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Chuck McGuire

Senior Principal Engineer






Chuck McGuire leads the Systems Engineering effort for the OOI RSN project. This includes requirements analysis, interface coordination with the Cyberinfrastructure and Coastal/Global Implementing Organizations, project planning, document management, and project toolset integration.

Chuck came to APL in September 2010 after a 25-year career with the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Officer having served aboard both Fast attack and Trident submarines. Some of his most notable achievements during his naval career were the following: He was qualified as a nuclear engineer, served as the Chief Engineer of the U.S.S. NEBRASKA, commanded the U.S. Navy's ROV unit, where he was instrumental in the rescue of the Russian mini-sub AS-28 in August 2005, and was assigned as the Operations Officer for Submarine Group Trident, directing 14 Trident submarines.

While at Submarine Group Trident he was a member of the Navy's Ocean Observing System Security Working Group where he worked with NEPTUNE Canada in addressing the U.S. Navy's security concerns.

Department Affiliation

Electronic & Photonic Systems


B.S. Systems Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, 1991

M.B.A. Business Administration, San Diego State University, 2005


2000-present and while at APL-UW

Designing an offshore geophysical network in the Pacific Northwest for earthquake and tsunami early warning and hazard research

Wilcock, W.S.D., D.A. Schmidt, J.E. Vidale, M.J. Harrington, P. Bodin, G.S. Cram, J.R. Delaney, F.I. Gonzalez, D.S. Kelley, R.J. Leveque, D.A. Manalang, C. McGuire, E.C. Roland, M.W. Stoermer, J.W. Tilley, and C. Vogl, "Designing an offshore geophysical network in the Pacific Northwest for earthquake and tsunami early warning and hazard research," Proc., MTS/IEEE OCEANS Conference, 19-23 September, Monterey, CA, doi:10.1109/OCEANS.2016.7761291 (IEEE, 2016).

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1 Dec 2016

Every few hundred years, the Cascadia subduction zone off the coast of the Pacific Northwest hosts devastating earthquakes, and there is a growing awareness of the need to be prepared for these events. An offshore cabled observatory extending the length of the Cascadia subduction zone would enhance the performance of the earthquake and tsunami early warning systems, would enable real time monitoring and predictions of the incoming tsunami, and would contribute substantially to scientific research aimed at mitigating the hazard. The University of Washington has recently initiated a study to develop a conceptual design for the U.S. portion of an offshore observatory for earthquake and tsunami early warning and research. This paper presents the motivation for this work and plans for the study.

Acoustics Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing Center for Environmental & Information Systems Center for Industrial & Medical Ultrasound Electronic & Photonic Systems Ocean Engineering Ocean Physics Polar Science Center