I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce and to welcome Sri Dhyana to our board of directors and to our leadership team. Sri comes with an impressive and diverse background that includes Sailing, the Sciences, and Mechanics. I met Sri as a dock–mate in Kittery Maine. We are both part-time live-aboard sailors, and we both work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Over the last several months, we have become friends and as usual conversation goes talked about our pasts and where we want to be in the future. After a while it became clear that Sri would become an excellent member of our team. In fact on the day I intended to share my interest in her joining American Seafarers, she beat me to it. She wanted to talk to me about just that. While reviewing her CV, I became very excited about the diversity of her professional background, her education and history of community service and outreach that aligns so well with our mission.
Sri graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in Physics, with honors and as a member of several fellowships, including fellowships with NASA and the National Science Foundation. She served for 9 years in the U.S. Army National Guard for the State of Maine. While serving in the guard, Sri was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and when her unit came home she returned decorated for her conduct and service.
Sri has spent time with several organizations and labs researching Astrobiology, Environmental Toxicology, Genetic Damage, as well as other highly specialized fields of study and practice working with or for NASA, USM, The Scripps Research Institute, and Wise Lab of Environmental and Genetic Toxicology. Additionally she has worked as an education facilitator with Mad Science of Maine, an organization that specializes in providing experiential learning techniques to elementary school children.
Sri’s outreach and community service is also pretty extensive. While she was the President of the USM Physics Club, she designed physical demonstrations for high school science classrooms learning programs, ferrying students and staff to Cow Island to participate in the Ripple Effect Project. Concurrently as the Vice President of the USM Chemistry Club, she volunteered to perform chemistry demonstrations to middle school students. And again, as the Vice President of the USM Biology Club, she organized events and fundraisers to send students on educational field trips that she helped develop and plan. She was also a crew member at Star Pal, helping underprivileged children get involved in sailing and sailboat racing in greater Portland, ME
Sri is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, Society of Physics Students, The American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Association for Women in Science and past member of the USM Sailing Team. She has been and currently is working towards receiving her U.S.C.G. Captain’s license Master of Vessels.
As you can see, Sri Dhyana is going to make an excellent team member, and I am excited to introduce her to you as a member of our Board of Directors and Director of Science Programs. We look forward to Sri working independently and in conjunction with our educational partners developing some amazing ocean science programs for our kids and we look forward to sailing with her as a Captain of American Seafarers.