2 May 13
CIRES Outstanding Performance Award
Congratulations to Julien Lynge for being named the 2013 CIRES Outstanding Performance/Science and Engineering Award winner. Julien, of GSD's Technology Outreach Branch, is cited for his work on TerraViz, an innovative graphical interface for visualizing massive physical datasets in real time.

31 Jan 13
NOAA Research Employee of the Year
David K. Himes was posthumously awarded the 2012 NOAA Research Employee of the Year (Individual) for his work developing and sustaining Science on a Sphere®.

The "Benjamin Group" of ESRL/GSD, headed by Stan Benjamin, was honored as the NOAA Research Employee of the Year (Group) for 2012. This Employee of the Year award recognizes NOAA Research employees who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of excellence in the operations or programs of NOAA Research. The team was "responsible for the development, integration, and transition of the next generation of NOAA's hourly North American prediction, a foundation for realizing NOAA's 'Weather Ready Nation' strategies as well as position NOAA for emerging service areas."

13 July 11
NOAA Administrator's Award
Congratulations to Seth I. Gutman for being among the recipients of the prestigious NOAA Administrator's Award for "long-term leadership in establishing a national ground-based GPS observing network for measuring and monitoring atmospheric water vapor."

22 Apr 11
CIRA Service Award
Congratulations to Dr. Craig Tierney of ESRL’s Global Systems Division for being selected as a recipient for the CIRES Outstanding Performance Award “Service Category”! Dr. Konrad Steffen (Director of CIRES) presented Craig with his award during a ceremony at the CIRES Rendezvous on April 22nd.

15 Apr 10
CIRES Bronze Medals
For their roles in developing the first NCEP operational radar reflectivity assimilation technique and improving convective storm forecasting, CIRES awarded Bronze Medals to Curtis Alexander, Ming Hu, and Tatiana Smirnova.

15 Apr 10
CIRES Service Award
Steve Peckham receive the CIRES Service Award for helping to develop and provide support to the complex modeling system, WRF-Chem.  This system, the topic of many national and international publications, allows research of extreme relevance to current environmental challenges, especially relating to air quality and global climate change.

12 Mar 10
GSD Bronze Medal Winners

The Bronze medal is one of the highest honors that can be granted by the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere (NOAA Administrator). Congratulations to this year's winners from GSD:

  • Stephen S. Weygandt, Stanley G. Benjamin, John M. Brown, Geoffrey Manikin (NWS), and Geoffrey J. DiMego (NWS) for developing the first NCEP operational radar reflectivity assimilation technique and improving convective storm forecasting.
  • Seth I. Gutman, Daniel J. Gottas (ESRL/PSD), Paul J. Neiman (PSD), David R. Reynolds (NWS), and Allen B. White (PSD) for innovative contributions to the development of the Coastal Atmospheric River Monitoring and Early Warning System.

28 Aug 09
2009 Technology Transfer Award

Tracy L. Hansen, Thomas J. LeFebvre, Mark A. Mathewson, and Mike Romberg received the 2009 Technology Transfer Award for continuing improvements to the Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE) allowing the system to be used in River Forecast and National Centers, as well as for tailoring GFE systems for the meteorological agencies of Taiwan and Australia.

July 09
2009 CIRA Research and Service Initiative Award
Please congratulate the following employees who received the 2009 CIRA Research and Service Initiative Award:

  • Jacques Middlecoff and Ning Wang . . . for outstanding performance as an integral part of the development of GSD's state-of-the-art global weather and climate prediction model.
  • Sher Schranz . . . for outstanding leadership of researchers and software developers in the design, development, testing, deployment, and operational support for FX-Net, Gridded FX-Net and Fire Weather Projects.

17 Feb 09
2008 NOAA General Counsel Awards
Each year, the NOAA Office of the General Counsel recognizes attorneys, support staff, line and staff office personnel, and other Federal Agency employees for their exceptional performance and contribution to the NOAA Office of the General Counsel. GSD congratulates Bill Bendel, a co-recipient of this award for his contributions to the Ocean Hall Team. Bill led the successful installation of NOAA's Science On a Sphere®, the showpiece and heart of the Ocean Hall exhibit at the Smithsonian Sant Ocean Systems Gallery (

10 Feb 09
Federal 100 Winner

Congratulations are in order for Eric Hackathorn of ESRL's GSD, one of Federal Computer Week's 2008 "Federal 100." Eric has been instrumental in developing NOAA's presence in the online world "Second Life." Virtual worlds allow their users to project a nonphysical representation of themselves – an avatar – into a generated three-dimensional Web presence, and interact with other participants. Eric also is recognized for his lead in building collaborations between other federal and intergovernmental agencies in the virtual worlds arena.

