ESRL Global Systems Division

2009 - 2005 Awards

2009 Awards

NOAA Technology Transfer Award

Tracy L. Hansen, Thomas J. LeFebvre, Mark A. Mathewson, and Mike Romberg were awarded the NOAA Technology Transfer Award for continuing improvements to the Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE) allowing the system to be used in River Forecast and National Centers, as well as for tailoring GFE systems for the meteorological agencies of Taiwan and Australia.

R.R. Newton Award for Scientific History

Steve Albers proposed the fruitful idea of consulting historical satellite-search ms records of then-known planets when near geocentric conjunction with then-unknown planets, to find unwitting observations of the latter — an idea that led to Charles Kowal’s world-famous 1980 find of Galileo’s 1613 Neptune sightings.

CIRA Research and Service Initiative Award

Jacques Middlecoff and Ning Wang won this award for outstanding performance as an integral part of the development of GSD's state-of-the-art global weather and climate prediction model.

Sher Schranz was also a winner for outstanding leadership of researchers and software developers in the design, development, testing, deployment, and operational support for FX-Net, Gridded FX-Net and Fire Weather Projects.

2008 Awards

Federal 100

Eric Hackathorn was named one of Federal Computer Week’s "Federal 100" for developing NOAA’s presence in the online world "Second Life." Eric is also recognized for his lead in building collaborations between other federal and intergovernmental agencies in the virtual worlds' arena.

NOAA General Counsel Award

Bill Bendel received this honor as a co-recipient for his contributions to the Ocean Hall Team. Bill led the successful installation of NOAA’s Science On a Sphere®, the showpiece and heart of the Ocean Hall exhibit at the Smithsonian Sant Ocean Systems Gallery.

CIRA Research Initiative Award

Paul Hamer was given the CIRA Research Initiative Award for developing and supporting the Object Data System software architecture that underlies the success of the Central Facility data system of the NOAA ESRL Global Systems Division.

Jeff Smith also received this award for significantly impacting the Global Systems Division in respect to web applications, web services, and java programming.

Outstanding Scientific Paper

Tracy Lorraine Smith, Stanley G. Benjamin, Seth I. Gutman, and Susan Sahm were honored for their work on their paper "Short-range forecast impact from assimilation of GPS-IPW observations into the Rapid Update Cycle."

Seth Gutman was also honored for his contribution to another paper, "Radiosonde humidity corrections and potential AIRS moisture accuracy," with other co-authors.

American Meteorology Society Fellows

GSD Director Steve Koch and GSD/Information Systems Branch Chief Carl Bullock have been Elected Fellows of the American Meteorological Society.

The New Media Consortium (NMC) Virtual World Award

Eric Hackathorn has been honored for his "Exploring Weather and Climate Change Through a Climate Time Line," a proposal that will be developed by New Media Consortium for NOAA’s Second Life virtual world.

2007 Awards

NOAA Technology Transfer Award

A four-member team, which includes John A. McGinley, John R. Smart, Linda S. Wharton, and Daniel L. Birkenheuer, has been selected as the recipient of the NOAA Technology Transfer Award in recognition of the LAPS technology transfer to support development and implementation of the Precision Airdrop System that improves airdrop activities worldwide.

Colorado State University Distinguished Administrative Professional Award

Jim Frimel is being recognized for his work on the team developing the Volcanic Ash Coordination Tool (VACT).

CIRA Research Initiative Award

Jebb Stewart was given the CIRA Research Initiative Award for his technical leadership in the system design and development of enabling technology for the Gridded FX-Net System.

National Weather Service Certificate of Recognition

FX-Net Project's Sher Schranz and Jebb Stewart were honored in recognition of their leadership to ensure operational excellence via innovative development and maintenance of critical software for Incident Meteorologists (IMETS).

Outstanding Scientific Paper

Seth Gutman was honored as a co-author on one of OAR's Outstanding Scientific Papers: " Flooding on California's Russian River: Role of atmospheric rivers."

