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Hurricane Research Division
Awards

  • AMS Special Award
    Jason Dunion et al.
    October 2014

    The Tropical Cyclones Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), including Jason Dunion (HRD), for providing the weather community with valuable tropical cyclone-related satellite information and derived products for over two decades.

  • NOAA Employee of the Month
    Neal Dorst
    October 2014

  • Banner I. Miller Award 2014
    Frank Marks, John Gamache, et al.
    April 2014

    For the paper "Performance of convection-permitting hurricane initialization and prediction during 2008-2010 with ensemble data assimilation of inner-core airborne Doppler radar observations." in Geophysical Research Letters. Paper was co-authored with Fuqing Zhang and Yonghui Weng of Penn State.

  • NOAA Team Member of the Month
    Jennifer Calderon-Diaz
    April 2014

    As part of her job, Jennifer supports HRD's annual Field Program by coordinating HRD scientists travel and accommodation plans. The uncertainties of when and where storms will develop often requires her to accomplish these tasks at a moment's warning. During the 2013 furlough period, whe was called back to duty to support missions into Tropical Storm Karen. On very short notice, she had to prepare all travel logistics manually and managed to accomplish this within four hours endsuring the success of the deployment.

  • Management Employee of the Year
    South Florida Federal Executive Board
    Shirley Murillo
    May 2013

    In recognition of her accomplishments through mangement of the Hurricane Field Program and the Joint Hurricane Testbed. Shirley demonstrates characteristics of a natural leader in scientific research and outside communities. Shirley's mentoring and outreach activities have paved the way for young scientists to excel.

  • NOAA Team Member of the Month
    Xuejin Zhang
    May 2013

    Because of his role in supporting the HWRF modeling program within HRD.

  • NOAA Administrator's Award
    Frank Marks, Peter Dodge, John Gamache et al.
    August 2012

    For outstanding management of the G-IV Tail Doppler Radar project, enhancing NOAA's weather forecasting and research capabilities.

  • AMS Dr. Charles Anderson Award
    Shirley Murillo
    January 2012

    For outstanding support of minorities and women to promote a more diverse sorkforce through mentoring, education, and community services.

  • NOAA OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award
    Frank Marks
    Peter Black
    Mike Montgomery
    Bob Burpee
    2010

    "Structure of the eye and eyewall of Hurricane Hugo (1989)" Monthly Weather Review 2008 v.136 (n.4) pp.1237-1259

  • NASA Group Achievement Award
    GRIP participants
    June 2011

    For outstanding achievements during the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) airborne Earth science Mission in 2010.

  • NOAA Employee of the Month
    Rob Rogers
    April 2011

    Because of his expertise in aircraft observations, Robert Rogers volunteered to lead NOAA's 2010 Hurricane Field Program, involving scientists from various line offices, with the goal of improving tropical cyclone intensity forecasting through the NOAA Intensity Forecasting Experiment. He also took a leading role in coordinating these efforts with other experiments during the season, including those involving NASA, the National Science Foundation, academia, and international agencies. Dr. Rogers was responsible for compiling and publishing the Hurricane Field Program plan, coordinating the various efforts amongst the operational and research teams, making sure the aircraft were adequately staffed with scientists, and making sure the data were available to researchers and forecasters both in real-time and after the season. While leading NOAA's efforts, he also served as associate editor for two journals, chaired a key workshop committee, and conducted and published groundbreaking research.

  • AMS Annual Meeting
    Best Student Poster

    Rosimar Rios-Barrios, Tomislava Vukicevic, Altug Aksoy, and Kathryn Sellwood
    January 2011

    For poster presentation "Evaluating the Performancs of High-Resolution Hurricane Prediction Modeling System"

  • AMS Verner E. Suomi Award
    Frank D. Marks, Jr.
    January 2011

    For creative use of airborne Dopple radar and other technologies to advance understanding of the dynamics of tropical cyclones.

  • AMS Editor's Award Monthly Weather Review
    Altug Aksoy
    January 2011

    For providing a large number of high-quality reviews to several of the editors.

  • NASA Associate Administrator Award for Science
    Robert Atlas, Jason Dunion
    June 2010

    For their outstanding contributions in improving weather forecasting using data from the Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder and production of its key climate data products.

  • NOAA Distinguished Career Award
    Frank D. Marks, Jr.
    March 2010

    For pioneering achievements in airborne radar remote sensing of tropical cyclones and severe storms to improve the understanding of storm structure.

