Chan is new weather service CIO

NOAA's National Weather Service is getting a new chief information officer in Dr. Paul Chan.

He comes to the position after serving as CIO for the Economic Research Service of the Department of Agriculture.

'My first love is meteorology, so this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up,' Chan said in a statement. 'I view IT as an important means to support operations as well as research and development. I believe my background in meteorology will help ensure the National Weather Service more effectively meets the data needs of its constituents in a money-tight environment.'

Chan has a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Missouri and a master's in geophysical fluid dynamics from Princeton University. He also holds an MBA and a master's in computer science.

Chan has worked as business development vice president for Science Systems and Applications Inc. and as director of the Goddard Distributed Active Archive Center, a NASA data center.

NWS director David L. Johnson said Chan is 'innovative and dynamic, with extensive experience managing IT organizations. He is customer-focused, with excellent management, communication and leadership skills.'

Chan takes over from Larry Curran, who had served as NWS's acting CIO since Barry West left the position in late October.

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