In Brief

From Vienna to Boulder

Vanda Grubišić to lead NCAR’s Earth Observing Laboratory

11 March 2011  •  No stranger to NCAR or to observational meteorology, Vanda Grubišić (University of Vienna) will take the helm of NCAR’s Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) on 1 July.

Vanda Grubišić

A specialist in mesoscale atmospheric dynamics, Grubišić has played a lead role in several major field campaigns focusing on mountain lee waves and rotors, atmospheric wakes, orographic precipitation, and other phenomena.

Before her appointment in Vienna, Grubišić was on the faculty of the Desert Research Institute. She received her doctorate in atmospheric science from Yale University in 1995, followed by a postdoctoral appointment with NCAR’s Advanced Study Program. Grubišić has served on the Policy Committee of UCAR’s Unidata program, NSF’s Advisory Committee for Geosciences, and the UCAR President’s Advisory Committee for University Relations, as well as on EOL’s Observing Facilities Assessment Panel.

“Becoming the EOL director is a rare opportunity,” says Grubišić. “I am especially looking forward to working closely with the skilled EOL staff, many of whom I’ve gotten to know over the years as a facilities user and NCAR affiliate scientist.” She sees the laboratory’s traditional roles of service to the community and scientific leadership as being closely related and mutually reinforcing.

“The nature of research is such that it pushes boundaries and creates new frontiers. EOL has to be able to anticipate where the new frontiers will be in order to provide service in the future as well.”

Vanda Grubišić boarding the NSF/NCAR HIAPER aircraft
Vanda Grubišić with the NSF/NCAR HIAPER aircraft at the 2006 Terrain-Induced Rotor Experiment (T-REX) in California, where Grubišić served as scientific project director.