  • DOC Bronze Medal
    Joe J. Cione
    March 2010

    For demonstrating the capabilities of the UAS for obtaining critical low-level measurements of the moisture flux in the hurricane inner core.

  • AMS Special Award
    Eric Uhlhorn, Peter Black, and others
    January 2010

    For sustaining over 30 years of exceptional, interdisciplinary project, resulting in continuous operational monitoring of hurricane surface winds, improved hurricane intensity advisories, and saving countless lives.
  • NOAA OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Nominee
    Tomislava Vukicevic
    2009

    "Diagnosis and optimization of ensemble forecasts" Monthly Weather Review March 2008, v.136 n. 3 pp.1054-1074, Tomislava Vukicevic, Isidora Jankov, and John McGinley

  • DOC Bronze Medal
    Eric Uhlhorn, Alan Goldstein, and Peter Black
    December 2008

    For operational transition of Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer data, providing accurate, extensive measurement of hurricane surface winds in real time.

  • NOAA OAR Research Employee of the Year
    Frank Marks
    December 2008

    For his exceptional leadership of NOAA's new Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP), a long-term effort designed to accelerate improvements to hurricane intensity forecasting in the one to five-day time range.

  • Banner I. Miller Award 2008
    Eric Uhlhorn et al.
    May 2008

    For the paper "Hurricane Surface Wind Measurements from an operational Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer" in Monthly Weather Review.

  • DOC Bronze Medal
    Mark Powell, Peter Black, Eric Uhlhorn, John Gamache, Peter Dodge, and Shirley Murillo
    March 2008

    For employing a unique technology to diagnose Hurricane Katrina's winds, a technology needed for surge, wave, intensity, and ecosystem modeling efforts.

  • AMS Editor's Award
    Rob Rogers
    2008

    For timely and constructive reviews that were beneficial to both the authors and the journal Weather and Forecasting.

  • DOC Bronze Medal
    (HRD group award)
    May 2007

    For innovation and commitment to the NOAA Hurricane Mission during Katrina's Louisiana landfall while recovering from the South Florida landfall.

  • NOAA Employee of the Month
    Shirley Murillo
    March 2007

    In recognition of her work with real-time surface wind analyses that provide wind field products for use by the National Hurricane Center, FEMA, and emergency managers. She also works on Doppler radar wind retrieval and participates in numerous research flights into tropical cyclones where she operates and monitors the onboard Doppler radar system.

  • AMS Dr. Charles Anderson Award
    Howie Friedman
    January 2007

    For his sustainde commitment to fostering inclusiveness and diversity in all its forms within the atmospheric sciences.

  • NOAA Distinguished Career Award
    Howie Friedman
    January 2007

    For providing guidance and career mentoring to NOAA scientists, from the youngest interns to seasoned researchers, and for contributions to NOAA's work environment through dedication to equal employment opportunity and mediation programs.

  • NOAA Administrator's Award
    Nancy Griffin, Paul Leighton, John Gamache, and Joseph Griffin
    October 2006

    For the development of the algorithms and related software to enable real-time analysis and transmission of wind fields and airborne Doppler radar data collected in hurricanes to improve the initialization of the new generation of hurricane forecast models.

  • Distinguished Service Award
    National Hurricane Conference

    Pete Black
    April 2006

  • NOAA Employee of the Month
    Gloria Lockett
    January 2006

    In recognition of her work with the Sea, Lake, Overland Storm Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model, which provides potential storm surge information to NOAA hurricane forecasters to produce timely and accurate warnings.

  • NOAA Administrator's Award
    Christopher Landsea and Frank Marks
    2005

    For establishing and administrating the Joint Hurricane Testbed, NOAA's first U.S. Weather Research Program testbed, accelerating research into operations, greatly improving forecasts.

  • Commuter of the Year Award
    South Florida Commuter Services
    Stanley Goldenberg
    2005

    For long-term efforts to support and promote the use of public transportation in Miami-Dade County.

  • NOAA Richard H. Hagemeyer Award
    Frank Marks
    2005

    For outstanding contribution to the Nation's Hurricane Warning Program.

  • Outstanding Contributor Award
    NOAA Joint Hurricane Testbed
    Frank Marks
    2005

    For outstanding contribution to the Nation's Hurricane Warning Program as a member of the Joint Hurricane Testbed Steering Committee from 2002-2005.