Dec 08
Steve Albers receives the R. R. Newton Award for Scientific History
Steve Albers proposed the fruitful idea of consulting historical satellite-search ms records of then-known planets when near geocentric conjunction with then-unknown planets, to find unwitting observations of the latter — an idea that led to Charles Kowal's world-famous 1980 find of Galileo's 1613 Neptune sightings.

26 Sep 08
Koch and Bullock elected AMS Fellows

GSD Director Steve Koch and GSD/Information Systems Branch Chief Carl Bullock have been Elected Fellows of the American Meteorological Society.

26 Aug 08
OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Awards 2008

This year, two papers co-authored by members of ESRL's Global Systems Division (GSD) were among those selected for the NOAA OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award. GSD joins Dr. Rick Spinrad, Assistant Administrator, OAR, in congratulating co-authors Tracy Lorraine Smith, Stanley G. Benjamin, Seth I. Gutman, and Susan Sahm on this significant achievement. Additionally, GSD congratulates Seth Gutman and coauthors on another OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper of 2008.

23 Jul 08
Technology Transfer Award

A four-member team from GSD, which includes John A. McGinley, John R. Smart, Linda S. Wharton, and Daniel L. Birkenheuer, has been selected as the recipient of the 2008 NOAA Technology Transfer Award in recognition of the LAPS technology transfer to support development and implementation of the Precision Airdrop System that improves airdrop activities worldwide.

15 Jul 08
NOAA Research Receives Virtual Learning Prize

The New Media Consortium (NMC) honors Eric Hackathorn of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory with one of the 2008 Virtual Learning Prizes for his "Exploring Weather and Climate Change Through a Climate Time Line," a proposal that will be developed by NMC for NOAA's Second Life virtual world.

23 May 08
2008 CIRA Research Initiative Award Winners

Information and Technology Services/Data Systems Group's Paul Hamer and Aviation Branch/Advanced Computing Section's Jeff Smith have been named two winners of CIRA's 2008 Research Initiative Award.

17 Oct 07
2007 OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award
GSD's Seth Gutman is a co-author on one of the 2007 OAR Outstanding Scientific Papers. The awards were announced by OAR Director Rick Spinrad, and include:

F. Martin Ralph, Paul J. Neiman, Gary A. Wick, Seth I. Gutman, Michael D. Dettinger, Daniel R. Cayan, and Allen B. White, 2006: Flooding on California's Russian River: Role of atmospheric rivers. Geophysical Research Letters, 33: L13801, doi: 10.1029/2006GL026689.

05 Oct 07
New ESRL/GSD-managed Computer Room Recognized by Silver Hard Hat Award

The new computing facility housing a NOAA supercomputer and managed by ESRL's Global Systems Division in Boulder, CO has been named "Outstanding Mechanical/Electrical Project" by Colorado Construction magazine.

20 Jul 07
Jebb Stewart receives the 2007 CIRA Research Initiative Award

The award is in recognition of Jebb's technical leadership in the system design and development of enabling technology for the Gridded FX-Net System.

26 Apr 07
Jim Frimel - 2007 Distinguished Administrative Professional Award from Colorado State University

Jim is being recognized for his work on the team developing the Volcanic Ash Coordination Tool (VACT).

23 Mar 07
FX-Net Project Researchers Honored

Sher Schranz, FX-Net Project Manager, and Jebb Stewart, Development Lead, were cited by NWS "In Recognition of your leadership to ensure operational excellence via innovative development and maintenance of critical software for [NWS Incident Meteorologists]."

6 Feb 07
2006 Bronze Medal Recipients

Steve Ennis, Mike Kraus, Sandy MacDonald, Mark Mathewson, Greg Pratt, Lynn Sherretz, and Sara Summers all received 2006 Bronze Medal Awards for their dedicated service to NOAA.

