Join the AMS Weather Band for a new series on weather related careers! We'll be learning from a variety of professionals how they use meteorology in their jobs, and what type of weather knowledge matters most for them.
First up in this series is a conversation with Ryan Bennett, who is the Data Manager at NASA's National Suborbital Research Center, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute. Ryan joined NSRC in February of 2017 as the Data Manager, and his primary role is to ensure that both quality-checked preliminary and public aircraft datasets are provided for the NSRC-managed meteorological and aircraft parameters, and that they are properly archived and documented for use by the scientific community. He is responsible for the development of new software code for data retrieval, reduction, analysis, quality control, and archival. Ryan interacts with science teams on day-to-day activities providing all of the necessary support needed to ensure that the data obtained through NSRC data systems are of high precision and accuracy as required for scientific analysis.
Ryan also provides support for the Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) as the Mission Meteorologist on an annual basis, where he assists students with aviation forecasting and airborne data analysis. Ryan received a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Florida State University in 2012, completed two years of graduate coursework in Meteorology, and taught high school students in honors physics and mathematics for two years.