Dr. Louis Uccellini is NOAA’s Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the National Weather Service (NWS). He is responsible for civilian weather operations for the United States and its territories, adjacent waters, and ocean areas, and represents the United States in the World Meteorological Organization.
Dr. Uccellini was the Director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction for 14 years. Under his leadership, NOAA implemented a suite of models and an enhanced collaborative forecasting effort.
Dr. Uccellini previously directed the NWS’s Office of Meteorology and was Chief of the NWS’s Meteorological Operations Division. Before coming to the NWS, he headed the Mesoscale Analysis and Modeling Section at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Laboratory for Atmospheres.
Dr. Uccellini received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and books. More recently, he established the basis for the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation, contributed to the WMO-based Grand Challenge for Seamless Prediction, and is leading the restructuring of the entire NWS to “Build a Weather Ready Nation.”