John M Lanicci, PhD, USAF Col (ret)

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John Lanicci, an AMS Member, is a Professor of Applied Meteorology and the Coordinator for the MS degree in Aeronautics program in the Applied Aviation Sciences Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Daytona Beach, Florida. He joined the Embry-Riddle faculty in 2006 after completing a 27-year career in United States Air Force. Among his military assignments were two staff tours at the Pentagon; two tours as a weather forecaster and chief of model development at Air Force Global Weather Central (now the Air Force Weather Agency) at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; an assignment as a research scientist and project manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts; a detachment command at Shemya Air Force Base, Alaska; and a squadron command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. His last duty assignment prior to retirement was as Commander of the Air Force Weather Agency, where he was responsible for a 1,100-person weather center with 14 worldwide operating locations providing weather support to the United States Department of Defense and the national intelligence community, and overseeing weather technology development and acquisition programs worth $850M. Dr. Lanicci has a BS degree in physics (1979, Manhattan College, summa cum laude), a BS degree in meteorology (1980, Pennsylvania State University, with highest distinction), and MS and PhD degrees in meteorology (1984 and 1991, Penn State) through Air Force Institute of Technology sponsorship. In addition to his USAF command and staff experience, Dr. Lanicci spent three years on the faculty at Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, where he was also the college's Chief Information Officer, and six years as an adjunct assistant professor with Embry-Riddle's Worldwide campus program. Dr. Lanicci has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in synoptic and mesoscale meteorology, weather analysis and forecasting, aviation meteorology, and environmental security. His research interests include the integration of weather information into aviation decision-making, central Florida severe-storms, and the effects of climate change on national and international security. Dr. Lanicci is Chair of the AMS Committee on Environmental Security, part of the AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise. He also is a member of the AMS Board on Higher Education, which is part of the AMS Commission on Education and Human Resources. Since 2008 he has been the national co-chair of the annual AMS Student Conference.

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