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Meet Paul Newman, HS3 Mission Deputy Principal Investigator
May 1, 2012

Paul Newman Paul Newman is the Deputy Principal Investigator for NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission.

In his role, Paul works with the Principal Investigator to lead a diverse team of hurricane and instrument scientists to design and conduct experiments using unmanned aircraft to understand better the meteorological conditions that favor storm formation and often lead to the development of major hurricanes.

The HS3 is a five-year mission specifically targeted to investigate the processes that underlie hurricane formation and intensity change in the Atlantic Ocean basin.

Paul studies Earth's atmosphere and, particularly, the ozone layer. He is a leader in the use of airplanes for atmospheric research, and is the chief scientist for Atmospheres in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Newman is currently a co-chair of the Scientific Assessment Panel for the Montreal Protocol, the landmark international treaty banning ozone-depleting substances to protect Earth's ozone layer.

A native of Seattle, Newman graduated from that city's O'Dea High School and earned a bachelor's degree in physics at Seattle University. He completed his doctorate in physics at Iowa State University. Newman arrived at NASA Goddard in 1984 as a postdoctoral researcher, and then worked for several years as science contractor. He became a civil servant scientist in 1990.

Newman has authored or co-authored more than 150 refereed scientific papers and reports, including several significant studies of atmospheric ozone. He helps direct Goddard's analysis of the dynamics, chemistry, and radiative properties of the middle atmosphere.

He has participated in or led more than 16 aircraft field campaigns, including work in Costa Rica, Sweden, Norway and Alaska. During the SAGE III Ozone Loss and Validation Experiment (SOLVE), Newman directed the first flight of the NASA ER-2 over Russia, a civilian version of the U-2 reconnaissance plane that is used for scientific research. He was also the project scientist for the Global Hawk Pacific Mission, the first mission to used the Global Hawk for science.

Newman is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is a member of the International Ozone Commission (IOC), and other international scientific and technical committees. He has been part of 12 NASA Group Achievement awards and has twice been chosen by his Goddard colleagues for peer awards. In 2002, he was chosen for the Arthur S. Flemming Award presented by George Washington University. In 2009, he was awarded a Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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