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Hildebrand Named American Meteorological Society Fellow
Dr. Peter Hildebrand, acting Chief of the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Laboratory and Deputy Director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate, was recently named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). His induction into the society was recognized at an awards ceremony during the 88th annual meeting, which was held in New Orleans during the month of January.

Photo of Dr. Peter Hildebrand Image right: Photo of Dr. Peter Hildebrand. Credit: NASA

“I’m just thrilled to be recognized by such a distinguished society,” said Hildebrand as he reflected on what this honor meant to him. Hildebrand went on to say that “it really feels good to share this honor with so many others who are highly respected in their fields of study.” Hildebrand is 1 of 25 AMS Fellows named this year, and he shares this honor with many of his Goddard colleagues who were previously named Fellows.

When asked why he felt that he had been nominated for such an honor, Hildebrand rattled off an impressive list of radar remote sensing activities that he had either led or been a part of. Of particular note was his leadership of the Electra Doppler Radar (ELDORA ) project at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. ELDORA is an airborne Doppler weather radar that uses rapid scanning technologies to make high resolution observations of atmospheric storms from a fast-moving aircraft. ELDORA remains the most sophisticated airborne Doppler radar; its application has resulted in major advancements in our understandings of tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms, oceanic convective complexes, etc.

In addition to being an active member of the AMS, Hildebrand is also a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Scientific Research Society (Sigma XI), and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

Hildebrand was nominated by his esteemed colleague, friend, and former PhD thesis advisor, Dr. David Atlas.

Michelle Jones
Goddard Space Flight Center