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1997-7 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 1997

NCAR Scientist Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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February 26, 1997
BOULDER--Margaret LeMone, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, has just been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the academy is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded engineers and other technical specialists, recognizing those who demonstrate "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology." She will be inducted during a ceremony at the next annual NAE meeting in Washington, D.C., on October 7.

LeMone is an observational meteorologist who studies the behavior of large, organized storm systems and various aspects of the lowest kilometer of the atmosphere, called the planetary boundary layer. She is one of 46 women inducted into the 1,893-member academy since its creation in 1964. Her election recognizes her "for advances in understanding the dynamics of the planetary boundary layer and its role in the predictability of atmospheric processes."

The academy's letter arrived deep inside a large box with several books. Once she realized it was the election announcement, LeMone was "completely surprised. It's quite an honor."

LeMone earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington. She came to NCAR as a postdoctoral Fellow in 1972. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and has served on research committees and advisory boards for those organizations as well as the National Research Council. She served as editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences and received its editor's award in 1989. LeMone was the founding chair (1975-78) of the AMS Board on Women and Minorities.

LeMone has contributed her expertise to three textbooks and an elementary school science series. Three of her articles appear in the World Book Encyclopedia (1989-present). She has made numerous presentations to students, mentored teachers in Project LEARN (Laboratory Experience in Atmospheric Research at NCAR), and served as a coach for Odyssey of the Mind. She is currently co-principal investigator for the second phase of Project LEARN.

NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.

Margaret LeMone

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