Friday, April 12 - 8:00 p.m.
22 Deike Building - Penn State University
University Park, PA
Bill Murtagh is the Program Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Boulder, Colorado. He is NOAA’s space weather lead in coordinating preparedness and response efforts with industry, national and international agencies, emergency managers, and government officials around the world.
Murtagh is a member of the White House Working Group on geomagnetic disturbances, guiding national policy in response to space weather storms. He regularly briefs the White House and members of Congress and their staff on vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure. Murtagh recently provided expert testimony at the British Parliament on global impacts of space weather. He represents the United States in consultation with the European Union and specialized agencies of the United Nations.
He is a regular guest speaker at universities, government agencies, and national and international conferences. Murtagh has provided numerous interviews to major media outlets and is featured in several documentaries on space weather.
Before joining NOAA, Murtagh was a meteorologist and space weather forecaster in the U.S. Air Force. He coordinated and provided meteorological support for national security interests around the world. Bill transferred to the SWPC in 1997 as a space weather forecaster and liaison between NOAA and the U.S. Air Force. He joined NOAA in 2003 after retiring from the Air Force with 23 years of military service.