Dr. Patricia Pauley Recognized with Purdue University Alumni Award


4/10/2006 - 8-06r
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Dr. Patricia Pauley, a scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, CA, has been selected to receive a Purdue University Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) Outstanding Alumnus Award. This award recognizes EAS graduates whose outstanding achievement in professional and related fields of endeavor merit particular distinction. From over 1,500 graduates in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' 30-year history, only 16 have been recognized with an Outstanding Alumnus Award. The award was presented at a recent ceremony in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Dr. Pauley received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric science, all from Purdue University. After completing graduate school, she taught and did research as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1985 to 1990. She then continued to teach and do research at the Naval Postgraduate School, first as an adjunct teaching professor and then as a research professor. Dr. Pauley has worked at NRL-Monterey since 1998.

At NRL-Monterey, Dr. Pauley has conducted research on the characteristics of aircraft data from commercial and military aircraft, including UAVs, developing a quality control system that is in operational use at the U.S. Navy Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center. She has also developed and transitioned algorithms to assimilate satellite wind observations, including feature-tracked winds from both geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites and scatterometer measurements of marine surface winds, into U.S. Navy operational numerical weather prediction systems.

Dr. Pauley has received the Howard T. Orville Undergraduate Scholarship from the American Meteorological Society, a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, the Father James B. Macelwane Award from the American Meteorological Society, and more recently an NRL Technology Transfer Award. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. She has served as associate editor of Weather and Forecasting and Monthly Weather Review, and as a member of the editorial board for Atmospheric Research. She has also served on various boards and committees of the American Meteorological Society, among them a term as Councilor and a term as Chair of the Board on Higher Education.



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