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Degree Year: A.B 1970

Nick Woodward (Degree(s): )

Nick Woodward retired December 31, 2014 from the Department of Energy after 23 years. Although he and his wife reside in Maryland, he expects to spend extensive time in Colorado doing what he did best in the 1970's --------------- where it is both legal and encouraged ----------------------------------------------------skiing --------------------

Degree Year: 2012 (BS), 2013 (MEng)

Kieran Dunne (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

I am currently working as a research scientist at a reinsurance broking firm in Singapore.  My job is to examine natural catastrophes, such as typhoons, floods, and earthquakes, around the Asia-Pacific region and analyze their potential impact upon the insurance and reinsurance industries.  The technical training I received from my Earth science education, coupled with an interdisciplinary background resultant from attending a diverse and engaging university such as Cornell, has been indispensable to my work at the intersection of science and finance.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences definitely have a bright future both at Cornell and in the world abroad, and it is great to connect with other EAS alumni and students and see what everybody is up to!

Degree Year: 2007

Owen Shieh (Degree(s): BS)

Cornell University, B.S. Atmospheric Science 2007
University of Oklahoma, M.S. Meteorology 2010
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Ph.D. Meteorology 2014 (expected)
 
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  I am researching ways to improve hurricane and typhoon intensity forecasts, using analyses of storm structure and large-scale environmental parameters to better understand the phase space between the two sets of conditions. We collaborate with NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Pearl Harbor, HI to improve Pacific Command AOR tropical cyclone forecasts for the U.S. Navy and Air Force.
 
My experience at Cornell, particularly its emphasis on combining academic rigor with extracurricular pursuits, successfully prepared me for graduate school and for leadership in national professional societies.  I had the opportunity to serve as Co-President of the Cornell Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and received the Father James B. Macelwane Award by the AMS.  Outside the classroom I was a Drill Instructor and played trumpet in the Cornell Big Red Marching Band.
 
Since 2011, I have been the National Co-Chair of the AMS Student Conference, and was recently appointed to the AMS Board for Operational Government Meteorologists where I will serve in the year 2013.

Degree Year: 1991

Kevin Lemanowicz (Degree(s): BS)

Cornell University, B.S. Atmospheric Science (Meteorology)

I graduated from Cornell in 1991 from our atmospheric sciences floor of Bradfield Hall. There were only 5 of us on graduation day - Tony, Evan, Gary, Simon, and myself. We had a great time and you'll find us taking very different career paths. Mine has landed me in Boston since 1996 as the chief meteorologist at FOX 25 News.

Degree Year: 1990

Chris Arends (Degree(s): BS)

I am retiring from active Naval service after 24 years as a Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) officer with three sea tours that included the USS Okinawa (LPH-3) for a western Pacific and Indian Ocean deployment, the USS Cleveland (LPD-7) for a southern Pacific counter narcotics deployment, and with Cruiser Destroyer Group Eight embarked the USS Theodore Roosevelt deployed to the Mediterranean for combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

My shore METOC tours included San Diego, Hawaii and Diego Garcia where my focus was maritime safety (Optimum Track Ship Routing) for Pacific Fleet ships and aviation safety of flight.  Additionally, I qualified as a Typhoon Duty Officer and subsequently served as the Joint Operations Officer at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) with Pacific Command warning responsibility.

I served in a variety of major staff positions to include Naval Special Warfare Staff as Force Oceanographer, Secretary of the Navy Staff as an action officer for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Space (C4I & Space) systems, Commander US Third Fleet as Fleet Oceanographer, and the Naval Mine and ASW Command as the Staff Training Manager and Oceanographer.

I attended the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with a Master of Science (MS) in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology in 1997, and earned my Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University in 2009.
 

I am married to the former Bridget Savalle, a career Certified Public Accountant and Manager of Financial Reporting for Sempra Energy.

Degree Year: 1979

Jim McDonnell (Degree(s): BS)

James C. McDonnell is a founding partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Avalon Energy Services, LLC.  Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from the College of Engineering at Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Oklahoma State University.  He has worked in the energy industry for over 20 years in a variety of capacities, including field operations, consulting, finance, and planning.  Prior to founding Avalon Energy, Jim was the CFO and a SVP of Pepco Energy Services.  He has also worked as a field engineer for Dresser Atlas, was a Manager with Anderson Consulting, and a Vice President with The Columbia Energy Group.  Jim holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, is a Registered Professional Geologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).  Jim is also the president of the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE).

Degree Year: 1978

Richard Chuchla (Degree(s): BS)

Cornell University, A.B. Geological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

In the late stage of a wonderful career with ExxonMobil and thinking about my next challenges. I've spent the last 32 years chasing oil, gas, minerals and coal opportunities around the world. I've been priviledged to be part of some big discoveries and have been a part of many (noble?) failures....the nature of exploration. Over the last few years, I have had lots of fun as part of the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Advisory Committee and cherish the yearly opportunities to come back to Cornell and to the department. There is much of my good fortune that I attribute to the solid foundation I gained at Cornell so giving back is very satisfying.

I hope we can use these Alumni Notes to reestablish contacts among the Cornell Earth and Atmospheric Science family. Thanks, Judy, for getting this going.