The Monterey Bay Defense Alliance (MBDA) is pleased to announce our next speaker, Dr. Jim Hansen, Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Marine Meteorology Division in Monterey, CA.  Dr. Hansen will be speaking on the topic of “Meteorology, Oceanography, and National Security” as he highlights the important contributions that NRL and other related organizations in Monterey make to National Security.

Dr. Hansen directs a broadly based, multi-disciplinary program of scientific research, advanced technology development and applied research in marine meteorology and related atmospheric sciences to develop new numerical analysis and prediction systems to support Naval operations worldwide.

Prior to joining NRL, Dr. Hansen served as an Associate Professor and an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); a Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT; research scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK; and Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, University of Oxford, UK.  Dr. Hansen earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics from the University of Oxford through the Rhodes Scholarship Program in 1998; along with BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1992 and 1993.

His awards include a Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, an ONR Young Investigator Award, and a NRL Technology Transfer Award. He has been awarded two Patents for his Navy related research and has published over 38 peer-reviewed journal articles.