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Stevens Oceanography Expert Alan Blumberg Elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society

Hoboken, N.J. —Dr. Alan Blumberg, a prominent ocean physicist from Stevens Institute of Technology, has been elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), recognizing his outstanding contributions to advancing the atmospheric and related oceanic sciences, technologies, applications and services for benefit of the society.

Blumberg, who specializes in physical oceanography, is Director of the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens, a renowned research center focused on coastal urban resiliency which features one of the largest and most historic hydrodynamic and ocean engineering facilities in the world. He is also the George Meade Bond Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering in the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science at Stevens.

“I am incredibly honored to be included as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society,” said Blumberg. “As the science of meteorology and oceanography grows in importance as the world’s climate changes, this prestigious society will be integral in forging greater understanding of nature’s behavior and the impact of weather and water on human activity.”

“No one is more deserving of this significant recognition than Dr. Blumberg, whose leading-edge work in ocean forecasting and prediction stands out among the very best in the field,” said Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science at Stevens. “His research has helped protect the public from extreme weather events, including Hurricane Sandy, and informed how urban communities protect against, prepare and respond to natural threats.”

Blumberg’s research has helped predict and understand the impacts of extreme climate-driven events on urban coasts—including Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene—and to create innovative adaptations to protect people and property. It has also led to the creation of ocean observing and forecasting systems which are used for environmental studies, surface vessel operations and as a basis for maritime security. The New York Harbor Observing and Prediction System (NYHOPS)—which provides science-based, high-tech, operations-critical information about ocean, weather, environmental and vessel traffic conditions to the users of the Port of New York and New Jersey—was founded by Blumberg and colleagues at the Davidson Laboratory.

In addition to the AMS, Blumberg is a member of several professional societies including the American Geophysical Union, the Estuarine Research Federation, and the Oceanography Society. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and recognized as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist by the Naval Oceanographic Office. He is also a member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Community Advisory Committee (UCACN), which provides scientific oversight and guidance for the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

Founded in 1919, the AMS 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. The AMS publishes 11 atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic journals, sponsors more than 12 conferences annually, and offers numerous programs and services. More than 14,000 professionals, students and weather enthusiasts are AMS members.

Election as a Fellow of the AMS is an elite honor. Only two-tenths of one percent of AMS members are approved through the Fellow nomination process.

Blumberg will be formally announced alongside other new Fellows at the AMS’ 94th Annual Review, New Fellows and Featured Awards on Feb. 2, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga. He will also be honored at an AMS banquet on Feb. 5, 2014.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.