Presenter Biographies

for the

American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Short Course On Meteorological Applications of Aircraft Weather Data

January 14, 2007


Randy Baker, Senior Meteorologist, United Parcel Service (UPS), Louisville, Kentucky

Key Duties: With UPS since 1994. Helped implement the first high-resolution ascent and descent aircraft report in 1994, and the first Water Vapor Sensing System (WVSS) installed on a commercial aircraft in 1997.

Stan Benjamin, Chief, Assimilation and Modeling Branch, NOAA/ESRL Global Systems Division, Boulder, Colorado

Key Duties:  Research meteorologist with NOAA and NCAR since 1983. Technical lead for development of Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) NOAA weather forecast model used extensively for aviation weather forecasting. Contributed to development of both data assimilation and numerical model components of the RUC. Have conducted observation impact experiments for aircraft, profiler, GPS precipitable water, radiosondes and other observation types

David Cole, Master Avionics Engineer, Continental Airlines, Houston, Texas

Key Duties: Air Data/Autopilot-Auto Throttle/Autoland-CAT II/III/Inertial Reference Systems along with Fuel Conservation programs.

David Helms, Observing System Focal Point, NOAA/NWS Office of Science and Technology, Silver Spring, Maryland

Key Duties: Coordinates technology infusion of new NOAA observing systems into operations. Phone: 301-713-3557 x193; Email:

Al Homans, Weather Information Communications (WINCOMM) Program Manager, ARINC Inc., Annapolis, Maryland

Key Duties: Directs on-going and new technology applications for the Federal Government agencies, including FAA. NASA, and NOAA, including the ARINC Meteorological Data Collection and Reporting System (MDCRS) Program.

Kevin Johnston, Chief, Aviation Services Branch, NOAA/NWS Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services, Silver Spring, Maryland

Key Duties:  Manager of NOAA’s Aviation Weather Program.

Richard Mamrosh, Lead Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS Weather Forecast Office Green Bay, Wisconsin

Key duties:  Assists with Aircraft Meteorological DAta Relay (AMDAR) training and outreach to meteorologists in NWS forecast offices and outside agencies.

Bill Moninger, Research Physicist, NOAA/ESRL Global Systems Division, Boulder, Colorado

Key Duties:  Manages the GSD AMDAR Display; Quality control of aircraft data; Observation Sensitivity Experiments; Model verification;


Ralph Petersen, Senior Research Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Key Duties:  Development of new very-short-range forecasting (nowcasting) techniques and products, focusing on the importance of mesoscale moisture variability (both vertical and horizontal). Lead of WVSS assessments and involved in TAMDAR assessment. Involvement in ASDAR and then AMDAR ("ACARS") data goes back to 1985 in U.S. and World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


Prepared by Bill Moninger,
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