AI2ES Senior Leadership Team

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Dr. Amy Mcgovern

Principal Investigator

 Dr. McGovern is the PI for AI2ES.  She is a Lloyd G. and Joyce Austin Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma where she has a dual-appointment in the School of Computer Science and the School of Meteorology.  Dr. McGovern’s research focuses on developing and applying AI techniques to a variety of real-world applications, with a special focus on severe weather.  Dr. McGovern earned her PhD. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her B.S. (honors) in Math/Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Dr. Chris Thorncroft

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Thorncroft is a co-PI for AI2ES. He is Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the University at Albany. His research is concerned with weather and climate in the tropics and extratropics. Emphasis is given to improving knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of high-impact  weather systems through analysis of observations and modeling. He also directs the NYS Mesonet as well as the UAlbany Center of Excellence in Weather and Climate Analytics which is devoted to establishing applied research partnerships with the private sector. 

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Dr. Imme Ebert-Uphoff

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Ebert-Uphoff is a co-PI for AI2ES.  She is a Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Machine Learning Lead at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), both at Colorado State University.  Her research focuses on the use of data science methods, including causal discovery and machine learning, to applications in climate and weather.  Dr. Ebert-Uphoff received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and the equivalent of B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany (now known as KIT).

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Dr. Ruoying “Roy” He

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. He is a co-PI for AI2ES. He is a Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University. His research expertise spans from coastal circulation dynamics and air-sea interaction to biophysical interactions. As the director of the Ocean Observing and Modeling Group, he conducts coastal ocean observations, remote sensing data analyses, and  leads the development of prediction models of ocean circulation, air-sea-wave interactions, physical-biogeochemical couplings, as well as data assimilation. Dr. He earned his PhD. in Physical Oceanography from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining the NC State, he was a research scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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Dr. Philippe Tissot

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Tissot is a co-PI for AI2ES. He is the Interim Director for the Conrad Blucher Institute and an Associate Research Professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Tissot’s research focuses on the development and operational application of AI methods for analysis and prediction of coastal processes. Projects include developing operational predictions for navigation and emergency management and work on relative sea level rise and coastal flooding. Dr. Tissot earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, and a Diploma in Physics Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne.

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Dr. David John Gagne

Senior Personnel

Dr. Gagne is a Machine Learning Scientist and head of the Analytics and Integrative Machine Learning group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His research focuses on developing explainable AI systems for a wide range of Earth System Science challenges, including predicting high impact weather and emulating computationally demanding physical models. He has led the development of multiple interactive short courses on machine learning for atmospheric science. Dr. Gagne received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.  

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Dr. Julie Demuth

Senior Personnel

Dr. Demuth is a Research Scientist at NCAR in the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) Lab with the Weather Risks and Decisions in Society (WRaDS) research group. Her research focuses on hazardous weather risk communication, risk perception, and decision-making with expert groups (forecasters, emergency managers, etc.) and members of the public. Her BS and MS are in Atmospheric Science, and her PhD is in Communication. 

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Dr. ann bostrom

Senior Personnel

Dr. Bostrom is the Weyerhaeuser endowed Professor of Environmental Policy at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington. She researches risk perception, risk communication, and decision-making under uncertainty, with a focus on mental models of hazardous processes. Projects include interview, survey and experimental research on perceptions, communication and decision making about climate change, earthquake early warning, and extreme weather forecasts and warnings. Dr. Bostrom earned her PhD. in Policy Analysis from Carnegie Mellon University, her M.B.A from Western Washington University, and her B.A. in English from the University of Washington.

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Dr. Phillip davis

Senior Personnel

Dr. Davis serves as professor of computer science at Del Mar College. Since 1983 he has led the department in externally funded research projects totaling more than $10M from the National Science Foundation and Department of Labor. He served as the Principal Investigator and Director of the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence from 2008—2013. His research interests included autonomous navigation, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, operating systems and data science. Dr. Davis earned the Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi and doctorate from Nova-Southeastern University. His avocational interest includes cycling, hiking, sailing and raising Australian Shepherds. His spouse is a medical doctor and his three adult children no longer live at home.

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Dr. nathan snook

Senior Personnel

Dr. Snook is a senior research scientist at the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms at the University of Oklahoma.  His research focuses on prediction of severe weather hazards, such as hail and tornadoes, using high-resolution ensemble forecasts and AI/ML methods.  Dr. Snook earned a B.S. in Meteorology from Iowa State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

  

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Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Barnes

Senior Personnel

Dr. Barnes is an associate professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Her research is largely focused on climate dynamics/predictability and data science methods for earth system research (e.g. machine learning, causal discovery). Prof. Barnes obtained dual B.S. degrees (Honors) in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington.

