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Chuck McGuire

Senior Principal Engineer






Chuck McGuire is a principal investigator (PI) managing several APL-UW research projects. He is the chief systems engineer for the National Science Foundation sponsored Ocean Observing Initiative (OOI) Cabled Array (CA) project, overseeing the engineering effort for the maintenance of the OOI CA. He served as the lead systems engineer on the CA during construction and was responsible for: Requirements analysis, interface coordination with the cyberinfrastructure and coastal/global implementing organizations, project planning, technical review of all systems and subsystems, document management, project toolset Integration and management of all procurements greater than $250,000.

In 2016, McGuire managed the APL-UW team supporting the Navy’s ICEX16 exercise in the Arctic. This involved identifying a location for, constructing, supplying, powering, fueling, feeding and providing air support for a camp built on an ice floe in the Beaufort Sea, 180nm north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to support up to 60 personnel for up to a four-week period. He served as the PI for the PMS-485 sponsored TASW Carina undersea glider program, delivering eight “heavy” Seagliders to PMS-485 which proved themselves highly capable in real-world exercises. McGuire is currently the systems engineer for the DARPA sponsored Dragnet urban drone detection program. Working with a diverse team, he and others designed the hardware package and aerial employment system that is now currently in Phase II. He is an FAA-certified Part 107 UAS pilot and manages the APL-UW drone fleet for Dragnet.

McGuire came to APL-UW 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. Retiring as a commander, some of his most notable achievements during his naval career were: Being qualified as a nuclear engineer, serving as the chief engineer of the U.S.S. Nebraska, serving as the chief pilot for DSRV Mystic, commanding the U.S. Navy's remotely operated vehicles unit where he was instrumental in the rescue of the Russian mini-sub AS-28 in August 2005, and being assigned as the operations officer for submarine group Trident, directing operations for 14 Trident submarines to include four recently converted SSGNs. While at submarine group Trident McGuire was a member of the Navy¹s ocean observing system security working group where he worked with NEPTUNE Canada in addressing the U.S. Navy's security concerns. He currently works with CNO N975C addressing those same concerns for the OOI project and NEPTUNE Canada.

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).

More Info

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