As the Oceanographic Technical Services Manager, Kent is responsible for overseeing the marine technician team and the maintenance of the scientific, safety, navigation, electronic and communications equipment aboard R/V Atlantic Explorer. His role also includes acting as liaison between UNOLS, the ship and the scientists to provide technical support and planning for each cruise. In addition, he is Co-PI for the National Science Foundation grants that support the vessel.
A native of Denmark, Kent brings to BIOS over 36 years of diverse experience in electronics, audio visual, communications and information technology gained from working in both maritime and shore-based roles. His special area of expertise is technical troubleshooting and the planning, budgeting and supervision of shipyard refit and refurbishment projects. He gained his AV/IT Certificate and honed his craft while serving 15 years as a submariner and instructor in electronic engineering in the Royal Danish Navy. He also holds his Certificate of Competency (COC) Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) Unlimited.
Kent has previously served as ETO for the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessels M/Y Lone Ranger and R/V Falkor, a.k.a. the “Google ships”, where he managed the overall ship electronics systems in addition to the on-board state of the art scientific equipment. He has participated in numerous science cruises of which his most memorable were to Greenland and Norway. Kent spent most of the last decade travelling the globe as ETO aboard some of the largest private motor yachts in the world.