Jay C. Fernandes, M.S., Lieutenant, USCG

Instructor, Chemistry
Department of Science

Lieutenant Jay (Trip) Fernandes, a native of Branford, CT, earned a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2012. His first assignment after graduation was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC RESOLUTE (WMEC 620) in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2012-2014. During this time, RESOLUTE participated in operation UNIFIED RESOLVE, targeting illicit maritime drug trafficking in the central and eastern Caribbean. LT Fernandes’ next tour was as the Assistant Operations Officer aboard USCGC HEALY (WAGB 20) in Seattle, Washington, from 2014-2016, conducting science missions, in particular supporting GEOTRACES, a multiyear international scientific effort assessing the health of the Arctic Ocean. Following HEALY, LT Fernandes attended the University of Maryland (UMD) earning a M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2018. LT Fernandes’ research at UMD focused on oil spill remediation using chemical dispersants, specifically designing a completely non-toxic, food-grade dispersant. He now works as a chemistry instructor at the USCG Academy.


  • B.S. in Marine and Environmental Sciences
  • M.S. in Chemical Engineering

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Masters Thesis: “The Impact of the Solvent Base for a Dispersant on the Efficiency of Crude Oil Dispersion”
  • Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2018 “The impact of the solvent base for a dispersant on the efficiency of crude-oil dispersion”


  • CG Achievement Medal (x2)
  • CG Special Ops Service Ribbon (x2)
  • CG Commandant Letter of Commendation Ribbon
  • CG Unit Commendation Ribbon (x2)
  • CG Arctic Service Medal (x2)
  • CG “E” Ribbon (x3)
  • CG Rifle Marksman Ribbon
  • CG Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbon (x3)
  • CG Sea Service Ribbon
  • CG Piston Sharpshooter Ribbon
  • National Defense Ribbon

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