Dr. Mark Gleason – Ph.D., M.S., B.S.
Dr. Gleason received a B.S. degree from Grand Valley State University a M.S. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University. His areas of research interests include the use of technology in natural resources education, maritime and natural resources management and the use of robotics to explore underwater archeology sites. Dr. Gleason has a diverse professional experience with several Natural Resources Management agencies and environmental education programs including the National Park Service as well as outdoor adventure groups including Outward Bound and NOLS.
Dr. Gleason has nearly ten years of diverse experience in the operation of underwater robots/ROVs in education, research and industry. His Ph.D. dissertation research demonstrated the usefulness of small ROVs in natural resources education programs. Those programs and their development led to positions creating educational programs at museums and colleges. Those efforts resulted in unique underwater experiences for thousands of students and the general public. Other professional works include several years operating ROVs in the oil/gas industry in the middle-east. His recent ROV work includes developing partnerships between government agencies, non-profits and industry to explore shipwrecks. Those partnerships have used ROVs and side scan sonar to explore approximately thirty Great Lakes shipwrecks. In addition, he is creating a marine tech program with a Michigan college that will provide ROV training for college students.
Dr. Gleason teaches Hostpitality and Tourism at Grand Valley State University.