19 Dec 06
2006 GSD Web Awards

29 Sep 06
GPSMet Team Receives DOC Gold Medal Award for 2006

The team is honored for its development of Global Positioning System (GPS) meteorology.

13 Jul 06
2005 OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award

A paper by Stan Benjamin and co-authors describing the Rapid Update Cycle analysis system and discussing some issues associated with high-frequency data assimilation cycling has received one of the 2005 OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Awards.

15 Dec 05
2005 GSD Web Awards

9 Dec 05
2005 OAR Employee of the Year for Public Service: Dr. Bill Moninger

GSD's Bill Moninger has been named 2005 OAR Employee of the Year for Public Service for his work to collect and effectively utilize weather data collected by commercial aircraft.

17 Nov 05
GSD's FX-Net Team Receives Fire Weather Honor Award

At the National Predictive Services Annual Meeting, the FX-Net Team received an Honor Award from the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service's Predictive Services Program.

14 Oct 05

GSD's TAMDAR team received an award for "outstanding contributions to aviation weather safety research and development" at the recent NASA Aviation Weather Accident Prevention Project Review.

24 May 05
John Brown Honored with NASA Group Achievement Award

Dr. John Brown, along with colleagues from several NASA laboratories, served on a board to investigate the crash of Helios, a solar-powered "flying wing" Remotely Piloted Aircraft that suffered structural failure and fell into the Pacific Ocean during a long-duration test flight on June 26, 2003.

11 May 05
Technology Transfer Award

A nine-member team from FSL has been selected as the recipient of the 2005 NOAA Technology Transfer Award for its work on the design, development, integration, testing, and implementation of the RSA (Range Standardization and Automation) Weather System, now running at the Eastern and Western Ranges.

6 May 05
NOAA Administrator's Award

Leslie Hart, HPCS management team lead, and Scott Nahman, logistics management specialist, are part of a group selected to receive a 2005 NOAA Administrator's Award for their "extraordinary efforts, dedication, and teamwork to develop and issue integrated requirements for a NOAA high performance computer system that realistically demonstrates our One-NOAA vision."

30 Apr 05
NOAA Administrator's Award

FSL researchers Paul Schultz and Patricia Miller are among a group selected to receive a 2005 NOAA Administrator's Award for their work supporting development of improved weather products and services to support the nation's surface transportation system.

13 Dec 04
2004 FSL Web Awards

21 Oct 04
NOAA Research Recognized for Excellence in Aviation Product Development

15 Oct 04
Three FSL Team Members Receive the 2004 NOAA Bronze Medal

Herb Grote and Darien Davis of FSL's Systems Development Division, and Mike Romberg of the Modernization Division, are among a group of nine NOAA staff cited for "developing and national deploying the AWIPS Linux Migration Project thereby reducing hardware, maintenance, and operations costs and improving warning lead times by nearly two minutes."

24 June 04
Dr. Stephen Weygandt received an award at the First Annual Postdoctoral Poster Symposium

12 Feb 04
Nita Fullerton Wins NOAA Research Employee of the Year Award

12 Jan 04
Stan Benjamin Elected as AMS Fellow

12 Dec 03
2003 FSL Web Awards

27 Oct 03
Joanne Edwards Receives Certificate of Recognition

24 Oct 03
GFESuite Team 2003 Bronze Medal Ceremony

The four members of FSL's GFESuite Team, Mark Mathewson, Tom LeFebvre, Tracy Hansen, and Mike Romberg, were recipients of one of the 2003 Department of Commerce Bronze Medals, For leadership in creating software to allow all Weather Service offices to generate high-resolution, digital and graphical forecasts in real-time operations.

Leon Benjamin Receives NOAA Team Member of the Month Award

23 Oct 03
Dan Shaffer Receives Award at NOAA Tech for "Prototype of a NOAA computational Grid"

21 Oct 03
Jim Holitza Receives Department of Commerce Silver Medal

20 Oct 03
Sandy MacDonald Finalist for 2003 Tech Museum Award

01 Apr 03
Spengler Award to Brent Shaw

10 Dec 02
2002 FSL Web Awards

10 Apr 01
2001 FSL Web Awards

28 Sep 00
Congratulations to the Aviation Weather Research Program (AWRP)

The AWRP's Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) has been selected as a winner of a 2000 Government Technology Leadership Award.

