Dr. Mitch Goldberg | Chief Scientist, Joint Polar Satellite Systems, NOAA/NESDIS

Dr. Mitch Goldberg earned his B.S. from Rutgers University, and M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. Dr. Goldberg joined NOAA in 1990 and has had held a number of positions of increasing responsibility. He is the JPSS Program Scientist and former Chief of the NESDIS Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division. His scientific expertise is in developing scientific algorithms to derive atmospheric soundings of temperature and water vapor from microwave and infrared sounders. At JPSS, Dr. Goldberg serves as independent expert and representative of the science and user communities responsible for ensuring the scientific integrity at all stages of satellite development. Mitch served as the chair of the World Meteorological Organization's Global Space-based InterCalibration System (GSICS)is the co-chair of the International TOVS Soundings working group, and is the NESDIS science representative to the Coordinated Group on Meteorological Satellites (CGMS). He is the currently chair of the CREST Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Goldberg has received three Gold Medals, one Silver Medal, and three Bronze Medals from the Department of Commerce and more recently the 2010 NOAA Administrator's Award for leadership in developing the international Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System (GSICS). He received the University of Maryland Most Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in 2004.

Dr. Bill Lapenta | Director, NCEP, NOAA/NWS

William Lapenta, Ph.D., is the director of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). NCEP delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to help save lives and protect property. As director, Dr. Lapenta oversees the planning, science and technology, and operational responsibilities of NCEP's nine national centers, which include the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, CO, and the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, MD.

Prior to becoming the NCEP director in January 2014, Dr. Lapenta served as the deputy and acting director of the NCEP Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) starting in October 2008. The EMC is responsible for the development, enhancement, and maintenance of the operational environmental modeling systems that are a foundational component of the national and global weather enterprises.

Before arriving at NOAA in 2008, Dr. Lapenta worked at NASA for 20 years at the Marshall Space Flight Center where he served as the Deputy Manager of the Science and Exploration Research Office responsible for all research and development activities related to space science, earth science and space optics. While at NASA, Dr. Lapenta also served as the Principal Investigator and Chief Scientist for the NASA Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Center focused on transitioning NASA earth science assets into the NWS Weather Forecast Offices in the Southern US. During his tenure at NASA, Lapenta served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama, Huntsville from 1992 to 2008, where he taught graduate level courses in the atmospheric science department. He has published numerous journal articles on numerical modeling, land/atmosphere interactions, and regional climate.

Lapenta has a Ph.D. in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University (1990) and a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology with a minor in mathematics from the State University of New York at Oneonta (1983).

A native of Nyack, NY, Lapenta is currently a resident of Northern Virginia. He and his wife, Cathy (also a meteorologist), have two adult children.

Dr. Madhulika 'Lika' Guhathakurta | Program Scientist, Heliophysics Science Division, NASA Headquarters

As a NASA astrophysicist, Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta (also known as Lika) has had the opportunity to work as a scientist, mission designer, instrument builder, directing and managing science programs and teacher and spokesperson for NASA's mission and vision in the Heliophysics Division. Occasionally, she performs all of these roles in a single day. Before joining NASA Headquarters in December of 1998, her career had focused on studying the importance of the scientific exploration of space in particular understanding the Sun as a star and its influence on the planet Earth, with research focus on understanding the magneto hydrodynamics of the Sun's outermost layer, the solar corona. She has been a Co-Investigator on five Spartan 201 missions on aboard space shuttles (STS-56, STS-64, STS-69, STS-87, STS-95) to study the solar corona in white-light and UV radiation and nine eclipse expeditions. She has led the Living with a Star Program for the past 15 years whose goal is to understand and ultimately predict solar variability and its diverse effects on Earth, human technology and astronauts in space, also known as "Space Weather." She has partnered with the American Museum of Natural History in New York and NASM in DC to produce full dome planetarium and 3D IMAX shows that are being exhibited internationally and used by teachers to excite the next generation of space scientists and helped create graduate level textbooks and train the next generation in heliophysics. She is also the lead scientist for the 2017 Eclipse and presently on detail to NASA Ames Research Center exploring concepts for new initiatives.

