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New space science director at UW found on campus

June 28, 2018 GMT

The new director of the Space Science and Engineering Center at UW-Madison won’t have to go far to get to his new office.

Brad Pierce will start his new job Oct. 1, after leaving his current job as a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, within the Advanced Satellite Products branch on the UW-Madison campus.

“I have a long, productive history with the Space Science and Engineering Center, and recognize the important role the center plays as an international leader in the development and utilization of space-based Earth observations,” Pierce said in a UW-Madison news release.

Prior to his work at NOAA, Pierce was a senior research scientist within the Atmospheric Sciences Division at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Pierce received his Ph.D. and master of science in meteorlogy from UW-Madison.

The Space Science and Engineering Center develops algorithms important to understand weather, climate and atmospheric processes around the world.