R o d n e y  V i e r e c k
Leader of the Data and Instrumentation Group
Research Division NOAA Space Environment Center

One of the NOAA forecasters works to synthesize all the data coming in from spacecraft and ground stations.

I was born in 1959 in Fairbanks, Alaska, and graduated from West Valley High School in 1977. I went to Undergraduate School at the University of Oregon, in Eugene. I started by taking courses in what I liked and what I was good at-Science and Math. I decided that Physics would be a good major because I could always switch from physics to anything else. And I finished up in 1981 with a B.S. in physics and a B.S. in math.

During summer between my junior and senior years in college, I worked at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska. I liked the work so much that I applied to graduate school and got a research/teaching assistantship. I went to Graduate School at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and received a Master of Sciences Degree in 1984. My thesis topic was "Pulsating Aurora and its Relation to the Hb Hydrogen Emission."

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