Pamela G Emch
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
One Space Park Drive
Redondo Beach CA 90278
Pam Emch, an AMS Member, is a Senior Staff Engineer/Scientist with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California. She works in Northrop's Civil Space business area on weather, climate, and environmental remote sensing and information technology activities supporting NOAA, NASA, DoD, and international customers. In over thirty years at NGC (and formerly TRW) she has held a variety of science, engineering, management, and business development positions. She has worked on research and development projects as well as on major government contracts in both the civil and defense arenas. For a time she was a rocket scientist, performing aero, thermo, and flight dynamics planning, simulation, and test activities for various U.S. Air Force missile programs. Subsequently, Dr. Emch managed development of end-to-end physics/instrument/satellite remote sensing simulations, archives for environmental multimedia data, and led environmental data-collection and application activities for hyperspectral airborne instruments. She led remote sensing and IT-related business development activities for markets in Asia and Latin America. Dr. Emch spent several years on Northrop's NPOESS Program effort, during which she led the development of a suite of earth, atmosphere, and remote sensing instrument models. Later in the program she relocated to Washington D.C. to serve as a co-located liaison to the NPOESS government program office in Silver Spring, Maryland. Upon returning to California, she was System Engineering, Integration, and Test Lead on Northrop's GOES-R PDRR Program. Dr. Emch holds a BA degree in mathematics from UCLA and an MS degree in aerospace engineering from USC. Her PhD degree in civil and environmental engineering from UCLA was focused on hydrology with a minor in atmospheric science. She is Past Chair of the AMS Board on Enterprise Economic Development, and a member of the Executive Committee of the AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise. Dr. Emch is a co-chair of the Weather Coalition. She was a member of the National Research Council's Committee on the Assessment on the National Weather Service's Modernization Program and is currently serving on the NRC Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate.