NOAA Names New Head of Princeton Laboratory

November 10, 2008

Venkatachalam Ramaswamy of Lawrenceville, N.J., has been named director of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J. GFDL develops prediction models, as well as conducts climate research. Ramaswamy is a NOAA scientist whose work has focused on natural and human influences on climate.

“Throughout his career, Ram has advanced our knowledge of the climate system,” said Richard W. Spinrad, NOAA assistant administrator for oceanic and atmospheric research. “As our need for the best climate data grows, we will continue to turn to GFDL for much of that information. Ram’s leadership will guide the laboratory’s direction as new and challenging questions arise.”

Ramaswamy, who is known to his colleagues as “Ram,” has been acting director of the laboratory since January 2007. He joined the GFDL research staff in 1987 and has served as a senior scientist, group leader of the Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry division, and manager of NOAA’s Climate Research and Modeling Program.

He has authored or co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and contributed to numerous national and international scientific assessments, including all of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments since 1992. His work received a number of awards, including the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medals and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Professional.

Ram holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Delhi, India. He earned his Ph.D from State University of New York at Albany.

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