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Eric Patten

President and CEO, Ocean Aero

Eric is the CEO and President of Ocean Aero, an unmanned maritime systems company which builds game changing long range and persistent ocean going robots. Prior to joining Ocean Aero, Eric was the

Director, Defense and Intelligence Global Solutions for the geospatial technology leader Esri, were he lead his team to build awareness of Esri's geospatial technology within the defense and intelligence communities worldwide. Before joining Esri in 2010,

Patten served as a US Navy Captain with a 25-year career of distinguished service. He was the Director of operations for the US Navy's Southwest region. Eric is on the board of Directors for the San Diego Police Foundation and was the Chairman of the Communications committee leading the rebranding of the Foundation. He also sits on the board of Directors for the Maritime Alliance.


BA Political Science, Washington State University, Pullman WA

MA, National Security and Strategic Studies, US Naval War College, Newport RI

Latest from Eric Patten

The Challenge  Oceans cover over 70  percent of our world’s surface and contain 97 percent of the planet’s water, yet humans have yet to explore more than 10 percent of these dynamic ocean communities. This is not due in part to lack of effort, rather the study of our world’s oceans is expensive,...