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Dr. Jason Hickey

Industry collaborator

Dr. Hickey is a senior member of the technical staff in Google.  He leads the AI for Weather team in Google Research, focusing on the use of machine learning to improve weather forecasting.  Jason holds the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees  in Computer Science from Cornell University, and the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech.  He has worked at Google since 2008, in areas including artificial intelligence, internet of things, and global computing infrastructure.  He was Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Caltech from 1999-2008, research focusing on programming languages and distributed and scientific computing.

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Dr. John Williams

Industry collaborator

Dr. Williams is Senior Scientist – Machine Learning and Senior Manager, Forecasting Sciences at The Weather Company, an IBM Business. He leads a team of scientists and software engineers who use AI and data science in conjunction with meteorological expertise to innovate and reduce to practice methods for creating state-of-the-art weather forecasts that routinely serve over 300 million individuals and 3,500 businesses around the globe, including via the popular Weather Channel and Weather Underground mobile apps. Dr. Williams earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics, M.S. in Applied Mathematics, and M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado and his B.A. (Honors) in Physics from Swarthmore College.

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Other AI2ES Team Members

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Dr. Corey Potvin

Government collaborator

Dr. Potvin is a Research Meteorologist at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory. Dr. Potvin specializes in ensemble prediction of high-impact thunderstorms and is a senior member of the NOAA Warn-on-Forecast research program. Dr. Potvin earned Ph.D and M.S. degrees in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma and B.S. degrees in Meteorology and Mathematics from Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University). 

  

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Dr. sid Boukabara

Government Collaborator

Dr. Boukabara is a principal scientist at the NESDIS’s Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR). His main scientific activities include leading technology maturation projects and in particular exploring new numerical approaches such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to improve the Nation’s usage of satellite data in NOAA’s prediction systems. He is co-chair of the NOAA AI executive committee, helping establishing a NOAA-wide AI strategy and the NOAA AI Center. Dr. Boukabara received the Ingénieur degree in electronics and signal processing from the National School of Civil Aviation (ENAC), in Toulouse, France (1994), the M.S. degree from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France the same year and the Ph.D. degree in remote sensing from the Denis Diderot University, Paris, France (1997).

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Dr. David Hall

industry collaborator

Dr. Hall is Data Scientist at NVIDIA. His research focuses on applications of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning for the Earth and Space sciences. Previously, Dr. Hall held positions as an Assistant Professor of Research in the Computer Science Department at CU Boulder, and as a Research Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He has a broad technical background in theoretical physics, computational fluid dynamics, remote sensing, numerical methods, weather and climate modeling, and artificial intelligence. Before joining NVIDIA, Dr. Hall spent much of the previous decade developing numerical techniques to improve the atmospheric components of the CESM and E3SM global climate models. Dr. Hall earned a PhD in Soft Condensed-Matter Physics from the University of Santa Barbara, CA and a BA in Physics from CU Boulder.

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Jerry Brotzge

Dr. Jerald “Jerry” Brotzge

Senior personnel

Dr. Brotzge is a Research Scientist and Program Manager of the New York State Mesonet at the University at Albany.  Dr. Brotzge brings decades of experience working with data networks and research-to-operations (R2O).  Dr. Brotzge leads a team focused on the collection, quality control, archival and dissemination of high-quality environmental data for the state of New York.  Collecting over one million observations per day, the NYSM system includes innovative atmospheric, snow, and vertical profiling sensors, and efforts are now underway with local NWS and national NOAA research centers to integrate these new data into operations. Dr. Brotzge’s research has concentrated on the development and improvement of weather observing systems, forecast products, and R2O applications 

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Dr. henry neeman

Senior personnel

Dr. Neeman is the Director of the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research, Associate Professor in the College of Engineering and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma, as well as the joint co-manager of the XSEDE Campus Engagement program with Dr. Dana Bruson of Internet2. He also founded and co-leads the Research Computing Facilitators Virtual Residency workforce development program.  He received his BS in computer science and his BA in statistics with a minor in mathematics from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York in 1987, his MS in CS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1990 and his PhD in CS from UIUC in 1996, where he served as a postdoctoral and graduate researcher at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Center for Supercomputing Research & Development.

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christina kumler

collaborator

Ms. Kumler is a scientist working for the Corporative Institute of Environmental Sciences CIRES at NOAA’s Global System’s Laboratory (GSL) in Boulder. She comes from an applied mathematics and atmospheric/oceanic background. She enjoys a variety of projects and public outreach. Most recently, her work has included using deep learning for detection of cyclonic Regions of Interest (ROI) as well as deriving Fire Radiative Power (FRP) with random forests. In her spare time, she’s either playing in the mountains or in the kitchen and enjoys taking semi-professional photos as well as competing in triathlons.

