Wakimoto is no stranger to NCAR. He’s been making frequent
visits since 1982, when he studied wind shear in the landmark project
JAWS (Joint Airport Weather Studies). “Throughout my career
I’ve spent so much time in Boulder that I feel like it’s
my second home,” says Wakimoto.
At EOL, “I’ll certainly be bringing in an outside perspective,” he
says. “From my experience on the [UCAR] University Relations
Committee and the Board of Trustees, I’m certainly not bashful
about bringing up concerns or things we ought to think out.” As
a vehicle to solicit community input, Wakimoto expects to form an
external advisory committee with a diverse range of community members.
Wakimoto says he took a chance when he joined UCLA: “There
were essentially no observationalists in this department. It was
very heavy on modeling and theory. That did not bother me in the
slightest. I felt it was a challenge, and I embraced it. They welcomed
me and said, ‘build your own program.’ I’ve loved
my years at UCLA.”
See the next issue of the UCAR Quarterly for news of several other
NCAR appointments being finalized in late 2004.