Dr. Eugenia Kalnay
Dr. Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland – Dr. Kalnay is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and an expert in predictability and ensemble forecasting, numerical weather prediction, data assimilation, coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling and climate change. She is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Last year she received the prestigious World Meteorological Organization IMO Prize. Her work on the impact of land use on climate change was chosen by Discovery Magazine as one of the top 100 science results of the year, and her seminal paper on reanalysis is the most cited paper in all geosciences. She was formerly on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma, and served for 10 years as the Director of the Environmental Modeling Center within the National Weather Service, where she was instrumental in major improvements in the NWS models' forecasting skill.