NOAA’s Louis W. Uccellini Named President-Elect of the American Meteorological Society 

January 24, 2011

Louis W. Uccellini.

Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction for NOAA’s National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Md. (Credit: NOAA)

Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction for NOAA’s National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Md., has been named president-elect of the American Meteorological Society. His term begins in 2012.

“The AMS has a long history of electing internationally recognized leaders in the atmospheric and related sciences to its presidency, and Uccellini is an excellent example of that as he comes into the president-elect position this January,” said Keith Seitter, executive director of the AMS.

When he becomes president next year, Uccellini will chair the AMS Council, which is in charge of making policy decisions for the Society. The AMS Council is responsible for, among other things, conferring all society awards, approving its official position statements, and overseeing all aspects of the society's publications, scientific conferences, and other programs and initiatives. As the highest elected officer in the society, the president leads the AMS Council and works closely with the permanent staff of the AMS to ensure that its policies are implemented.

“The AMS represents the best in our field, encompassing a diverse range of scientific disciplines, service providers, national and international organizations, public and private sector activities and educational and student activities,” said Uccellini. ”It can address the current and future challenges which face us all while representing our profession with world class distinction.”

Uccellini began his weather career at the Goddard Space Flight Center's Laboratory for Atmospheres as the section head for the mesoscale analysis and modeling section in 1978. In 1989, he began working for the NWS as chief of its meteorological operations division and became director of its office of meteorology in 1994.

In his current position as director of the NCEP, Uccellini is responsible for directing and planning the science, technology and operations related to NCEP’s Central Operations and Environmental Modeling Center, as well as seven national centers including the National Hurricane Center in Miami and the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

Louis W. Uccellini.

Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction for NOAA’s National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Md.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Uccellini has made significant contributions to his field through numerous publications which ranged from topics like severe weather and snowstorms to gravity waves and jet streaks. Among his most notable publications is the widely acclaimed 2-volume book, Northeast Snowstorms. Some of his biggest accomplishments include the establishment of the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation, integration of the Space Weather Prediction Center into NCEP operations, development of the Climate Forecast System and the recent expansion of the global ocean, regional coastal and Great Lakes prediction systems.

Uccellini is a Fellow of the AMS and was the recipient of its prestigious Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award in 1985. Other past awards received in recognition of his research and operational achievements include the Maryland Academy of Sciences’ Distinguished Young Scientist Award, NASA’s Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, the National Weather Association's Research Achievement Awards for Significant Contributions to Operational Meteorology and the U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive Service.

Founded in 1919, AMS promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. AMS has a membership of more than 14,000 professionals, professors, students and weather enthusiasts.

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