Pamela Emch is a Senior Staff Engineer/Scientist with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California. She works in Northrop’s Space Systems business area on weather, climate, and environmental remote sensing and information technology activities supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, and international customers. From 2005 to 2007 she was System Engineering, Integration, and Test Lead on Northrop’s GOES-R PDRR Program. Before working on GOES-R, Dr. Emch spent eight years on Northrop’s NPOESS Program effort, the last two years of which she relocated to Washington, D.C. to serve as Northrop’s system engineering and science interface to the NPOESS government program office in Silver Spring, Maryland. Prior to that Dr. Emch managed development of end-to-end physics/instrument/satellite remote sensing simulations, archives for environmental multimedia data, and led environmental data-collection and application activities for hyperspectral airborne instruments. Dr. Emch holds an M.S. degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in water resources with a minor in atmospheric sciences. She is the current Past Chair of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Board on Enterprise Economic Development, a member of the Executive Committee of the AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise, and a Cochair of the Weather Coalition.
William Gail is a Director in the Startup Business Group at Microsoft with responsibility for enabling breakthroughs in consumer software, having held similar positions within the Public Sector and Virtual Earth organizations. He is also cofounder and Chief Technology Officer of Global Weather Corporation, a private-label provider of precision weather forecast information. He was previously Vice President of the mapping products division at Vexcel Corporation (where he initiated Vexcel’s 2006 acquisition by Microsoft) and Director of Earth Science programs at Ball Aerospace, where he was responsible for developing spaceborne instruments/missions for Earth science and meteorology. Dr. Gail received his undergraduate degree in physics and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where his research focused on plasma physics in Earth’s magnetosphere. During this period, he spent a year as cosmic ray field scientist at South Pole Station. Dr. Gail has served on a number of National Research Council committees including the “Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space.” He serves on a variety of corporate and organizational boards including Peak Weather Resources Inc., Women in Aerospace, Imaging Notes magazine, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (acting), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Applied Sciences Program Advisory Group. He has published extensively on both technical and policy issues, and serves as Associate Editor for the SPIE Journal of Applied Remote Sensing and Director of Industry Relations for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. Dr. Gail received recent awards from GITA for best conference speaker and AGU for excellence in scientific journal review.
David Gochis is currently a Scientist-II at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Gochis is based in NCAR’s Research Applications Laboratory, a group that looks for research and engineering solutions to problems relevant to society. As a hydrometeorologist, he serves as a liaison between hydrologists, who traditionally have strong engineering backgrounds, and atmospheric scientists, who are typically oriented toward scientific research. His research focuses on coupled hydrological and meteorological forecasting problems. Dr. Gochis earned an M.S. in bioresources engineering from Oregon State University, with an emphasis on water resources and the agricultural applications of meteorology and atmospheric sciences. Afterward, he worked briefly for an engineering firm, designing irrigation systems and assessing water resources. He earned his Ph.D. in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona. From Arizona, he moved to NCAR to work as a postdoctoral researcher, and later became part of the organization’s permanent scientific staff. Dr. Gochis also serves as co-chair of the International CLIVAR panel on Variability of American Monsoon Systems.