AMS Elects Robert Serafin as President for 2001
AMS Names Robert Serafin as President-Elect
Robert Serafin, former director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, has been voted president-elect of the American Meteorological Society.
He will serve as president in 2001.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Serafin earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering, with a doctoral specialty in radar meteorology.
He began his career at Hazeltine Research Corporation in Plainview, New York, where he worked on the design and development of high-resolution radar systems.
After 10 years at the Illinois Institute of Technology and IIT Research Institute, he joined NCAR in 1973 to lead NCAR's Doppler radar meteorology development, as manager of the Field Observing Facility.
In 1983 Serafin became director of the Atmospheric Technology Division, which is responsible for all of NCAR's observational research and research-support facilities, used by scientists in universities and laboratories throughout the world.
In 1989 he was appointed director of NCAR.
The holder of three patents, Serafin
has published more than 50 technical and scientific papers.
He established the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology and was its coeditor for several years.
He has served on several National Research Council (NRC) panels and committees and chaired the NRC committee on the National Weather Service modernization.
He also chairs a committee that advises the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Air Force, and the National Weather Service on the nation's Doppler weather radar system.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the AMS, and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.