December 4, 2019
GSD Director Jennifer Mahoney has been selected as this year's winner of the CSU Atmospheric Science Department Outstanding Alum award. Jennifer received her M.S. from the department in 1992, studying with Prof. Tom McKee who nominated her for the award. Her thesis was entitled Synoptic and Mesoscale Features in Colorado Winter Storms: A Climatology.
Jennifer has been a NOAA employee since before she began at CSU and has risen steadily through the ranks of NOAA leadership. She recently assumed the position of Director of ESRL's Global Systems Division (one of four divisions at the Earth Systems Research Lab), where she oversees over 230 Research Scientists and Engineers. In her numerous leadership roles in GSD over the years she has built and strengthened relationships with stakeholders such as the NWS and FAA to align GSD research with operational needs and objectives. Jennifer was part of the GSD management team that successfully developed and then transitioned the High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model into operations where it is now the premier short term forecast model used by NOAA and by the FAA for aviation weather, one example from her extensive track record of transitioning scientific advances into operations. She has received numerous awards over the years, including a 2016 NOAA Research Employee of the Year Award for Leadership.
For more information contact: Susan Cobb 303-497-5093