Dr. Susan K. Avery is vice chancellor and dean at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Avery received her Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois. She served as assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana; professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Colorado; and associate dean of research and graduate education, College of Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Dr. Avery has broad interests in upper-atmosphere dynamics, Doppler-radar techniques for observing the atmosphere, and the application of weather and climate information for decision support. From 2002 to 2003, she assisted the U.S. Climate Change Science Program in drafting its strategic plan; she was particularly instrumental in shaping the chapter on decision support, a new emphasis for the program. Dr. Avery is the current president of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She is a past officer of the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Dr. Avery receives research support from NSF and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Dr. Howard B. Bluestein is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, where he has served since 1976. He received his Ph.D. in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests are the observation and physical understanding of weather phenomena on convective, mesoscale, and synoptic scales. Dr. Bluestein is a fellow of the AMS and of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies. He is past chair of the NSF Observing Facilities Advisory Panel, the AMS Committee on Severe Local Storms, and UCAR’s Scientific Program Evaluation Committee, a past member of the AMS Board of Meteorological and Oceanographic Education in Universities, and a former member of the NRC Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC). He is also the author of a textbook on synoptic-dynamic meteorology and of Tornado Alley, a book for the scientific layperson on severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
Dr. Elbert W. (Joe) Friday is currently the WeatherNews Chair of Applied Meteorology and Director of Sasaki Applied Meteorology Research Institute at the University of Oklahoma. Most recently, he was director of the NRC BASC from 1998 to 2002, and senior scholar from 2002 to 2003. In the previous year, he served as the assistant administrator for research for NOAA. From 1988 to 1997, he was director of the National Weather Service, serving during its extensive modernization. During this same period, he served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Meteorological Organization. Dr. Friday completed a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1981 as a colonel. He is a fellow of the AMS and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of