2013 Waynick Lecture

Bill Murtaugh

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.


Space Weather Storms: Are we ready for a ‘Space Katrina’

Presented by:
Bill Murtagh

Program Coordinator National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Space Weather Prediction Center



Arthur Henry Waynick

Dr. Waynick profoundly influenced the course of radio science and atmospheric research, both in the United States and abroad. His interest in these fields was established during a period of study at the Cavendish Laboratory from 1937-39. He returned to the United States in 1939, worked in the Harvard University Underwater Sound Laboratory, then transferred to Penn State in 1947. Here he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and served as head and as the first departmental A. Robert Noll Professor until his retirement in 1971.

In 1949 he founded the Ionosphere Research Laboratory, later to become the

Communications and Space Sciences Laboratory at Penn State, served as its director until his retirement, and continued an active participation until his death. Of particular note was his policy of bringing together a group of outstanding international scientists as resident consultants to the laboratory, a program that proved immensely productive in engaging both staff and students in cooperative research activities in important new fields of study. He was chairman of the U. S. National Committee of URSI in 1954 and was a member of the U. S. National Committee for the IGY, the NSF Advisory Panel of the IQSY, and the National Academy of Sciences Geophysical Research Board Panel on the IQSY. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Space Science Board Committee on Atmospheres of the Earth and the Planets and also served as chairman of the NSF Advisory Panel on Atmospheric Sciences. He was a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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