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					                  Critical Skill Shortages
                      Radar Meteorology
Douglas Forsyth
Chief, Radar Research &
Development Division, NSSL
                                             Outline

Importance
Critical Skills
Skill Shortages
Current Attempts to Meet Shortages
Recommendations
Summary



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                                                                    WHY?

               Weather Radar
                            Primary severe weather observational tool
                            Used to issue warnings by the National Weather
                            Service
                            Used to avoid severe weather by the Federal
                            Aviation Administration and pilots
                            Used to display the location of precipitation and
                            associated severe weather to the public




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                                             Critical Skills

To Continue to make advancements in weather
Radar:
                 Radar Meteorologists
                 Radar Engineers – Hardest to find and Recruit
                 Software Engineers
                 Electronics Technicians



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                                     Our NSSL/CIMMS Team
                                              Weather Radar Research




                                         Picture of the Team




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                                                 Electrical Engineers

Limitiations:
                 1. U.S. Citizen
                 2. Salaries
                            a. Most Master Degree students
                                      1). Obtain higher pay from Industry
                                      2). Don’t need to purse Doctorate
                                               Degree

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                                             Addressing Shortages
1. Hiring post-Doctoral students
        1.       Boosted NRC Post-Doc Salaries to $70K
2. Hiring of Master’s Students
        1.       Support education opportunities to Doctoral level
3. Use Cooperative Institute for Foreign Nationals until they
   become US Citizens
4. Working to improve pay scales for Research Engineers
5. OU educational Program
        1.       Interdisciplinary – Engineering and Meteorology
        2.       Can’t fix with short-courses
6. Attractive Working environment
        1.       Cutting edge technologies (dual-polarization, Phased Array)
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                                                                                           Recommendations
   1. Increase Pay Scales for Electrical Engineers (Critical
      Skills)
                   1.             Adjust to University and Industry scales
   2. Obtain Direct Hire authority for 0850 & 0855 Electrical
      and Electronics Engineers.

                   ELEVATION   ANTENNA
                               PEDESTAL
                    AZIMUTH
                               CONTROL




                                                                           USER/
                                                                        MAINTENANCE
                                            EQUIPMENT                   WORKSTATION
                                          SENSORS AND                    (RDA HOST)
                         TRANSMITTER
                                           INTERLOCKS




                           RF                 DATA
                         SOURCE            ACQUISITION
                                              UNIT

       RECEIVER
                                                                                   COMM
                                                                                  SERVER

                                            DIGITAL         REAL-TIME
OPTIONAL SECOND         SYNCHRONIZER        SIGNAL            HOST
RECEIVER CHANNEL                          PROCESSOR         COMPUTER


                                   LOCAL BUS


                                   RDA LOCAL AREA NETWORK




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                                                                      Summary
               Radar is an important tool for observations and warnings of
               severe and hazardous weather
               Critical Skill
                            Electrical & Electronics Engineers
               Shortages being addressed
                            Post-Doc Programs
                            Educational Opportunities
                            OU producing qualified students locally
                            Creative work environment
               Recommendations
                            Increase salaries
                            Direct Hire



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                                             Questions?

Questions:

THANK YOU




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