
Heather Quilenderino, U.S. National Ice Center / Naval Ice Center, Washington, DC

Commander Heather Quilenderino, a native of Richmond, Virginia, graduated from the University of South Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science in 2002.

After receiving a commission from the USC NROTC, CDR Quilenderino attended Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island. CDR Quilenderino served as Electrical Officer and Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer on USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), earning her Surface Warfare Officer designation. After laterally transferring to the Meteorology and Oceanography community, CDR Quilenderino became a plank owner of the Naval Oceanography ASW Center, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, establishing the Anti-Submarine Warfare Reachback Cell.

In 2009, CDR Quilenderino graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography, earning a Master of Science in Oceanographic Engineering. While completing her master’s program, CDR Quilenderino was selected for the Ph.D. program at Naval Postgraduate School. In 2012, CDR Quilenderino earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Meteorology.

Following graduation, CDR Quilenderino served as Staff Oceanographer and Executive Assistant for Naval Special Warfare Group TEN. As Staff Oceanographer for Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, she deployed with the DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Carrier Strike Group in support of Operations INHERENT RESOLVE and ODESSEY RESOLVE. In 2016, she was awarded the Oceanographer of the Navy Commander Mary Sears Award. Before taking command, she served as Operations Officer at Fleet Weather Center, Norfolk.

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