Dr. Chinn brings to the project an extensive background in engineering and quantitative analysis, along with industry and project management experience. In his capacity as an engineer he has the ability to interact with the many engineering consultants that will be involved in this project on their terms, in order to help insure that the path forward does not involve too many changes of direction.
Dr. Chinn was born in California but moved to Seattle when he was less than a year old. He graduated from Bellevue High school in 2000 and went to the University of California at Santa Barbara to study mechanical engineering. He received his BS in mechanical engineering in 2003 and went on to pursue graduate studies in engineering at the University of California at San Diego. He received a MS from the mechanical engineering department at UCSD in 2005.
From 2005-2008 Dr. Chinn worked as a Scientist for Qinetiq north america doing numerical modeling and data analysis in support of the Meteorological and Oceanographic branch of Naval Special Warfare. He also served as a lead systems engineer where he developed the expansion roadmap for the naval super computing resources.
In 2008, Dr. Chinn moved back to Seattle to continue graduate education at the University of Washington. He received a MS degree in oceanography in 2011 and an additional MS degree in Applied Mathematics in 2012. He continued research and was awarded his PhD in Physical Oceanography in 2015.