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Awards / Honors

DeMaria finalist for Career Achievement Medal

October 25, 2013

Mark DeMaria of CIRA has been listed as a finalist for the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Career Achievement Medal for his work on hurricane and wind-speed prediction models.

Mark DeMaria is up for a Sammie.

Mark DeMaria and his fellow Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists met President Barack Obama at the White House on Oct. 23. Photo courtesy Pete Souza/White HouseDeMaria, branch chief for the Regional and Multiscale Meteorology Branch (RMMB) group hosted at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University, has been listed as a finalist for the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Career Achievement Medal.

DeMaria, an internationally renowned research scientist, was named a finalist for his work in developing several hurricane and wind-speed prediction models. NOAA’s National Hurricane Center uses these models to track tropical cyclone activity. 

Meeting at the White House

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, DeMaria met with President Barack Obama at the White House, along with his fellow award nominees.

DeMaria also had a chance to chat briefly with the President about hurricanes and hurricane research.

“Meeting the president was great,” DeMaria said. “Although it was pretty brief, he talked with us as a group and individually and asked each of us what our award was for and shook our hands one by one.”

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals are presented annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence in the federal civil service. The medals are awarded in seven categories; the Career Achievement Medal recognized a federal employee for significant accomplishments throughout a lifetime of achievement in public service.

More information about the award and DeMaria’s nomination can be found online.

Winners will be announced at an event later this year in Washington, D.C..