NOAA 2002-R930
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10/24/02
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DAVID BLASKOVICH NAMED TO NOAA SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD

David Blaskovich, a sales and marketing executive for International Business Machines, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., has been named to the Science Advisory Board of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an environmental research and service agency of the Commerce Department.

“We welcome David Blaskovich to the board and look forward to his contributions,” said Michael Uhart, executive director of the advisory board. “His experience and interest in high performance computing and other information technologies can help deal with weather and climate issues will serve NOAA well and we are very pleased that he agreed to serve on the Science Advisory Board.”

The board next meets Nov. 5-7 in Norman, Okla.

NOAA’s Science Advisory Board advises the NOAA administrator and leadership on long- and short-range strategies for research, education and the application of science to resource management and environmental assessment and prediction.

The 15-member advisory board, composed of eminent scientists, engineers, resource managers, and educators, assists NOAA in maintaining a complete and accurate understanding of scientific issues critical to the agency's missions.

Members are appointed by retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator to serve a three-year term.

Blaskovich is one of four new members. The others are Richard T. Rosen of Lexington, Mass.; John T. Snow of Norman, Okla.; and Robert B. Gagosian of Woods Hole, Mass.

Blaskovich’s career includes serving as director of marketing , weather & environmental markets for Cray Research, Inc. and marketing manager for Silicon Graphics, Inc. He was an assistant professor of oceanography, calculus, and chemistry at the California Maritime Academy early in his career.

He co-founded the American Meteorology Society (AMS) Graduate Fellowship Program for corporations and has served on AMS boards and committees.

Blaskovich holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree from San Jose State University. In 1992, he took the Executive Series in Strategic Marketing at Harvard University. He served in the United States Army and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).

The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through research to better understand weather and climate-related events and to manage wisely our nation's coastal and marine resources.

Learn more about NOAA at:

http://www.noaa.gov.

For more information about the Science Advisory Board, visit:

http://www.sab.noaa.gov.