by David Hosansky
After an international search, NCAR has named Larry Winter, an applied
mathematician at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as its new deputy director.
Winter will help oversee both research and administrative initiatives
in his new post.
is an exciting opportunity, Winter says. Im looking
forward to helping foster research into the many impacts of the atmosphere
on other Earth systems and human society, and to bringing advanced computing
to bear on these kinds of integrated systems assessments.
An expert in hydrology, Winter has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics
from the University of Arizona. During his 12 years at Los Alamos, Winter
led the labs Geoanalysis Group and its Computer Research and Applications
Winters scientific interests include the stochastic theory of
subsurface flow and transport and the applications of parallel and distributed
computing in scientific research. He has also applied Lagrangian simulations
(which focus on the difference between kinetic and potential energy)
to modeling traffic flow for the U.S. Department of Transportation and
to predicting locations in random terrain of military vehicles for the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Winters many appointments include a recent term as science advisor
to the New Mexico governors office. Among his honors are a Science
Applications International Corp. (SAIC) Publication Prize in Mathematics,
Computer Science, and Operations Research and a Los Alamos Distinguished
Performance Award. Winters outside interests include writing and
the history of the American West, and he has won a Best Story of the
Year award from Arizona Highways magazine.
Before coming to Los Alamos, Winter worked as chief scientist in the
SAIC Advanced Computing Division in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona.
He has taught at Idaho State University and the University of Arizona
and serves as an adjunct professor in the UA Department of Hydrology
and Water Resources.