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Pamela Emch

Engineering Fellow

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Pamela Emch is an Engineering Fellow with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. She works in Northrop's Space Systems Division on weather, climate, and environmental remote sensing and IT activities supporting NOAA, NASA, the Department of Defense, and additional customers. In over 30 years at Northrop Grumman (and formerly TRW), she has held a variety of science, engineering, management, and business development positions.

Dr. Emch has experience managing end-to-end satellite-based remote sensing requirements and sensor design analysis, modeling and simulation, and geophysical product assessment. She has also led environmental data collection and application activities for airborne sensors. She was system engineering, integration, and test lead on Northrop's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R PDRR Program. Prior to that she worked on the NPOESS (National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System) Program, including two years in Washington, D.C. where she served as Northrop's system engineering and science interface to the government program office.

Dr. Emch has a B.A. in mathematics from UCLA and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from USC. Her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from UCLA was focused on water resources, with a minor in atmospheric science. She is the future chair of the American Meteorological Society's Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise. She was a member of the U.S. National Research Council Committee on the Assessment of the National Weather Service's Modernization Program and she currently serves on the NRC Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate.

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Mark Jackson

Meteorologist in Charge

Oxnard National Weather Service office, NOAA

Mark Jackson is Meteorologist in Charge at NOAA's National Weather Service office in Oxnard, California, serving Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. Mark has a B.S. in Meteorology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

He started his career at NOAA's Forecast Systems Laboratory prior to entering the NWS as a Science and Operations Officer in Brownsville, Texas. He then worked as a regional scientist for the NWS Pacific Region Headquarters, then as the Science and Operations Officer for the NWS in Salt Lake City, Utah, before becoming the MIC in Oxnard in 2005. Over the span of his nearly-20-year NWS career, Mark has served on numerous scientific and programmatic teams, including serving on the team to create the most recent NWS Strategic Plan.

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Russell H. Boudreau

VP Coastal Engineering

Moffatt & Nichol

Mr. Boudreau has over 30 years of experience in coastal and ocean engineering. He is a Vice President and Senior Coastal Engineer with Moffatt & Nichol in Long Beach, California. His responsibilities have included planning, engineering, and construction management for a broad range of beach nourishment, shoreline protection and enhancement, regional sediment management, wetland restoration, water quality and navigation improvement projects in the U.S., and throughout the Pacific Rim.

Mr. Boudreau is a registered civil engineer in the states of California and Hawaii, and has a Master of Engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He also serves as the West Coast Vice President on the Executive Board of Directors of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.

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Kevin Bryan

Senior Principal Geologist

Leighton Consulting

Kevin Bryan has more than 25 years of diverse project management and consulting experience in the geotechnical, environmental, and land development fields. He supports and directs staff implementing environmental investigation and remediation programs throughout California. His experience includes feasibility studies for planning purposes and geotechnical investigations to develop grading and foundation recommendations for site-specific public and private sector projects and infrastructure and large acreage master planned developments.

Mr. Bryan has been responsible for managing a multi-state programmatic environmental health and safety audit program that encompassed all divisions of an international design build construction firm. He has also been instrumental in providing environmental risk management support for large project refinancing and transactional due diligence projects for both the purchase and sales positions.

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