  • NOAA Employee of the Month
    Nancy Griffin
    June 2005

    In recognition of her long-term contributions to HRD's successful airborne Doppler radar program, as well as for recent advances which have paved the way for real-time data analyses aboard NOAA's Hurricane Hunter aircraft.

  • Certificate of Appreciation
    South Florida Federal Executive Board
    Howie Friedman
    June 2005

    In recognition of his enthusiasm and willingness to support the Shared Neutrals ADR Program (SNAP), training mediators at little or no cost to assist Federal employees in resolving disputes and conflicts in the work environment.

  • AGU Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing Award
    Jason Dunion
    June 2005

    For oustanding service to the authors and readers of the Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres).

  • NOAA David Johnson Award
    Jason Dunion
    May 2005

    For developing multi-spectral satellite imagery for tracking the Saharan Air Layer and its interactions with Atlantic hurricanes, shortwave infrared datellite-derived winds from NOAA's geostationary operational environmental satellites, and several satellite-based analysis tools for forecasting tropical storms.

  • Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Award
    Sim Aberson
    February 2005

    In recognition of contributions to the scientific community.
  • DOC Bronze Medal
    Sean White
    Neal Dorst et al.
    (AOC/HRD group award)
    December 2004

    For conducting hurricane surveillance missions during September 2003 Hurricane Isabel that improved forecast data for the East Coast of the United States.

  • NOAA Employee of the Month
    Neal Dorst
    November 2004

    For outstanding effort and technical skill in preserving and chronicling the Hurricane Research Division's analog, digital, and film data.

  • Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering
    Sim Aberson
    September 2004

    For research leading to significant improvements in hurricane track forecasts and development of programs bringing science to young students, and young students to science.

  • William A. Jump Memorial Foundation Award
    Runner Up
    Shirley T. Murillo
    2004

    For scientific research on important aspects of the hurricane challenge and for outreach activities in support of minorities and women.

  • Banner I. Miller Award 2004
    Mike Black
    Krystal Valde et al.
    May 2004

    For their paper "GPS Dropwindsonde Wind Profiles in Hurricanes and Their Operational Implications" in Weather and Forecasting. This study of the wind structure in the eyewall region of tropical cyclones .
  • NOAA OAR Research Employee of the Year
    Sim Aberson
    2003

    For leadership in promoting science and for research that has resulted in significant improvement of tropical cyclone track forecasts.

  • DOC Gold Medal
    Mike Black
    Krystal Valde
    Jimmy Franklin (TPC)
    2003

    For their pioneering and innovative research using Global Positioning System (GPS) dropsonde data to study the wind structure in the eyewall region of tropical cyclones.

  • Woman of Achievement
    Nirva Mourisseau-Leroy
    2003

    For her research on advanced methods for distributing scientific analysis and the use of cutting-edge technologies to address hurricane research challanges.

  • Young Scientist/Rising Star
    Shirley Murillo
    2003

    For her outstanding contributions to hurricane research, her leadership in science education outreach, and her indomitable spirit.

  • NOAA OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award
    Stanley Goldenberg
    Chris Landsea
    Alberto Mestas-Nuñez (PhOD)
    et al.
    2003

    "The recent increase in Atlantic hurricane activity : Causes and implications" Science 2001 v.293 (5529) pp.474-479 Goldenberg, S.B., C.W. Landsea, A.M. Mestas-Nuñez, W.M. Gray

  • DOC Bronze Medal
    Howie Friedman (group award)
    September 2003

    For contributions in successfully facilitating close to 1,000 work group meetings as part of NOAA's second Survey Feedback Action process.

  • NOAA Employee of the Month
    Chris Landsea
    August 2003

    For his re-analysis efforts to improve the accuracy of the Atlantic hurricane database (HURDAT).

  • Banner I. Miller Award 2002
    John Kaplan
    Mark DeMaria (NOAA/CIRA)
    June 2002

    For the best contribution to the science of hurricane and tropical weather forrecasting published in a journal with international circulation. "An updated statistical hurricane intensity prediction scheme (SHIPS) for the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific basins" Weather Forecasting v.14(3) pp.326-337
  • NOAA OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award
    Peter G. Black
    Gustavo J. Goñi (AOML/PhOD)
    Lynn Shay (U Miami)
    2002

    "Effects of a warm oceanic feature on Hurricane Opal" Monthly Weather Review 2000 v.128(5) pp.1336-1383 Shay, L.K., G.J. Goñi, P.G. Black

  • NOAA Diversity Council's Spectrum Achievement Award
    Frank Marks
    2002

    For "living the vision" and for dedications to including students in hurricane research, which has brought many benefits to AOML.

