Commissioner - Ward Seguin
About the Commissioner
Ward Seguin is an AMS member, a Fellow of the AMS, and a Senior Program Manager for Riverside Technology inc of Ft. Collins, Colorado. Ward retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 2009 after 36 years of Government service. He served as senior scientist in NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) including time as deputy Goal Lead for NOAA’s Weather and Water Goal responsible for strategic planning and as deputy director of the U.S. Weather Research Program Office in OAR. Ward spent 20 years in the National Weather Service (NWS) as deputy Director of the Techniques Development Laboratory (now Meteorological Development Laboratory) and as chief of the Systems Engineering Division of the AWIPS Program. Prior to joining the NWS, Ward served nine years in NOAA’s Environmental Data Service (now part of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, NESDIS) as a Division Chief of the National Climatic Data Center’s Data Operations Division, and as a surface program lead scientist at the Center for Experiment Design and Data Analysis (CEDDA) during the 1974 GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment (GATE). Ward has a Ph.D. from Florida State University in Meteorology. He held a post-doctoral position in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia before joining NOAA; and for a brief period, he led the transition of state climatologist position from the Weather Service in Blacksburg to the University of Virginia. He is the recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold Medal, Silver Medal and the NOAA Administrator group awards; and the National Weather Service Modernization Award. In these positions, Ward served on numerous committees and working groups including chairing the Committee for Automated Weather Information Systems (CAWIS), for the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology. Prior to receiving his Ph.D, Ward held intern positions at the Weather Bureau Weather Forecast Office in Burlington, Vermont, at the Naval Weather Research Facility in Norfolk, Virginia, and at the Meteorological Institute University of Hamburg, Germany.
Ward has published in refereed publications and in conference preprints on subjects ranging from observing instruments, boundary layer meteorology, interactive processing systems, and the National Weather Service cooperative education program. Ward’s interest in meteorology started in middle school and continued during his Boy Scouts years of high school. His early contacts were with the local Civil Aeronautics Administration in Montpelier, Vermont, where the local administrator served as his weather merit badge councilor. While aviation weather might have served as one of his early connections to a weather career, he soon found himself in tropical air-sea interaction as a result of his participation in two Barbados field experiments (1963, 1968) conducted by Florida State University. The latter was the precursor to the 1969 BOMEX field experiment. In both experiments, Ward spent the summer at sea; first on the Woods Hole research vessel, RV Crawford, and then the NOAA ship Discoverer. With these experiences under his belt, Ward participated in the GATE international field experiment aboard the NOAA Ship Oceanographer in 1974. The data processing experiences of the Barbados and GATE experiments led to his division chief position at the National Climatic and Data Center (NCDC). His NCDC Division, the Data Operations Division, was responsible for processing all of the nation’s first order surface and upper air data, the daily cooperative and hourly precipitation data, and the publication of several publications including the well-known Storm Data and Local Climate Data.
Ward joined the AMS in 1962 and co-founded and served as chair of the Tallahassee Student Chapter of the AMS. He has also served as chairs of the Asheville, NC and Washington, DC. chapters. He served as a member of the Committee on Applied Climatology, the Committee on Data Stewardship, and co-chair of the Interactive Information Processing Systems (IIPS) Committee (now Board on Environmental Information Processing Technologies). He also served as program chair of the inaugural AWIPS sessions of IIPS; as co-principal organizer of a Heavy Precipitation Conference in State College, PA; and as the Program Chair for the 92nd Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
Serving as a Commissioner of Scientific and Technological Activities Commission is a natural progression of Ward’s AMS career. His training as chapter presidents, as a STAC committee member and chair, as well as an Annual Meeting program chair will prove invaluable in conducting STAC business.
Because the STAC has grown to 30 committees and 6 boards, some sort of restructuring is in order. As a first step, the Council approved a change in the commissioner succession process at its September 2012 meeting. The STAC leadership will now consist of three positions, the Commissioner, the Future Commissioner, and Past Commissioner. One proposal to be considered is the relationship between STAC Boards and Committees, the former of which are designed to be cross-cutting with the STAC Committees. With the tremendous increase in interest in theme joint sessions at the annual meeting, a proposal up for consideration is the role STAC Boards can play in organizing these theme joint sessions. There is potential for greater interaction with other AMS Commissions. Mary Cairns during her tenure as STAC Commissioner organized the first ever Commissioners’ meeting prior to the AMS Council meeting in September 2012. It was clear from this meeting, that there was a tremendous need for the Commissions to work closely together. Finally, with the recent establishment of the AMS Chief Editor of the Glossary of Meteorology, with the STAC Commissioner serving as the Assistant Chief Editor, the STAC will now take on a responsibility for reviewing proposed changes and new terms for the Glossary.