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Dr. Michael Farrar Named Director of EMC

Mon, 2016/08/08 - 1:51pm -- shawn
Dr. Michael Farrar

Congratulations to Meteorology alum Dr. Michael Farrar (Ph.D. 1997) on being named Director of NCEP's Environmental Modeling Center, more commonly known as EMC, effective August 7.

Mike comes to EMC from the NWS Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL) where he has served as Director since April 2014. At EMC, Mike will play a key role in ensuring that NCEP's operational environmental numerical modeling systems meet the operational requirements of NOAA, NWS and the U.S. weather, water, and climate enterprise. One of his highest priorities over the next several years will be bringing the NOAA/NWS Next Generation Global Prediction System into operations.

In addition to serving as MDL Director, Mike was detailed to NOAA's Office of Atmospheric Research (OAR) as Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes from March - July 2016, where he oversaw all seven of OAR's Laboratories and represented OAR at several NOAA forums.

As MDL Director, Mike led a 75-person lab that develops and enhances critical applications, tools, techniques and products that enable NWS forecasters to perform their around-the-clock weather forecast mission. These activities include statistical post-processing of NWS models (including applications for Aviation), probabilistic storm surge modeling, NWS' National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD), NOAA's Virtual Lab, and transitions of external R&D into NWS operations.

Mike came to the NWS in 2012 as Chief of the Program Management Branch of the NWS Office of Science and Technology, where he led an organization that managed a wide portfolio of programs and projects for operations, maintenance and upgrades of several critical NWS observation, dissemination, and processing systems.

He had previously spent two years as the Vice President of Strategic Development for Science and Technology Corporation (STC), which provided scientific and technical support services to NASA, NOAA, the Department of Defense, and other government and private-sector customers.

Mike's public service career includes more than two decades in the United States Air Force (USAF) as a career meteorologist, retiring in 2010 as a Colonel. His USAF career included leadership positions in operational weather forecasting, weather modeling and other scientific development, program management, system acquisition, satellite processing, training, budgeting, strategic planning, policy, and external collaboration with other U.S. and international partners.

Mike holds Doctorate and Master of Science degrees in meteorology from Florida State University, where his research focused on satellite-based passive microwave radiometry. He is a distinguished graduate from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University, with a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Purdue University.

(from the NOAA NWS Environmental Modeling Center Facebook page)