Silver Hard Hat

The new computing facility housing a NOAA supercomputer and managed by ESRL's Global Systems Division in Boulder, CO has been named "Outstanding Mechanical/Electrical Project" by Colorado Construction magazine.

2006 Awards

Department of Commerce Gold Medal

The GPSMet Team, Seth I. Gutman, Kirk L. Holub, Stanley G. Benjamin, and Susan R. Sahm, received the DoC Gold Medal for the development of Global Positioning System (GPS) meteorology, a new low cost upper-air observing system that uses GPS to continuously measure the total amount of water vapor in the atmosphere. The team successfully demonstrated new applications for GPS meteorology that are essential to NOAA’s Integrated Earth Observing System/Global Earth Observing System of Systems. Their efforts have advanced weather forecasting, climate monitoring, and atmospheric research by providing a new way to monitor atmospheric water vapor.

NOAA Bronze Medal

Steve Ennis, was a co-recipient of the NOAA Bronze Medal for voluntary service provided during FEMA post-disaster relief operations after multiple hurricane strikes in 2005.

Mike Kraus and Alexander MacDonald, among other team recipients, were given the NOAA Bronze Medal for their role in designing and implementing the consolidation of six research organizations in Boulder, CO into the new NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory.

Mark Mathewson, as part of a team that "developed and deployed a new software warning tool which codifies and permits automated delivery of NWS warning products to users" was given the the NOAA Bronze Medal.

Greg Pratt and Lynn Sherretz received the NOAA Bronze Medal in recognition for "their work in developing the Volcanic Ash Collaboration Tool, a new tool which provides forecasting capabilities during volcanic eruptions and is essential to preventing volcanic ash damage to lives and property."

Sara Summers also received a NOAA Bronze Medal as member of a team recognized for "demonstrating the usefulness of unmanned aircraft systems in accomplishing NOAA’s mission, including operational research goals."

2005 Awards

NOAA Administrator's Award

Leslie Hart and Scott Nahman received the NOAA Administrator's Award for their "extraordinary efforts, dedication, and teamwork in developing and issuing integrated requirements for a NOAA high performance computer system that realistically demonstrates our One-NOAA vision."

Paul Schultz and Patricia Miller also received the NOAA Administrator's Award for their work supporting the development of improved weather products and services that support the nation’s surface transportation system.

NOAA Technology Transfer Award

Daniel Birkenheuer, Darien Davis, Herb Grote, John McGinley, Paul Schultz, John Smart, Joseph Wakefield, Linda Wharton, and Susan Williams were recognized for their work on the design, development, integration, testing, and implementation of the RSA (U.S. Air Force Range Standardization and Automation) Weather Support System, now running at the space launch sites at Cape Canaveral, FL and Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. The RSA is a customized AWIPS system for the specific needs of launching space vehicles.

NASA Awards

The TAMDAR Team received an award for "outstanding contributions to aviation weather safety research and development" at the recent NASA Aviation Weather Accident Prevention Project Review.

John Brown, along with colleagues from several NASA laboratories, received a NASA Group Achievement Award for serving on a board to investigate the crash of Helios, a solar-powered “flying wing” Remotely Piloted Aircraft that suffered structural failure and fell into the Pacific Ocean during a long-duration test flight on June 26, 2003.

OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award

A paper by Stan Benjamin, Dezsö Dévényi, Steve Weygandt, Kevin Brundage, John Brown, Georg Grell, Dongsoo Kim, Barry Schwartz, Tatiana Smirnova, and Tracy Lorraine Smith describing the Rapid Update Cycle analysis system and discussing some issues associated with high-frequency data assimilation cycling has received one of the 2005 OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Awards.

OAR Employee of the Year

Bill Moninger has been named the 2005 OAR Employee of the Year for Public Service for his work to collect and effectively utilize weather data collected by commercial aircraft.

National Predictive Services Fire Weather Honor

The FX-Net Team, Sher Schranz and Jebb Stewart received recognition for "significant contributions to the Predictive Services Program. FX-Net has proven to be a reliable, cost-effective, and cutting edge system for providing meteorological information to predictive services meteorologists."