Skip to main content
Email Print Share

Staff changes in the Office of Polar Programs

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) welcomes new staff members to the OPP front office and to the Section for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL).

Business Analyst

Dr. Scot Arnold joined the OPP front office as the Business Analyst for the division in July 2013. He came from the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). At IDA, Dr. Arnold worked on several cost and economic analyses for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Office of Science Technology and Policy, NSF, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For NSF, he supported the U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel. For OSD, Dr. Arnold led tasks ranging from profit policy research to composite armor studies. For DHS, he helped start the SAFETY Act implementation office, which provides liability limitation to certain firms that provide equipment and services aimed at preventing terrorist attacks.  Before joining IDA, Dr. Arnold worked in corporate finance at the Visteon Corporation, a spin-off from Ford Motor Company, where he managed the company’s foreign currency risk. He also worked at Ford Motor Company in several finance and cost analyses roles for product development, manufacturing, and research staff.

Dr. Arnold received his Ph.D. in polymer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business; and his BA in chemistry from Vassar College.

Operations Manager

AIL is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Margaret Knuth to the position of Operations Manager.  Ms. Knuth comes to the Geosciences Directorate from the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, where since 2009 she has worked as a research engineer on projects supporting National Science Foundation activities in both polar regions, the U.S. Navy, NASA, and private industry.  She is an experienced engineer with specialization in snow and ice mechanics and its application to construction and maintenance of civil infrastructure (e.g., snow roads, ice piers).  She has also worked in the private sector where she performed maritime engineering work in and around the New York City harbor region.

Ms. Knuth holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Miami as well as a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University.  From 2006 to 2007, she was the recipient of a highly competitive Knauss Fellowship and worked in the Office of Polar Programs performing environmental assessments and supporting NSF activities related to the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings.

Presidential Management Fellow

Mr. Robert (Rob) Anders is a Presidential Management Fellow on a 5-month detail in AIL.

Rob Anders comes to the Office of Polar Programs from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), where he serves a Policy Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power. His focus at EERE has been on the integrated deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies onto a modernized electric grid.

Rob earned a Masters in Energy Policy from Georgetown University. Before graduate school, Rob served for more than 6 years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. Now, on a part-time basis, he is a Major in the District of Columbia National Guard. In 2002, Rob earned a B.S. in Environmental Science & Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Posted 08/05/2013

Amundsent-Scott South Pole Station

Aerial view of Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. NSF photo by Jesse Peterson