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Vanda Grubišić, formerly of the University of Vienna, is a specialist in mesoscale atmospheric dynamics and has played a lead role in several major field campaigns focusing on mountain lee waves and rotors, atmospheric wakes, orographic precipitation, and other phenomena.
Before her appointment in Vienna, Grubišić was on the faculty of the Desert Research Institute. She received her doctorate in atmospheric science from Yale University in 1995, followed by a postdoctoral appointment with NCAR’s Advanced Study Program. Grubišić has served on the Policy Committee of UCAR’s Unidata program, NSF’s Advisory Committee for Geosciences, and the UCAR President’s Advisory Committee for University Relations, as well as on EOL’s Observing Facilities Assessment Panel.
Brigitte Baeuerle is the Assistant Director for Operations in NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory. She oversees the day-to-day activities of EOL, providing guidance and supervision over core operational activities in EOL, including the planning and conduct of field campaigns, overall project management, communication within and outside of the Laboratory, and coordination between different EOL Facilities and groups. As Assistant Director, Brigitte represents EOL to federal agencies and other funding organizations within the scientific and engineering communities, to the university community, and internally within NCAR and UCAR. Brigitte, who grew up in Germany, holds a MS in Oceanography from Oregon State University.
Dr. Stith is a NCAR Senior Scientist and the Facility Manager of EOL's Research Aviation Facility (RAF). He received his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1978 from the University of Washington. Before joining EOL in 1999, Dr. Stith was the Chair of the Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of North Dakota (1990 to 1999) where he held the title of Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences.
Dr. Lee is a NCAR Senior Scientist and the Facility Manager of EOL's Remote Sensing Facity (RSF). He received his bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and his MS and PhD degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lee's research focuses on the development and use of weather radar techniques to describe the structure and understand the dynamics of high-impact storms such as hurricanes, tornadoes, microbursts, and heavy rainfall systems. His research has added substantially to the knowledge of tropical cyclone evolution near landfall in the Atlantic and Pacific basins and to the vortex structure of severe tornadoes in the United States. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 journal articles and book chapters.
Terry Hock is an Engineer IV within EOL and the Facility Manager of EOL's In-situ Sensing Facility. Terry has both a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, with focus on Electromagnetic Theory. At NCAR since 1982, Terry has led several major instrumentation developments, primarily focused on dropsonde technology on manned and unmanned airborne systems. He has been involved with the dropsonde technology transfer for licensing to commercial companies, which has expanded the dropsonde technology worldwide to multiple international research institutions. Terry and his team have won numerous UCAR Technology Achievement Awards. In 2011 he won UCAR’s Distinguished Achievement and the CO-LABS High-Impact Research in Atmospheric Research awards.
Greg Stossmeister is an Associate Scientist IV within EOL and the Interim Facility Manager of EOL’s Data Management & Services Facility. Greg received his BS in Physics from Edinboro University and his MS degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. He joined NCAR in 1984 and has been part of the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division, the Research Applications Laboratory and the Joint Office for Science Support before joining EOL in 2005. He has actively participated in more than 48 national and international meteorology, chemistry, tropical cyclone, and arctic sciences field projects during his career. During his tenure at EOL, He has overseen the development and deployment of the Field Catalog, one of NCAR/EOL’s most requested facilities. He has been responsible for guiding the development of new catalog features and services. He frequently works with PIs in the field to customize the field catalog tools, products and services to meet the needs of field campaign researchers.
Jim Ranson joined NCAR in 2011 after working in the aerospace field for over two decades. Since that time, Jim has been developing instruments for a variety of platforms including aircraft, spacecraft, mobile, ground-based, and ship-borne vessels.
Jim began his engineering career at Ophir Corporation designing optical-based instruments, including radiometers, hygrometers, and LIDARS. After Ophir, he joined Coherent Technologies as a senior mechanical engineer where he continued to design LIDARS and sensors that were focused on measuring wind velocities and aerosols. Later on as a Principal Systems Engineer with Coherent, Jim was the technical lead for the development of the WindTracer(R) Doppler lidar system used at airports around the world to measure turbulence. He led the mechanical design and development of a state-of-the-art laser transmitter for a satellite program and was awarded the Lockheed Martin Exceptional Service Award in 2007.