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Pamela Emch

Engineering Fellow

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Pam Emch is a Senior Staff Engineer/Scientist with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California. She works in Northrop's Civil Space business area on weather, climate, and environmental remote sensing and information technology activities supporting NOAA, NASA, the Department of Defense, and international customers.

In over 30 years at Northrop Grumman (and formerly TRW) she has held a variety of science, engineering, management, and business development positions. She has worked on research and development projects as well as on major government contracts in both the civil and defense arenas. For a time she was a rocket scientist, performing aero, thermo, and flight dynamics planning, simulation, and test activities for various United States Air Force missile programs.

Subsequently, 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. She led remote sensing and IT-related business development activities for markets in Asia and Latin America. Dr Emch spent several years on Northrop's National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Program effort, during which she led the development of a suite of earth, atmosphere, and remote sensing instrument models.

Later in the program she relocated to Washington DC to serve as a co-located liaison to the NPOESS government program office in Silver Spring, Maryland. Upon returning to California, she was System Engineering, Integration, and Test Lead on Northrop's GOES-R PDRR Program. Dr Emch has a BA degree in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MS degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. Her PhD degree in civil and environmental engineering from UCLA was focused on hydrology with a minor in atmospheric science. Dr Emch is Past Chair of the AMS Board on Enterprise Economic Development, at which time she was a member of the Executive Committee of the AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise.

Currently, she is a member of the Enterprise Commission's Forecast Improvement Group and Water Resources Committee. Dr. Emch is one of four Co-Chairs of the Weather Coalition. She was a member of the United States National Research Council's Committee on the Assessment on the National Weather Service's Modernization Program and is currently serving on the United States National Academies' 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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