  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Meteorology
    24th National Hurricane Conference
    Michael L. Black
    2002

    For pioneering the use of global positioning system (GPS) dropsondes to study the inner core region of tropical cyclones.
  • AMS Editor's Award
    Chris Landsea
    2002

    For outstanding contributions to the journal Monthly Weather Review

  • NOAA EEOC Award
    Howard A. Friedman
    2002

    For dedication and service as a charter member of the first NOAA Equal Employment Opportunity Council.

  • Best Wireless Project Award
    NOAA Tech Conference
    Frank D. Marks
    Joseph S. Griffin
    October 2001

    For designing a system that allows satellite communication with the computers onboard the NOAA WP-3 hurricane aircraft to fascilitate the real-time transfer of data.

  • Best Technology Transfer to Operations Award
    NOAA Tech Conference
    Mark Powell
    Sonia Otero
    Nirva Morisseau-Leroy
    Nicholas Carrasco
    October 2001

    For outstanding achievement in the research and application of HPCC technology to further NOAA's service to the nation, about Project H*WIND, a Java application for global tropical cyclone monitoring and wind analysis.
  • NOAA OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award
    Dr. Hugh Willoughby
    2001

    "Tropical Cyclone Thermodynaics" Monthly Weather Review 1998 v.126(12) pp.3053-3067 Willoughby, H.E.

  • DOC Bronze Medal
    Stan Goldenberg
    Chris Landsea (group award)
    2001

    For issuing the accurate and first official physically based Atlantic seasonal hurricane outlooks for the 1998/1999 hurricane seasons, based upon new research.

  • Honorary Member, Meteorological Society of Japan
    Katsuyuki V. Ooyama
    2001

    For distinguished service to the Society.

  • Fellow, American Meteorological Society
    Frank Marks
    2001

  • NOAA EEOC Award
    Howie Friedman
    2000

    For leadership on the Council's UnderRepresentation Subcommittee.

  • Best JAVA implementation Award
    NOAA Tech Conference
    Mark Powell
    Nirva Morisseau-Leroy
    Shirley Murillo
    Sonia Otero
    2000

    For outstanding achievement in the research and application of HPCC technology to further NOAA's service to the Nation.

  • NOAA ERL Outstanding Scientific Paper Award
    Bob Burpee
    Sim Aberson
    Jimmy Franklin
    et al.
    1999

    "The impact of Omega dropwindsondes on operational hurricane track forecast models." Bulletin of the American Meterological Society 1996 v.77(5) pp.925-933 Burpee, R.W.,J.L. Franklin, S.J.Lord, R.E. Tuleya, and S.D. Aberson

  • DOC Silver Medal
    Frank Marks
    1998

    For serving as the Enviromental Research Laboratories mission manager for the acquistion of the the Gulfstream IV hurricane surveillance jet aircraft.

  • DOC Bronze Medal
    Joe Griffin
    Jimmy Franklin
    1998

    For the development of the Hurricane Analysis and Processing System (HAPS) aboard NOAA's Gulfstream IV hurricane surveillance jet aircraft.

  • DOC Bronze Medal
    John Kaplan and Mark DeMaria (NOAA/CIRA)
    1998

    For the development of an inland wind decay model which predicts inland wind speeds produced by landfalling hurricanes.
  • Public Service Award
    53rd Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference
    Hurricane Research Division
    1998

    For distinguished service to the state of Mississippi and the nation during the 1998 hurricane season.

  • Special Recognition Award
    NOAA Olympic Marine Forecast Team
    Dr. Mark Powell
    1996

  • DOC Gold Medal
    Hurricane Research Division
    1993

    For outstanding efforts to provide data to forecasters to inform South Florida about Hurricane Andrew while under extreme stress and physical danger.

  • ERL Outstanding Scientific Paper Award
    Katsuyuki V. Ooyama
    1991

    Ooyama, K.V., 1990: A thermodynamic foundation for modeling the moist atmosphere. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 47(21):2580-2593.

  • Banner I. Miller Award
    Dr. Mark DeMaria
    1989

    For his paper, "Tropical Cyclone Track Forecasting with a Barotropic Spectral Model."
  • ERL Outstanding Scientific Paper Award
    Frank D. Marks
    1989

    Marks, F.D., and R.A. Houze, 1987: Inner core structure of Hurricane Alicia from airborne Doppler radar observations. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 44(9):1296-1317.

