CISL staff honored for contributions and accomplishments

By Brian Bevirt
01/31/2013 - 12:00am
Jeff Custard
Marla Meehl (Manager of CISL's Network Engineering and Telecommunications Section) and CISL Director Al Kellie present a special recognition award to Jeff Custard for his leadership in the deployment of Vidyo video conferencing systems throughout meeting rooms in UCAR's Boulder campuses.

Bryan Anderson and Jerome Martinez
Marla Meehl and Al Kellie present a special recognition award to Bryan Anderson (center) and Jerome Martinez (right) for outstanding technical support at the SC12 conference in Salt Lake City.

Carlos Rojas-Torres
Al Kellie presents a special recognition award to Carlos Rojas-Torres for outstanding technical support at the SC12 conference in Salt Lake City.

Ramsey Wallis
Al Kellie and Nick Wehrheim (Head of the Workstation Services Support Team, at left) present a special recognition award to Ramsey Wallis for extraordinary work on a software upgrade for the NWSC systems control server.

Si Liu
Si Liu (left) receives CGD's special recognition award from CGD scientist Bill Large and CGD Administrator Stephanie Gillin.

Nathan Wilhelmi
Nathan Wilhelmi receives CGD's special recognition award from Bill Large and Stephanie Gillin.

John Dennis and Eric Nienhouse
John Dennis (left) and Eric Nienhouse (plaid shirt) receive CGD awards from Al Kellie and Stephanie Gillin. (Junseong Heo and Joseph Mendoza not shown.)

Marc Mueller, Teri Eastburn, Tim Barnes, and Eileen Carpenter
Al Kellie (left) and Rich Loft (CISL Technology Development Division Director, rear) presented CISL special recognition awards to (from left to right) Marc Mueller, Teri Eastburn, Tim Barnes, and Eileen Carpenter (all of the UCAR Spark! Visitor Program) for their outstanding support of the NWSC public tours during its three-day Grand Opening.

Numerous CISL staff members recently received awards for their efforts in 2012. Among the UCAR Annual Award recipients were CISL IMAGe members Jeff Anderson, Nancy Collins, Tim Hoar, Hui Liu, and Kevin Raeder, nominated for their work on the Data Assimilation Research Testbed (DART) in the “Scientific and/or Technical Advancement” category. This award included NESL/MMM collaborator Glen Romine. Data assimilation, the process of combining observations with models, is providing rapid advances in geophysical studies, and CISL scientists in IMAGe perform fundamental research on ensemble data assimilation methods for a wide range of geophysical problems. DART is being used at 48 UCAR member universities and 360 other organizations, and it contributes to dozens of research papers being published every year.

Mary Haley and Dave Brown of TDD won UCAR's “Education and Outreach” Outstanding Performance Award for their NCAR Command Language (NCL) training workshops. This is another cross-laboratory team, and the award included Dennis Shea, a scientist educator in ESSL's Climate and Global Dynamics Division. CISL’s NCL training workshops are a premier example of outreach to a wide range of universities and other centers. During their 12 consecutive years of education services, this dedicated team of engineer- and scientist-educators has trained 915 students at a total of 61 local, national, and international NCL workshops.

Both of these awards are highlighted in the Director's Message of CISL's FY2012 Annual Report.

CISL staff members were also honored during CISL's year-end holiday celebration. Jeff Custard received an award for his leadership in the deployment of Vidyo video conferencing systems throughout meeting rooms in UCAR's Boulder campuses. Bryan Anderson, Jerome Martinez, and Carlos Rojas-Torres were recognized for their outstanding technical support for the international SC12 conference in Salt Lake City. Ramsey Wallis received an award for extraordinary work on a software upgrade for the NWSC systems control server.

CGD scientist Bill Large and CGD administrator Stephanie Gillin presented Si Liu, John Dennis, Eric Nienhouse, Nathan Wilhelmi, Junseong Heo, and Joseph Mendoza -- all members of CISL -- with Special Recognition Awards to acknowledge their contributions to the processing and publishing of CESM simulation output for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project 5 (CMIP5). They identified bottlenecks in the processing system, analyzed effective solutions, and facilitated the timely publishing of CESM simulation output to the Earth System Grid. These 135 TB of data benefit the large community of scientists who are analyzing CMIP5 output, including the users of CESM.

Finally, CISL recognized UCAR Spark! staff members Tim Barnes, Teri Eastburn, and Mark Mueller with awards for their outstanding support of three days of public tours of the NWSC during its Grand Opening event. Eileen Carpenter was also recognized for her outstanding coverage at the Mesa Lab while her team members supported CISL at the NWSC.