Orson Smith is a Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering with the UAA College of Engineering and Director of Integrated Education for the DHS-sponsored Arctic Domain Awareness Center at UAA. He is presently also an Adjunct Instructor for the Alaska Maritime Training Center in Seward, Alaska. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Civil Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Alaska and has taught Arctic, coastal, ocean, and port engineering graduate courses at UAA for the past 16 years, following over 20 years as a project manager and researcher with the US Army Corps of Engineers. He is a Shellback and a Bluenose mariner, now enjoying summer sailboat cruising along the southcentral coast of Alaska.