15th annual Assad Kotaite Lecture of the RAeS Montreal

Innovation: Improving International Aviation Safety through Refined Weather Observation, Reporing and Forecasting

Guest Speaker: Robert W Maxson, PhD, Director, NOAA Aviation Weather Center
Venue: Conference Room 3, Ground Floor, ICAO Headquarters, Montreal, Canada
Date: December 6th, 2018 at 18:00 (Doors open at 17h30)

Robert W Maxson, PhD

Robert W Maxson

Dr. Robert W. Maxson is Director, U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aviation Weather Center (AWC), Kansas City, Mo. The AWC is one of two international World Area Forecast Centers (WAFC) designated by ICAO to issue critical aviation weather forecasts both domestically and globally. AWC additionally maintains a Branch of meteorologists embedded in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Command Center in Warrenton, Virginia.

In 2010, the AWC received the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal for the development and implementation of the G-AIRMET, a graphical depiction of aviation in-flight hazards. The AWC also received the Bronze Medal for its service in the wake of the 2012 Fukushima tsunami.

From 2005 through 2008, Captain Maxson was a research pilot with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), operating EC-130Q and Gulfstream V aircraft supporting major weather, climate, and atmospheric research communities. As Director, NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) from 2000 to 2004, he managed all NOAA aircraft activities and conducted hurricane surveillance missions. Notably, he received the Department of Commerce (DoC) Bronze Medal for missions flown into Hurricane Isabel in 2003. The AOC was also awarded the DoC Bronze Medal for providing accurate and timely tropical cyclone data to the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 hurricane season.

Captain Maxson is a graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology (Physical Oceanography) and the United States Naval Postgraduate School (Physical Oceanography and Meteorology). He recently received his Ph.D. in Aviation Safety and Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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