2021 President of the American Meteorological Society.
Michael R. “Mike” Farrar is the is the chief scientist for weather operations for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). In this role, he serves as the primary science advisor to the USAF director of weather and coordinates science and technology activities related to weather operations with internal USAF and Department of Defense (DoD) stakeholders as well as with US interagency and international partners.
Farrar served in 2017–18 as senior VP and chief operating officer of the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and held several executive positions in NOAA from 2012 to 2017, including the Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL) director and Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) director in the National Weather Service (NWS) and acting deputy director of the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). Prior to that, he was VP of strategic and business development for Science and Technology Corporation (STC) from 2010 to 2012, and he began his career as a uniformed USAF meteorologist where he served for 24 years in several leadership positions in forecast operations, scientific development, program management, training, budgeting, planning/policy, and collaboration with U.S. and international partners.
Within AMS, Farrar currently serves on the Commission on Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise; the Executive Committee of the Forecast Improvement Group; and on the Kenneth Spengler Award Committee. He previously served as a Mesoscale Processes Committee member (1999–2000), Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee member (2000–02), and Committee to Improve Climate Change Communication member (2010–14).
Farrar holds a B.S. in physics from Purdue University, a B.S. in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in national resource strategy from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in meteorology from Florida State University. He has received numerous military awards and decorations and has led two centers/ labs in the NWS to receive Department of Commerce Gold Medals.
Mike Farrar will give the Keynote Presentation of the Programme Stream Operational Systems and Applications