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Saul Krasner Memorial Science Lecture Series
CDR Kenneth J. Boda, USCG

“STEM Education in Leadership and Decision Making” 

Abstract: Commander Kenneth J. Boda, Prospective Executive Officer of USCGC Polar Star is aboard USCGA for PCO/PXO school. While here, he will give cadets and an overview of how his scientific education has advanced his career. He will discuss the Arctic from both a policy and an afloat perspective, and entertain questions about his past and upcoming billets. 

Biography: Commander Kenneth J. Boda is a Coast Guard cutterman, with six years afloat serving both as Communication Officer and Operations Officer aboard the icebreaker Polar Star, and as Training Officer aboard Eagle, America’s Tall Ship. CDR Boda was assigned as a Marine Science instructor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Department of Science. He led the interagency Operational Science Advisory Team (OSAT-2) in New Orleans for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, studying the fate and effects of remnant oil in the beach environment. For three and a half years, CDR Boda has been the science, environment and energy strategic analyst at Coast Guard Headquarters, responsible for advancing Coast Guard strategy, providing quick-turn focused action, strategic communication, research and analysis to support the Commandant’s strategic objectives. CDR Boda graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University with a master’s degree in Physical Oceanography, and the U.S. Naval War College with a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He has received many military awards, including three Antarctic Service Medals and three Coast Guard Arctic Service Medals.