Bob Rutledge | Director, NOAA Space Weather Forecast Operations

Bob Rutledge is the Lead of the Space Weather Forecast Office at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). SWPC is the United States' official source for civilian space weather watches, warnings, and alerts. Bob also co-chairs the World Meteorological Organization Inter-Programme Team on Space Weather Information, Systems and Services, is the space weather advisor to the Federal Aviation Administration in its work towards adoption of space weather services for aviation, and co-chairs a goal on the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee for Space Weather Research, Operations, and Mitigation. Prior to joining SWPC, Bob worked at NASA's Johnson Space Center as the International Space Station (ISS) Radiation System Manager, responsible for oversight of the development and sustaining engineering of NASA's operational radiation measurement hardware onboard ISS. Bob began his career at NASA with the Space Radiation Analysis Group with responsibilities spanning planning, modeling, measurement, and operational management of astronaut radiation exposures. Bob received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Heath Hockenberry | Program Manager, NWS National Fire Weather

Heath Hockenberry graduated from Penn State University in 1994. He started working for the National Weather Service in Billings, MT in 1995. He transferred to Eureka, CA in late 1996 where he became the Marine Forecasting focal point. After Eureka, he moved to Blacksburg, Virginia where he had the opportunity to become a fire weather Incident Meteorologist (IMET). He served as an IMET during several, record fire years such as the 2000 and 2006 fire seasons. In May of 2005, he became the National Weather Service, National Fire Weather Program Manager stationed in Boise, Idaho at the National Interagency Fire Center.

Dr. Jim White | Director, Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, Univ. of Colorado

Dr. Jim White is the Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and also in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado (CU). He is the past Director of Environmental Studies Program at CU, and helped to establish and grow that Program during its first decade. He is current chair of the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

His research interests are broad, but all revolve around human impacts on the environment. Specific areas of research include studying the global carbon cycle, both modern and in the past, and reconstructing past environmental conditions using ice cores. He is working now on new deep ice cores in Greenland as well as Antarctica. He is an author of over one hundred peer reviewed publications, and is a Highly Cited Author in the Geosciences.

At CU he teaches a large lecture class in Environmental Studies, as well as a course on energy, the carbon cycle and climate change. He is actively engaged in exploring new paradigms of education in environmental studies, and has worked steadily to break down disciplinary barriers between the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, journalism, arts and business to better train students in the area of environmental change.

Dr. Phil Klotzbach | Colorado State Univ.

Phil Klotzbach is a Research Scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from CSU in 2007. Klotzbach has been employed in the Department of Atmospheric Science for the past seventeen years and was co-author on the Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts with Dr. William Gray through 2005. He became first author on the seasonal hurricane forecasts in 2006. Klotzbach developed the two-week forecasts currently being issued during the peak months of the hurricane season between August-October. He has published over two dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Climate and Weather and Forecasting.

Klotzbach graduated from Bridgewater State College with a BS degree in Geography in 1999. He then attended Colorado State University where he received his Masters degree in Atmospheric Science in 2002. After receiving his Masters degree, Klotzbach thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine (2100+ miles). He has also climbed all 54 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, and has completed eight marathons and five ultra-marathons.

Dale Eck | Director, Global Forecast Center, The Weather Company

Dale Eck is Leader of Forecast Operations, the Americas with The Weather Company, an IBM Business Powered by Watson. Dale oversees forecast operations for the Americas from Atlanta, GA. The Weather Company also has forecast operations in Andover MA, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Madison WI, Birmingham England, Japan, and Korea. The Weather Company distributes 15-day forecasts for 2.9 million unique forecast points around the world and providing consultation to The Weather Channel Programming Team, NBC, the Atlanta Braves organization, NASCAR, Weather.com editorial meteorologists, and many domestic and international airlines. Forecasts consist of both hourly and daily forecasts through 15 days and have 15-minute resolution through the first six hours. Forecasts are generated through a combination of model assimilation and statistical analysis with human forecasters over the loop to add context and monitor for accuracy.

Dale has been with The Weather Channel/The Weather Company for 31 years (August 1986 to the present). Prior to his current position he held positions as Weather Products Manager, an Internal Consultant for a Quality Management program, On Camera Meteorology Supervisor, and On Camera Meteorologist.

Prior to The Weather Channel, Dale was on-air meteorologist for one year at WGXA-TV in Macon, GA (September 1985-August 1986). Following graduation from PennStateUniversity with a BS degree in Meteorology in May 1981, he spent the first four years of his professional career in domestic and international operational forecasting for Accu-Weather Inc. in State College, PA (June 1981- June 1985).

Dale currently resides in Atlanta with his wife Joan Millett and two step daughters (Andrea and Kate). He has three children. His son Jonathon is 24 years old and holds a BA degree in Economics from the University of Georgia, and started Medical School at the Medical College of Georgia in the fall. He has two daughters. Julia is 20, graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA in the Summer of 2016 with a degree in Exercise Science. She is now attending Graduate school at Georgia Regents College in Augusta where she is striving to get her Masters in Occupational Therapy. His youngest daughter Olivia is a senior in high school and plans to attend a college in the southeast and major in nursing.

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