  • AMS Special Award
    Dr. Robert Burpee
    1989

    Along with Dr. Leonard Snellman, made major effots in the successful initiation of the periodical Weather and Forecasting.

  • ERL Outstanding Scientific Paper Award
    Katsuyuki V. Ooyama
    1988

    Ooyama, K.V., 1987: Scale-controlled objective analysis. Monthly Weather Review, 115(10):2479-2506.

  • ERL Outstanding Scientific Paper Award
    Stevie Lord
    Hugh E. Willoughby
    Jacqueline M. Piotrowicz
    1985

    Lord, S.J., H.E. Willoughby, and J.M. Piotrowicz, 1984: Role of a parameterized ice-phase microphysics in an axisymmetric, nonhydrostatic tropical cyclone model. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 41(19):2836-2848.

  • NOAA/ERL EEO Outstanding Employee of the Year Award
    Howard A. Friedman
    1984

    In recognition of significant contributions and achievements in the promotion of EEO activities while an employee in ERL.

  • ERL Outstanding Scientific Paper Award
    Katsuyuki V. Ooyama
    1983

    Ooyama, K.V., 1982: Conceptual evolution of the theory and modeling of the tropical cyclones. Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan, 60:369-380.

  • DOC Silver Medal
    Billy Lewis
    1981

    (Posthumos) For conceiving and implementing the recording of quantized radar returns on intercepting landfalling hurricanes.
  • NOAA EEO Federal Employee of the Year Award (Technical category)
    Greater Miami Federal Executive Board
    Lorraine Kelly 1981

  • NASA Certificate of Recognition
    Peter Black
    1980

    For participation in the GEOS-C team investigation of surface wind measurement in storm surge and hurricanes.
  • ERL Outstanding Paper Award
    Dr. Stanley Rosenthal
    1979

    For "Numeric Simulation of Tropical Cyclone Development with Latent Heat Release by Resolvable Scales I : Model Description and Preliminary results."
  • Banner I. Miller Award
    Dr. Lloyd Shapiro
    1979

    "Tropical Storm Fromation from Easterly Waves: A Criterion for Development."
  • NOAA EEO Federal Employee of the Year Award (Professional category)
    Greater Miami Federal Executive Board
    Howard A. Friedman 1978

  • ERL Outstanding Paper Award
    Dr. Robert Jones
    1978

    "A Nested Grid for a Three-Dimensional Model of Tropical Cyclone."
  • Florida Academy of Science Outstanding student paper
    Mike Maier
    1978

    For "An Improved Thunderstorm Climatology for Florida."
  • DOC Silver Medal
    Dr. Harry Hawkins
    1977

    For outstanding leadership in research on natural and experimentally modified hurricanes.
  • DOC Bronze Medal
    Paul Hannaum
    1977

    For over four decades of supreme dedication and service in support of weather forecasting and meteorological research.
  • Max A. Eaton Award
    Mike Maier and Albert Boulanger
    1977

    For outstanding student paper "On the Frequency of Cloud-to-Ground Lightning from Tropical Cumulonimbus Clouds."

  • DOC Silver Medal
    Robert Burpee
    1975

    For his meritorius service as chief of the international group responsible for providing weather forecasting to GATE.

  • Authorship Award
    Dr. Toby Carlson
    1974

    "The Large-Scale Movement of Saharan Air Outbreaks Over the Northern Equatorial Atlantic."
  • DOC Gold Medal
    Dr. Joanne Simpson
    1972

    For continued outstanding acievements in cumulus cloud modification.
  • DOC Gold Medal
    Dr. R. Cecil Gentry
    1970

    For outstanding scientific leadership as Project STORMFURY Director during the 1969 hurricane season.
  • DOC Gold Medal
    Dr. Stanley Rosenthal
    1970

    In recognition of outstanding work in hurricane modeling.
  • DOC Silver Medal
    Dr. William Woodley
    1970

    For outstanding work in cumulus modification, relating cloud growth to rainfall.
  • DOC Silver Medal
    Dr. Banner I. Miller
    1968

    For valuable contributions in developing improved techniques for forecasting movement of hurricanes.
  • DOC Silver Medal
    Dr. Joanne Simpson
    1967

    In recognition of her pioneering work in the design, execution, and analysis of an experiment in convective cloud modification.
  • DOC Gold Medal
    Dr. Robert H. Simpson
    1962

    For his contributions to the knowledge of severe storms.

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