Richard S. Eckman, Ph.D.

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Richard Eckman, an AMS Member, and a member of the AMS Board on Enterprise Economic Development, is the program manager for the Atmospheric Composition Modeling and Analysis Program of the Earth Science Division of the Science Mission directorate at NASA Headquarters, in Washington, D.C. He has been detailed from NASA Langley since 2009. Before running this program, Dr. Eckman was the Assistant Branch Head of the Chemistry and Dynamics branch at Langley, and during this time (2005-2008), he was also the Acting Program Manager for the Energy Management Element of the Applied Sciences Program at NASA Headquarters, responsible for advancing the use of NASA Earth observations and model predictions to inform decision making in the energy sector. Dr. Eckman has a B.A. degree in Physics and Astronomy, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania (1980), and a Ph.D. degree in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado (1985). His post-doctoral research at Cambridge University used atmospheric models to study future trends in stratospheric ozone. This work was used by the UK Department of Environment for the Montreal Protocol negotiations. From 1993 until 1999 Dr. Eckman was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of William and Mary in the Applied Science Program. In 1988 he joined NASA, initially working in Atmospheric Sciences at Langley. Since then he has been involved with theoretical atmospheric modeling, the interpretation of measurements of trace species in the middle atmosphere, and the utilization of NASA observations in the energy sector. Dr. Eckman has been a co-investigator in theoretical investigations for both the Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite and Earth Observing System missions. He has actively participated in NASA-sponsored atmospheric model intercomparisons, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the NASA High Speed Research Program assessments of the atmospheric effects of aviation. Dr. Eckman is an active member of the Group on Earth Observations Energy community of practice. He is the co-leader of the Atmospheric Composition Constellation of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and also serves as coordinator of the CEOS Energy societal benefit area. Dr. Eckman is the coordinator of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Atmospheric Composition Interagency Working Group. In addition to AMS, he is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.

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