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Distinguished Alumni

The following University of Utah alumni have been recognized by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences for their outstanding contributions and service to the Atmospheric Sciences profession.  This list of distinguished alumni includes research scientists, professional meteorologists, veterans, and entrepreneurs.  Please contact the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at atmos-office@lists.utah.edu if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for the annual Distinguished Alumni Award.  We invite our Distinguished Alumni Award winner to be the keynote speaker at our annual awards banquet, which is held the day before spring commencement. 

 

Ping Yang (2017)

Degree: Ph.D. (1995) Meteorology

Current Position: Professor and Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A & M University

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Ethan Greene (2016)

Degree: B.S. (1997) Meteorology

Current Position: Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC)

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Steven A. Root

Steven A. Root (2015)

Degrees: B.S. (1976), M.S. (1980) Meteorology

Current Position: Chief Analytics Officer and Senior VP of Sales at AccuWeather, Inc.

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John (Jack) E. Hales, Jr.

John E. Jack Hales (2014)

Degrees: B.S. (1965), M.S. (1967) Meteorology 

Current Position: Lead Forecaster, Storm Prediction Center, National Weather Service, Norman, OK (Retired)

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Kristi Gebhart

Kristi Gebhart (2013)

Degrees: B.S. (1979), M.S. (1981) Meteorology

Current Position: Research Physical Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University

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S. Edward Boselly

S. Edward Boselly (2012)

Degree: M.S. (1968) Meteorology

Current Position: Owner, Weather Solutions Group (Retired)

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Anderson, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Anderson (2011)

Degree: B.S. (1984) Meteorology

Current Position: Senior Scientist Section Head, Data Assimilation Research Section, National Center for Atmospheric Research

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Qiang Fu

Qiang Fu (2010)

Degree: Ph.D. (1991) Meteorology

Current Position: Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington

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Dell Vaughn McDonald

Dell Vaughn McDonald (2009)

Degree: B.S. (1960), M.S. (1966) Meteorology

Current Position: Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Air Force (Retired), President and CEO of Home Health Services, Inc. (Retired), Volunteer with the Road Home and the Housing Authority of Salt Lake County

Awards:2016 Jack Gallivan Legacy Award Utah Housing Coalition

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Patrick Minnis

Patrick Minnis (2008)

Degree: Ph.D. (1991) Meteorology

Current Position: Senior Research Scientist, Science Directorate, NASA Langley Research Center

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Kim (Waldron) Walsh

Kim (Waldron) Walsh (2007)

Degrees: M.S. (1991), Ph.D. (1994) Meteorology

Current Position: Colonel U.S. Air Force (Retired), Faculty National Defense University (Retired)

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George Wilkerson

George Wilkerson (2006)

Degree: B.S. (1985) Meteorology

Current Position: Director Monitoring Services, Meteorological Solutions, Inc.

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Vince Salomonson

Vincent Salomonson (2005)

Degree: B.S. (1960) Meteorology

Current Position: Research Professor, Departments of Atmospheric Sciences and Geography, University of Utah

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Larry Dunn

Larry Dunn (2004)

Degrees: B.S. (1979), Ph.D. (1993) Meteorology

Current Position: Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service, Salt Lake City Forecast Office (Retired)

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Dan Pope

Dan Pope (2003)

Degree: B.S. (1984) Meteorology

Current Position: Chief Meteorologist, ABC-4 TV, Salt Lake City, UT

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William Alder

William Alder (2002)

Degrees: B.S. (1964), M.S. (1966) Meteorology

Current Position: Chief Information Officer at Sun Peak Capital, Salt Lake City, UT; Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service, Salt Lake City Forecast Office (Retired)

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Fred Lewis

Fred Lewis (2002)

Degrees: B.S. (1973), Ph.D. (1979) Meteorology

Current Position: Director of Policy and Resources, Office of
Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Awards: 2016 University of Utah Distinguished Alumni Award

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Mark Eubank

Mark Eubank (2001)

Degree: B.S. (1971) Meteorology

Current Position: Chief Meteorologist, KSL-TV Channel 5, Salt Lake City, UT (Retired)

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Sandy MacDonald

A. E. (Sandy) MacDonald (2001)

Degrees: M.S. (1973), Ph.D. (1975) Meteorology

Current Position: Chief Science Advisor for NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Director of the Earth System Research Laboratory, President of American Meteorological Society (2015)

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Last Updated: 7/7/17