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Dr. cameron homeyer

Senior personnel

Dr. Homeyer is an Associate Professor, the Associate Director for Graduate Programs, and the Chesapeake Energy Professor of Climate Systems Science in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on radar and satellite meteorology (especially that related to severe and non-severe convective storms), physics and dynamics of the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, and climate variability and change. He is a primary developer of the Gridded NEXRAD WSR-88D Radar (GridRad; gridrad.org) data set, one of only two widely available 3D multi-radar mosaics over the United States. Dr. Homeyer earned all three of his degrees from Texas A&M University: B.S., Meteorology; M.S., PhD., Atmospheric Sciences.

  

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Dr. Sean Smith

consultant

Dr. Smith, President of Horizon Research, Inc. (HRI), received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, a Master’s Degree in Science Teaching, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining HRI in 1991, Dr. Smith taught high school chemistry and physics. Dr. Smith leads the evaluations of several projects funded by NSF and the US Department of Education.  In addition, he conducts research on science teacher knowledge.

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Dr. chuck anderson

senior personnel

Dr. Anderson is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Colorado State University.  His research and teaching is focused on artificial intelligence and neural network algorithms for reinforcement learning, brain-computer interfaces and high-dimensional data. Prof. Anderson earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

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Dr. dimitris diochnos

Senior personnel

Dr. Diochnos is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma. Dr Diochnos works in artificial intelligence and is particularly interested in provable guarantees of machine learning classifiers, especially in situations where the data has been adversarially altered. Dr Diochnos earned his PhD in Mathematical Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, his Master’s in Mathematics from the University of Athens (Greece) and his B.S. in Informatics and Telecommunications from the University of Athens (Greece).

  

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sean griffin

industry collaborator

Mr. Griffin is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Disaster Tech. Sean served as Director for Incident Management Integration Policy on the US National Security Council, and is an active duty veteran of the U.S. Navy and Naval Nuclear Power Program.  During his White House term under President Obama and President Trump, Sean led the Executive Office of the President and inter- agency policy coordination for major disasters and incidents.  Additionally, Sean led emergency management training and exercise programs at the U.S. Department of State, Defense Logistics Agency, and National Institute of Health. He also volunteered time to Chair the Federal Sector Emergency Managers Caucus for the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), and is a leading member of the Private Sector Committee for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA).

  

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jebb stewart

government collaborator

Mr. Stewart is the lead of the Informatics and Visualization Branch with the NOAA Global System Laboratory in Boulder Colorado.  With a unique background in both Meteorology and Computer Science, he has over 20 years of experience in software development for visualizing, processing, distributing, and interacting with geophysical data. Over the last couple of years, his work has expanded to machine learning applications for object identification and improving data processing capabilities along with leveraging commercial cloud capabilities to provide tools and services to efficiently explore the ever growing volumes of data.

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Kara Sulia

Dr. kara sulia

Senior personnel

Dr. Sulia is a research associate at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) at the University at Albany. Her research focuses on parameterization development, particularly in the field of ice microphysics. Further, and importantly for AI2ES, Dr. Sulia serves as the Director of the xCITE Laboratory, a high-end machine learning, data analytics, and scientific visualization facility located at ASRC. Through the implementation of innovative technologies, the xCITE Lab provides resources to the University, public, and private partners with specific climate and weather needs. 

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Dr. Antonio Medrano

Senior personnel

Dr. Medrano is an Assistant Professor in the Conrad Blucher Institute and the Department of Computing Sciences at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. Dr. Medrano works on spatial optimization, and is interested in using artificial intelligence to solve computationally demanding location problems. Dr. Medrano earned his PhD in Computational Geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), his Master’s in Multimedia Engineering also from UCSB, and his B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

  

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Dr. Nick Bassill

Senior personnel

Dr. Bassill is the Director of Research & Development at UAlbany’s Center of Excellence. Dr. Bassill applies his background in numerical weather prediction, forecasting, and data analysis to “real-world” weather problems in and near the state of New York. These are often complex problems which require a synthesis of weather data and domain-specific data such as utility outages, road salt, or school closures. This work requires extensive outreach to non-meteorologists, and necessitates easily digestible information tailored for these decision makers. Through his affiliation with the NYS Mesonet, Dr. Bassill also creates a wealth of products and tools for use by operational forecasters and domain experts to maximize this resource. Finally, Dr. Bassill conducts original research on challenging forecast topics with both undergraduates and graduates at UAlbany.

  

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Dara Betz

Other personnel

Ms. Betz is the Director of Workforce Programs for Corporate Services and oversees Institutional Strategic Accreditations at Del Mar College.   In collaboration with institutional, government, and industry partners, she leads in the development of workforce initiatives creating career pathways for secondary and post-secondary students. In addition, she holds the rank of Major currently serving in the United States Army Reserves specializing in Imagery and Geospatial analysis. Dara received her MBA from University of Phoenix and B.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University.

