Dr. Catherine O'Riordan, an ocean scientist with broad experience in program management, is AIP's Interim co-CEO and Chief Operating Officer.
O'Riordan comes to AIP from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, DC, where she managed ocean research and education programs including U.S. participation in an international program of basic research in marine geosciences. She formerly served as the manager of public affairs and other programs at the American Geophysical Union, a member society of AIP. Before working at AGU, O'Riordan conducted research with French and European colleagues on the physics and biogeochemistry of the marine environment along the coast of France.
O'Riordan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Fluid Mechanics (Civil Engineering) from Stanford University.
O'Riordan succeeded James H. Stith, who served in the position from 1998-2008.