Gary L. Austin
What is your job on the ship? Development team technician V, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
How long have you been doing this? over 25 years.
What is your favorite part of what you do? Learning new things that help rewrite textbooks my grandchildren will be studying some day.
What is the least favorite part of your work? Magnetic survey tows.
did you get into this field? Right place at the right time.
What is the most important skill/trait that you rely on? Common sense.
What is your most memorable experience from your career? Finding a man that was washed overboard at sea and dying of exposure off Oregon. Using skills learned in the Navy and saving the man's life.
Tell us something about yourself. Originally from a small town west of Cleveland Ohio. I spent 4 years in the US NAvy two of them on Guam. Learned to love the mysteries of the sea. Antique cars, flying private airplane.