Ethan Gold






I am a systems, network, and instrumentation oriented software architect and engineer with real-world, operational, proof-of-concept, and research and development experience. I can work in several areas simultaneously, or focus intensely on a single project. I enjoy learning new fields and methods of application, and exploring new ideas. I have excellent writing skills, and experience instructing students in the classroom and users in real-world operations. Veteran of 40+ oceanographic cruises on three vessels.





Columbia University, New York, NY: MS Computer Science, 2001

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY:  BA Computer Science, 1997,

     departmental honors, Math Correlate








Ocean Exploration Trust, Director of Software and Data Engineering

March 2013 – February 2019


Systems, Network, Software, Services, and Data engineering in support of the E/V Nautilus's exploration mission:





Morgan Stanley, Vice President & Development Lead, Identity Management Development Team

October 2004 – March 2013


Identity Management

The Identity Management team is responsible for enforcing technology provisioning and de-provisioning for internal people throughout all major employment status events. Activities include:



Directory Engineering group

The Directory Engineering group is responsible for building and maintaining the tools and infrastructure that distribute internal people data to the firm's internal applications. Activities included:





Neuropsychological Assessment Platform (NPAP), Technical Director

Consulting, March 2007-February 2008





HCH Enterprises, Technical Project Management Proposal Consultant

Consulting, July 2005 - January 2006





Columbia University, Senior Systems Programmer/Sysadmin for R/V Maurice Ewing, Office of Marine Affairs

July 2001 - September 2004



The R/V Maurice Ewing was the research vessel operated by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University from 1988 to 2005.

The ship had a world-wide survey range and operated  around the world on scientific expeditions in several fields, including geophysics, physical oceanography, and marine biology. The ship operated roughly 11 months per year, with science staff working on a shore/sea rotation schedule of roughly 3 months at sea followed by three months in the office.


Activities and responsibilities included:






Freelance system development

March 22 - June 10, 2001






Columbia University Computer Science Department, Robotics Group , TA & GRA

Spring 1999 - Spring 2001





URLjam Media, Technical Coordinator

January 2000 to December 2000


URLjam Media was a small online teen media company. The company closed in December, 2000 and some of its properties were acquired by Nickelodeon. Activities and responsibilities included:




Freelance web programmer, UNIX/Web server admin

October 1999 to December 1999





Columbia University Computer Science Department , TA

Fall 1998





Los Alamos National Laboratory , Graduate Research Assistant software engineer

June 1997 to August 1998





International Business Machines  EDA Dept. E. Fishkill, NY, Intern

Summer 1996


Summer intern programming and bug testing GUI and backend components for Electrical CAD Methodology Enforcement Software using csh, ksh, and C++










Gueorguiev, Allen, Gold, Blaer: Design, Architecture and Control of a Mobile Site-Modeling Robot (ICRA2000)


Allen, Stamos, Gueorguiev, Gold, Blaer: AVENUE: Automated Site Modeling in Urban Environments (3DIM2001)


Media appearances, mentions, support

Nautilus Live (2013+)


National Geographic: Caribbean's Deadly Underworld (2014)


Nova: Nazi Attack on America (2015)


Oceanography Society contributions, support