The University Record, October 9, 2000

Carignan named interim director of Michigan Sea Grant

By Dan Krauth
News and Information Services

George R. Carignan, managing director of the Institute for Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology in the College of Engineering (CoE), will serve as interim director for the Michigan Sea Grant College Program.

Michigan Sea Grant is one of 29 university-based programs in a national network that promotes greater knowledge and stewardship of the Great Lakes and ocean resources. In his role as interim director, Carignan will oversee a program that funds 16 research projects and numerous outreach activities related to such topics as sustainable coastal development, fisheries, coastal wetlands, Great Lakes education, trophic change, exotic species and marine engineering.

“His past administrative experience as associate dean for research, his leadership in the environmental thrusts of the College, and his familiarity with the Sea Grant program make George an ideal choice,” says Gary Was, CoE associate dean for research. “We’re absolutely delighted. He has my full support to guide the program.”

Carignan was the College of Engineering’s associate dean for graduate education and research in 1991–99, during which time he also was a member of the Michigan Sea Grant Policy Committee. In addition to managing the environmental programs in the College, Carignan is a professor and research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences. He serves or has served on numerous national advisory panels in space research and engineering and has published more than 70 papers on experimental space and planetary science. In June 1997, he received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his work on the Galileo Probe Planetary Mass Spectrometer.

Carignan succeeds Russell Moll, who is now director of California Sea Grant. Carignan may be reached at (734) 763-1437 or via e-mail to

University officials have launched a national search for a permanent director of Michigan Sea Grant. For information on the position, visit the Web at

Michigan Sea Grant is a joint program of the U-M and Michigan State University, and is funded in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.