DaNa Carlis, an EPP/MSI alumnus, recently graduated from the NOAA Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP) after being nominated by the National Weather Service. LCDP is a highly competitive, 18-month leadership program which develops NOAA’s potential future senior leaders. DaNa’s first rotation was with the NOAA Homeland Security Program Office, and his second rotation was in the office of the NOAA Chief Scientist, where he used his atmospheric science expertise to support the priorities of the NOAA research community while learning about all components of the agency.
DaNa completed his master’s and Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences and meteorology at Howard University in Washington, D.C., through the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). NCAS is one of four NOAA EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Centers.
As a NOAA (EPP/MSI) trainee in the Graduate Sciences Program, DaNa developed high resolution modeling capabilities for operational usage at the NWS Pacific Region Headquarters and Weather Forecast Office in Hawaii. While working toward his doctorate, DaNa decided on atmospheric research as a career path. After earning his Ph.D., he became a research meteorologist at the NOAA Environmental Modeling Center in College Park, MD, where he conducted research to improve numerical weather prediction forecasts used by the National Weather Service. DaNa recently joined the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research as a Weather Portfolio Manager.
DaNa credits the EPP/MSI Program for giving him the opportunity to pursue what he loves and providing a pathway to Federal employment. Over the past four years, DaNa has mentored more than ten students through the EPP/MSI. DaNa’s overall career goals are to serve his community and help develop the best weather prediction model in the world.