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BOULDER—Scott Rayder, an expert on securing new opportunities and revenue for scientific organizations, has been named senior advisor for development and partnerships at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
Working with UCAR president Thomas Bogdan, Rayder will provide strategic direction on policy issues for UCAR and for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which UCAR manages. He will also focus on developing new national and international partnerships for the institution and its consortium of 77 member universities.
Rayder brings with him extensive experience in building relationships and opportunities with a range of funding organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
“Scott’s expertise in managing budgets and securing new resources is well recognized by leaders around the scientific community,” says Bogdan. “We are delighted to bring him on board as a voice for UCAR and NCAR, and for the atmospheric sciences in general, especially as we face a changing funding environment in the United States.”
Rayder comes to UCAR from ITT Exelis, formerly ITT Defense and Information Systems, where he was director of business development for civil sector programs. There he worked with officials in the federal executive branch as well as Congress, focusing on Exelis programs supporting weather forecasting, climate monitoring, and environmental analysis.
Among his career achievements, Rayder was the first chief of staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), from 2001 to 2008. During his tenure he helped expand the NOAA budget from $2.8 billion to approximately $4.3 billion. He worked with NOAA’s partner organizations and played a key role in communicating NOAA priorities to the Department of Commerce, White House Office of Management and Budget, and Congress.
Rayder has been instrumental in introducing new technologies and unique observational platforms, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the Integrated Ocean Observing System, to support research and operations related to climate, oceans, and high-impact weather. He was also the driving force behind the National Integrated Drought Information System, which will provide the United States with major climate decision support capability for the future. Rayder served as lead on the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program at NOAA, helping to secure $50 million in funding over 10 years for this important project.
Rayder is also adept in supporting the needs of operational and research organizations for critical assets and infrastructure. His efforts at NOAA helped obtain funding for the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma; the National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland; and NOAA’s new consolidated center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; as well as several aircraft, four new fisheries vessels for the NOAA fleet, and the funds needed to maintain these.
Rayder earned a master's degree in public administration (with a concentration in science and technology policy) in 1992 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His undergraduate degree in government and geology is from Hamilton College, New York.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.