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Sandy MacDonald
Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald is Chief Science Advisor for NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). He concurrently serves as Director of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), in Boulder, Colorado. He earned both his Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Utah. He began his career with NOAA's National Weather Service's Western Region in 1973. In the 1980s, he moved to OAR to lead the Forecast System Laboratory (FSL), and then was OAR's Deputy Assistant Administrator for six years while directing the ESRL before moving to his present position.

Dr. MacDonald has made many significant contributions to the science of weather and climate, and he is the creator of Science on a Sphere®, which showcases NOAA's science in museums and science centers across the U.S and around the world. He is currently leading efforts within NOAA to use Unmanned Aircraft Systems to improve the accuracy of weather and climate predictions.

Dr. MacDonald has received numerous awards, including a bronze medal for his work on the automated weather information system, Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award in 1993 for his role in the development of the National Weather Service AWIPS (Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System) model, Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 1998 for his work in the White House with Vice President Al Gore to start the GLOBE program, Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2007 for his invention of Science On a Sphere®, and a Distinguished Presidential Rank Award for his leadership of the global modeling efforts at ESRL.

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