Megan L. Drewniak

Lecturer
United States
M.Sc. Quality Systems Management, National Graduate School
B.Sc. Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island

Qualifications

International Association Six Sigma Green belt Certification, Port State Control Officer, Flag State Inspector, U.S. Maritime Casualty Investigating Officer

Biography

Lieutenant Commander Megan Drewniak is currently a lecturer at the World Maritime University, assigned on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard.

She previously served as a U.S. Maritime Casualty and Suspension and Revocation Investigating Officer at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami; Miami Beach, Florida from 2014 until 2016.  In this capacity, she conducted maritime casualty and personnel administrative investigations and took action against mariner credentials for failure to adhere to applicable safety laws, regulations, and accepted industry safety standards.  Additionally, she represented the U.S Coast Guard during hearings against credentialed mariners before an appointed Administrative Law Judge.  Lieutenant Commander Drewniak was also the 2016 Coast Guard active duty recipient of the Captain John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award.

In 2011, Lieutenant Commander Drewniak was assigned as the Waterways Management Division Chief to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England; Portland, Maine.  As an epicenter of an eager international industry desiring to harness the extreme tide cycles and capabilities of offshore wind, she utilized her waterways management experience and marine special planning expertise to provide recommendations and associated risks involved with the deployment of over 30 proposed wind and hydrokinetic energy projects.  She reviewed the first tidal energy project to successfully be deployed in U.S. waters and generate electricity for the power grid in North America.  She also utilized her expertise to formulate guidance to better position the U.S. Coast Guard in evaluating future energy projects.  Additionally, she carried out duties as a U.S. Flag State Marine Inspector and Port State Control Officer responsible for conducting safety and security compliance inspections and examinations for a fleet of 300+ vessels. 

In 2008, Lieutenant Commander Drewniak reported to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Leadership Development Center in New London, Connecticut as the Leadership and Management School Chief.  During this time, she served as the Course Director for three leadership curriculums and provided training to over 5,000 junior enlisted to senior officer personnel.  Additionally, Lieutenant Commander Drewniak was assigned to Marine Safety Office San Francisco in 2004 where she held positions including Facilities and Container Inspector, Explosive Handling Supervisor, and Command Duty Officer. 

Lieutenant Commander Drewniak holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island.  She has also earned a Master of Science in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School.