The American Meteorological Society has elected James Hack as a 2015 fellow.
Hack, who is the director of the National Center for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was cited for his “outstanding contributions to advancing the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society.”
Hack came to ORNL in 2007 after positions at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He also held adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
His research interests have included physical parameterization techniques, the construction of numerical methods, and their implementation on high-performance computers, and the development of diagnostic methods for evaluating climate simulation quality.
Hack has also won the UT-Battelle Science and Technology R&D Leadership Award, and he is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific or technical publications that have surpassed 12,000 citations, according to Google Scholar. He received a doctorate in atmospheric dynamics from Colorado State University. He recently gave an invited talk at the Smithsonian Institution’s 2014 Grand Challenges Consortia Symposium.
The American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. Hack will be honored at the organization’s annual meeting in January.
Hack resides in west Knoxville.
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