Eric Barron has come full circle. He started his career at NCAR in the 1970s when he applied for a summer fellowship—and surprised himself by getting it. He later left NCAR to join the university community. Now, he’s once again gazing at the Flatirons from his office window, this time as NCAR’s new director.
Eric comes to NCAR from the University of Texas, where he was dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences and held the Jackson Chair in Earth System Science. He replaces Tim Killeen, who has accepted a position as director for geosciences at NSF.
A geologist by training, Eric came here on a Cray Supercomputing Fellowship in 1976 while pursuing a graduate degree in oceanography at the University of Miami. He became a postdoctoral fellow and early-career scientist, leaving NCAR in 1985 to return to UM as an associate professor. He was then dean of Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences before his move to Texas.