Robbie E Hood
NOAA OAR ESRL Director's Office
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program
SSMC3 OAR-R Room 11100
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring MD 20910
Robbie Hood, an active AMS Member, is Director of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program in the Earth System Research Laboratory, based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Growing up in Neosho, Missouri, and Picayune, Mississippi, Ms. Hood developed an early interest in weather by witnessing the devastating effects of Hurricane Camille in Mississippi in 1969 and the 1974 Neosho tornado. Her childhood fascination turned into a successful research career studying precipitation, thunderstorms, and hurricanes using remote sensing technology aboard satellites and aircraft. Ms Hood led the Storm Intensity Monitoring Group at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and participated in field programs in Australia, Brazil, the Marshall Islands, Alaska, Costa Rica, and the coastal United States. She served as mission scientist on four NASA field experiments studying hurricane development and intensity change. She has also served on a number of multi-agency committees and co-chaired the Joint Action Group for Tropical Cyclone Research, sponsored by the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology. Ms Hood is a direct descendant of John Ross, the first elected chief of the Cherokee Nation who held the office for nearly 40 years. Mr. Ross is famous for leading the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears—their forced relocation from the southeastern United States to present-day Oklahoma in 1838–1839. Coincidentally, one route of the Trail of Tears passes near Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where Ms. Hood worked for over two decades. Ms Hood has a BS degree in atmospheric science from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and an MS degree in physical meteorology from Florida State University at Tallahassee.