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4 STAR Scientists Honored with Dept. of Commerce Gold and Silver Medals
Paul DiGiacomo, Pablo Clemente-Colon, Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, Sasha Ignatov, Bill Pichel. Not pictured: Tim Schmit.
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December 18, 2014 -
Today Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan announced this year's Gold and Silver
Medal award winners. These medals, which are the highest awards bestowed
by the Dept. of Commerce, recognize distinguished performance by NOAA
employees. The honorees included 4 STAR scientists: Bill Pichel and Pablo
Clemente-Colon were recognized for their research in synthetic aperture
radar products. Tim Schmit (CoRP / ASPB) was recognized for critical
support extending the useful life of aging weather satellites. And Sasha
Ignatov (SOCD/SOSB) was honored with a Silver Medal for scientific
excellence and leadership in developing NOAA's web-based sea surface
temperature monitoring system.
Gold Medal for Scientific/Engineering Achievement
Nominated by NESDIS for research, development, and operational
implementation of high-resolution coastal wind products from satellite
synthetic aperture radar data.
Gold Medal for Customer Service
- Chris Wheeler
- Kevin Ludlum
- Timothy J. Schmit
- Keith McKenzie
- Cynthia L. Hampton
- Thomas Renkevens
- Yo Kung John Tsui
- Eric Madsen
- Hyre Bysal
- Jennifer S. Lewis (NWS)
Nominated by NESDIS for outstanding critical support extending the useful life
of aging geostationary weather satellites, thereby greatly improving coverage
over South America.
Silver Medal for Scientific/Engineering Achievement
The Silver Medal — The second highest honorary award granted by the
Secretary of Commerce, a Silver Medal is defined as exceptional
performance characterized by noteworthy or superlative contributions
which have a direct and lasting impact within the Department.
Nominated by NESDIS for scientific excellence and leadership in
developing and implementing NOAA's web-based, real-time, high-quality
sea surface temperature monitoring system.