David Atlas, of Riderwood in Silver Spring, last month received the National Academy of Engineering’s 2011 Founders Award, which is presented for extraordinary impact through work in the engineering profession. Atlas, the “Father of Radar Meteorology,” helped develop radar technology for storm detection and warning. His research and that of collaborators played a major role in the adoption of the national network of NEXRAD Doppler radars used by the National Weather Service. These provided insights into the nature of storm systems that led to advanced methodologies for prediction and warning. Atlas’ career began in 1945 as a radar weather officer in the All Weather Flying Division in Ohio, where he invented the method for measuring the intensity of storms. That technique was quickly adopted by the aviation industry so that virtually every commercial aircraft is equipped with airborne radar. He then spent 18 years at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory before becoming a professor and lab director at the University of Chicago. In 1972 he joined the National Center for Atmospheric Research and served as director of both the Atmospheric Technology Division and the National Hail Research Experiment. In 1977 Atlas became the founding director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric Sciences at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He has also received the Rossby Medal of the American Meteorological Society, of which he served as president in 1975; the Symons Medal of the Royal Meteorological Society; the Losey Medal of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and the Dennis Picard Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He holds 23 patents and continues to work in the field.
Ronda Ford of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in Beltsville, was among the winners last month of a 30th annual Federal Energy and Water Management Award. Ford introduced new and innovative contracting methods to the Agricultural Research Service that saved millions of dollars. She led the agency’s first multisite energy savings performance contract award, which will save $480,000 annually. Ford also led the service in starting utility energy service contracts, and implemented an interagency agreement with the department’s Bonneville Power Administration to accomplish energy upgrades at laboratories and greenhouses in 10 locations in the Northwest.
Maryam Jaberi has joined Saint Agnes Healthcare and Maryland Surgeons, of Baltimore. Dr. Jaberi has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery concentrating in hernia repair and diseases of the breast and thyroid. She received her undergraduate and master’s of public health degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and her medical degree from the University of Maryland before training at George Washington University.
Janet Shimek, staff development coordinator at Carroll Lutheran Village, of Westminister, was one of 12 nurses selected nationwide by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for its development panel of subject matter experts. She was nominated on the basis of clinical specialty and nursing expertise. The NCSBN develops and administers the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN licensing exams. All nurses in the United States and its four U.S. territories must take and pass the NCLEX as a requirement for attaining a nursing license.