ESRL Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2011

Steven Koch to Lead NSSL

Director of ESRL’s Global Systems Division will move to National Severe Storms Laboratory

From Craig Mclean, Acting Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research:

“I’m pleased to announce that we have selected Dr. Steven Koch as Director of the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK. Steve will begin his NSSL duties on April 24.

Steve will lead a world-renowned laboratory with a research focus in weather radar, severe weather, hydrological models for water forecasting and management, and improving the way forecasters use weather models.

Steve began his career at NOAA in 2000 as Chief of the Forecast Research Division at the then-Forecast Systems Laboratory. The lab was merged into the Earth System Research Laboratory in 2006, and Steve became the acting director of the Global Systems Division the same year; the following year, he was named director.

Steve’s early work history includes teaching meteorology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and conducting research as a meteorologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

He earned his PhD from the University of Oklahoma in 1979, and earned his Master’s and bachelor’s degrees in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., in 1974 and 1972 respectively.

Please join me in congratulating Steve.

I also want to thank NSSL Deputy Director Kevin Kelleher for his work as acting NSSL Director since Jeff Kimpel retired last year, and Kurt Hondl, for his work as acting NSSL Deputy Director for Kevin.”