27 Sep 00
Congratulations to FSL's NOAA Research Employee of the Year

OAR's Personnel Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) has announced its selections for the fiscal year 2000 NOAA Research Employees of the Year. Included among the award recipients is FSL's Secretary to the Director, Ms. Jenny Martinez. Congratulations, Jenny!

21 Dec 99
More FSL Award Winners

Congratulations to FSL staff for the following awards:

  • the AWIPS Project Management Group (Denny Walts, Carl Bullock, Darien Davis, Joe Wakefield, and Herb Grote), representing the entire FSL AWIPS Team - DoC Gold Medal;
  • Rhonda Lange - representing FSL on the DSRC Common Space Committee - DoC Bronze Medal;
  • Demonstration Division staff (Margot Ackley, Russ Chadwick, Seth Gutman, Kirk Holub, and Nicole Radziwill) - representing the Maritime Differential GPS Service Team/Nationwide Differential GPS Team - Hammer Award;
  • Jim Holitza and Sandi Aschert - representing FSL on the NOAA Transition Team - Certificate of Appreciation;

15 Nov 99
Award to NOAA/Boulder Networking Group

The Department of Commerce Bronze Medal award proposed for the primary members of the NOAA/Boulder Networking Group responsible for the David Skaggs Research Center building network has been approved. Three members of that group are Bob Clark and Brian Moore of FSL and Jerry Janssen, formerly of FSL. Everyone will receive an individual medal. The award ceremony will be in Washington DC on December 14th, 1999. Congratulations to Bob, Brian, and Jerry!

30 Sep 99
Congratulations to FSL's Web Awards Winners

At the FSL all-hands meeting on September 9, 1999, the first ever FSL Web Awards winners were announced. The categories and winners in each category were: Most Improved: Demonstration Division Homepage; Best Appearance: The International Division Homepage; Best Product: The ADDS page; Best Electronic Presentation: Satellite Page; Best Internal Use: FICS Product Monitor (restricted to FSL). Our congratulations to the web authors whose work has been recognized with these awards.

11 Jun 99
AWIPS Awards

FSL director Dr. Sandy MacDonald reported that AWIPS has won its category, "Environment, Energy, and Agriculture," in the recent Computerworld Smithsonian Institution Awards for best and most innovative technology. The accompanying write up notes that FSL and D2D were significant factors in the award. Visit the Computerworld Smithsonian Program's 1999 Briefing Room to access the case study for the Award (follow the "View the 1999 Finalists" link).

04 Dec 98
OAR Awards to FSL Colleagues

The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research in NOAA has announced the OAR Bronze Medal Awards. Among the recipients was a team from FSL responsible for development of the Rapid Update Cycle, Version 2 (RUC-2), an hourly analysis and prediction system, and its implementation into operations at NCEP. The RUC-2 is superior to the previous version in several aspects: frequency of assimilation (hourly instead of three-hourly), spatial resolution (40 km and 40 levels in the vertical instead of 60 km and 25 levels), sophistication of model physics, and overall performance.

The government employees receiving this award are Stan Benjamin, John Brown, Barry Schwartz, and Tom Schlatter from FSL and Lauren Morone and Geoff DiMego from NCEP. Equal contributions to the RUC-2 development and implementation were made by their colleagues, working through NOAA Cooperative Institutes: Kevin Brundage (CIRA), Tracy Lorraine Smith (CIRA), and Tanya Smirnova (CIRES). They deserve equal credit for this award. Congratulations to everyone.

20 Nov 98
Outstanding Scientific Paper Award

Dr. Gerald Browning has recently received the Environmental Research Laboratories' Outstanding Scientific Paper Award for the following work:

Browning, G.L. and H.O. Kreiss, "The Role of Gravity Waves in Slowly Varying in Time Mesoscale Motions," Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 54, 9 1166 - 1184 (1997).

21 Nov 97
Bronze Medal Winner

Congratulations to John Snook and FSL. John was one of about 12 people who received a Bronze Medal for the NWS support of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. John was the only FSL person to be included among the award winners. This award is a tribute to both John and all in FSL who contributed to this effort.