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Margaret Knuth appointed Chief Program Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program


May 6, 2021

Ms. Margaret Knuth has been appointed to be the Chief Program Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program, where she will manage and oversee operations and logistics across USAP stations, field sites, gateways, and port facilities. She will also lead USAP’s logistics collaborations with other National Antarctic Programs, and serve on the USAP Executive Management Board. This position is part of the Section for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics at NSF.

Ms. Knuth brings to the position more than eight years of experience as the Antarctic Operations Manager, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of operations at all three USAP stations, including responsibility for fleet, fire response, waste management, fuels, heavy traversing, and airfields. She also has extensive experience in international collaboration, having twice served as a U.S. delegate to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, been a member of the 2020 United States Antarctic Treaty Inspection team, and served as a delegate to the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs.

Prior to joining NSF, Maggie was a research engineer with the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, where she primarily focused on solving engineering and operations issues for both the U.S. Arctic and Antarctic Programs as well as advising Army and Navy efforts on engineering challenges in polar regions.

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