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2014 Awards

Department of Commerce

Bronze Medal

Scott Nahman was awarded the DoC Bronze Medal for “dedication in acquiring supercomputing services to sustain production of the Nation's operational numerical weather and climate forecast systems.”

NOAA Awards

Distinguished Career Award

Sandra Aschert was recognized with the Distinguished Career Award for Professional Achievement for "36 years of exceptional service to NOAA in improving administrative and budgetary programs and policies and for her respected and exemplary leadership."

Darien Davis was also recognized with the Distinguished Career Award for "an enduring commitment to NOAA's mission, a tenacity to succeed, and an optimistic vision of the future that drew experts from across the agency to advance NOAA IT systems."

CIRES Outstanding Performance Award in Science and Engineering

Ligia Bernardet received the prestigious CIRES Outstanding Performance Award in Science and Engineering at the 2014 CIRES Rendezvous for her excellence in scientific research, collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach, and uncommon initiatives, specifically for, "her leadership in working to unify differing versions of the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) Model."

Commendation and Thanks from NASA

A team from the Global Systems Division/Assimilation and Modeling Branch, Stan Benjamin, John Brown, Bill Moninger, Eric James, Curtis Alexander, and Steve Weygandt, was commended and thanked by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Aviation Safety Program for support and performance in providing numerical weather model data and modeling support to the program for their development and evaluation of new Integrated Alerting and Notification (IAN) concepts for the Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies (VSST) Project. The team provided NASA with numerical data from the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Model to represent the weather conditions for the NASA/IAN/VSST studies. They also provided support and expertise in aiding NASA's use of special software for accessing the formatted model data and in properly interpreting the data.