CAPT (Dr.) Joseph (Tim) Arcano, Jr. graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering. He earned a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering and an Ocean Engineer degree from MIT; a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces; and a Ph. D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Maryland. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program. He served for 30 years of active and reserve commissioned service in the Navy as an engineering duty officer qualified in submarines. He also commanded five reserve units and retired as a Captain.
He is a member of the Senior Executive Service and was appointed as the Technical Director for Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock Division. Before this, he served as the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER). Prior to that assignment, Dr. Arcano served as Deputy Chief of nuclear safety at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He also served as Technical Director/Technical Authority (Ship Design Manager) for the USS VIRGINIA Class Program Office, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two), Meritorious Service Medal (two), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards) and Department of Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.