John P. Crockett
A native of Louisville, KY, John moved to the Washington, DC metropolitan area in1989 shortly after completing his Bachelor of Engineering Science at the University of Louisville. He began his professional career as a computer scientist in the Acoustics Division of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in DC. John left the federal government in 1994 to work in the federal contracting sector as a software engineer, where he worked on projects for NRL's Radar Division, satellite navigation systems for NASA, and air traffic control systems for the U.S. In 2000, John switched to the wholly private sector and used his software engineering expertise in the credit card industry. Always someone who loved science, though, John decided that re-entering that realm was his goal, and the choice centered on astronomy or meteorology. He decided on meteorology and, in 2009, began a five-year Professional Masters program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland. In 2010, John left the credit card industry to begin his new life at the National Weather Service's Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL), where his current work lies. Along the way, he (happily!) joined CIRA in 2013, and he completed his Masters degree in 2014.
Since joining the MDL, John's work has centered on two projects: moving NCAR's AutoNowCaster (ANC) into operations and helping advance the goals of the national Impacts Catalog project. For these projects, John works as the Technical Lead and Deputy Technical Lead, respectively. Related to the first project, John has also been responsible for helping coordinate with Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau as it upgrades its ANC to the version which will be operational in the U.S. The national Impacts Catalog project has slowly but surely become more the focus of his time, however, as it also moves along its trajectory toward becoming an operational system as well.
When not engaged professionally, John enjoys getting outdoors, traveling, satisfying his "foodie" inclinations, slowly but surely reading all of the books which piled up while getting his Masters degree, and keeping his German as up-to-date as possible. Nicht schlecht, oder?