Hollings Scholarship Alum & NOAA Commissioned Officer
Ensign Kyle Cosentino reported to the NOAA Corps Officer Training Center in August 2014 to begin his basic training in the NOAA Commissioned Corps.
Kyle graduated from Eckerd College in May 2014 with a B.S. in marine science and a minor in chemistry. During his time at Eckerd, he developed a strong interest in understanding the fundamental components and mechanisms of the natural world.
Kyle was a 2012 Hollings Scholar, and conducted his summer internship with the NOAA NWS Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, CO. He co-authored a publication for the Journal of Geophysical Research entitled "Characterizing Interplanetary Shocks for Development and Optimization of an Automated Solar Wind Shock Detection Algorithm", which was the result of his work with Dr. Michele Cash. His interest in a career in the NOAA Corps developed after attending a NOAA Corps recruitment session for Hollings scholars in Boulder.
Kyle’s first assignment is aboard the Oscar Elton Sette, home-ported in Honolulu, HI. So far, he has traveled to American Samoa for a Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program cruise and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands on a cruise to study endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals. Later this summer, Kyle will return to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for an annual marine debris cruise. Kyle is very interested in entering the NOAA dive program and is considering the NOAA aviation program as a potential career path after his initial sea assignment. His recreational interests include fishing, windsurfing, running, and traveling.