MELBOURNE, FLA. — George Maul, head of the Florida Tech Department of Marine and Environmental Systems, has been named to the Board of Directors of the
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA). His election took place at the organization’s annual membership meeting, held in June in
Atlantic Beach, Fla. Maul also represents the university on the Boards of the Florida Ocean Alliance, the Florida Institute of Oceanography, and the
Florida COOS (Coastal Ocean Observing System) Consortium.
Since arriving at Florida Tech in 1994, Maul has distinguished himself at the university and in international efforts. He founded the undergraduate
meteorology program in 1996 and graduate program in 2001. Maul earned the College of Engineering Teacher of the Year Award in 1997 and the Faculty Senate
Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998. He is a frequent public speaker on coastal hazards, hurricanes, and climate change to service organizations and
libraries in Florida and various Caribbean countries.
Maul founded the Tsunami Steering Group of Experts of the Subcommission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic
Commission of UNESCO. He is past chairman of the Joint Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission/United Nations Environment Programme Task Team on
Climatic Changes in the Wider Caribbean. He also has been co-chairman for four terms, during the 80s and 90s, of the International Symposium on Marine
Prior to coming to Florida Tech, as a research scientist, Maul earned five NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) Outstanding
Performance Awards and three NOAA Distinguished Authorship Awards. He was also elected a Fellow of the Marine Technology Society in 1999. He was named a
Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2003.
Maul earned a doctoral degree in physical oceanography from the University of Miami and a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation from the State
University of New York Maritime College. He has authored over 120 refereed scientific articles and seven books.