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John J. Nelson

Senior personnel

Mr. Nelson is Faculty at Del Mar College in  Geospatial Technologies.  He is Co-Project Director for the Unmanned Aircraft System Education Technology Consortium (NSF).  Mr Nelson completed his M.S EDTech, M.S.GS ABD in Geographic Information Science, Geospatial Surveying and Engineering and Educational Technology at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and earned a Post Baccalaureate Certification in Secondary Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, a BA degree double major History & PolSci at University of Minnesota Duluth and an AAS in Micro Computers and Geographic Information Systems at Del Mar College. He currently holds internationally recognized Geographic Information Science Institutes Professional Certification (GISP) and the US FAA 107 Remote Pilot Authorization License, plus other geospatial technology related industry and academic awards and certificates. He is also a 2019 Hi Tech NSF Educator of the Year Award.

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Dr. Matt Rogers

Senior personnel

Dr. Rogers is a Research Associate III at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University, where he splits his time between satellite remote sensing research and education and outreach tasks.  Dr. Rogers was formerly the Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) lead for the NASA CloudSat mission, where he oversaw the CloudSat Education Network, and now develops resiliency programs for fire, flood, and drought using NOAA observations for the K-12 audience.  Dr. Rogers earned his MS and PhD degrees in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  

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Dr. Scott King

Senior personnel

Dr. King is a Professor of Computer Science at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and Director of Innovation in COmputing REsearch Labs (iCORE).  His research interests are in coastal AI, smart environments, visualization and autonomous vehicles.  Scott A. King received his PhD in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University in 2001, he also has an MS in Computer and Information Science from Ohio State, and a BS in Computer Science from Utah State University. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.

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Dr. Andrew Fagg

Senior personnel

Dr. Fagg is the Brian E. and Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professor of Computer Science, an Associate Professor of Computer Science and a member of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (IBEST) at the University of Oklahoma.  His research interests include machine learning, robotics and computational neuroscience.  In particular, he employs machine learning techniques to connect brain imaging data with complex motor behavior and to identify changes in each due to development and learning.  He holds a PhD and MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a BS in Math/Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University. 

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Korinne Caruso

Senior personnel

Ms. Caruso is currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Del Mar College.  Prior to this she was an adjunct instructor and the Engineering Program Coordinator II for Engineering Recruitment and STEM Outreach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC).  She holds a BS degree in Control Systems Engineering Technology, an MS in Education and an MS in Computer Science all from TAMUCC.  Caruso’s experience includes coordinating outreach activities in the STEM fields to remove the stigma of the sciences in the community.

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Dr. Kate Musgrave

collaborator

Dr. Musgrave is a Research Scientist and the Tropical Cyclone Group Lead at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University.  Her research focuses on tropical cyclone structure and evolution and the representation of tropical cyclones in dynamical and statistical models.  Dr. Musgrave earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University and B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and Interdisciplinary Studies (Quantitative Sciences) from the University of Florida.

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Dr. Ryan Torn

collaborator

Dr. Torn is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany.  His research focuses on trying to understand atmospheric predictability by determining the source and growth of errors within numerical models across a number of timescales using ensemble forecasts, with emphasis on synoptic and mesoscale systems, such as winter weather, convection, and hurricanes.

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Kevin Tyle

collaborator

Mr. Tyle is the Manager of Departmental Computing for the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany, at which he received his M.S. in Atmospheric Science in 1995. He also has a B.A. in Psychology, with emphases on Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, from the University of Rochester. His main interest is promoting the use of free- and open-source software packages, mostly using Python, for the analysis, visualization and sharing of geoscientific datasets. One of UAlbany’s NSF XSEDE Program Campus Champions (along with AI2ES collaborator Dr. Nicholas Schiraldi), Kevin presently serves on the AMS Board on Data Stewardship and on the Strategic Advisory Committee of Unidata.

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Dr. Christopher A. Fiebrich

collaborator

Dr. Fiebrich is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Mesonet and Associate Director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey at the University of Oklahoma. He is also Adjunct Faculty with the School of Meteorology at OU. His areas of expertise are in mesoscale meteorology and climatology, meteorological instrumentation, and applied meteorology and climatology. He oversees all activities of the Oklahoma Mesonet, including sensor calibrations, field operations, technology and software development, data and climate services, research, and outreach to emergency managers, fire fighters, farmers, and K-20 educators.  He earned his B.S. in 1998, M.S. in 2000, and Ph.D. in Meteorology in 2007 from the University of Oklahoma. He is a Steering Committee member of the AASC Mesonet committee and a Certified Consulting Meteorologist of the American Meteorological Society. 

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Additional Team Members 

Bios coming soon!

 

  • Karthik Kashinath; National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC);Unpaid Collaborator
  • Mr. Prabhat; National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC); Unpaid Collaborator
  • Nicholas Schiraldi; State University of New York at Albany; Unpaid Collaborator
  • Michael Starek; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Senior Personnel