Staff and Leadership

The SMART Center team is leading the way in bringing more students and workers into the pipeline to become tomorrow's technicians in the maritime and transportation industry. Our staff and team of Co-PIs and external partners have a depth and breadth of experience in the industry, academia, and related fields. Click on the pictures below to learn more and to contact our team members directly.

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Thomas Stout
Principal Investigator (PI)
Phone: 757.822.5230

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Jennifer Palestrant
Director and Co-PI
Phone: 757.822.7729

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Sandra Weber
Program Manager
Phone: 757.822.7485

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Tobey Allen
Outreach and Education Manager
Phone: 757.822.7485

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Katie Adams
Strategic Communications, Website and Content Developer
Phone: 757.753.5352

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