Head of the UCAR and Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Section of the National Science Foundation's Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Dr. Jacobs has been at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for 19 years and provides oversight to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and activities at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). His oversight responsibilities cover a wide range of topics ranging from supercomputers to aircraft and from climate modeling to impacts on society resulting from natural and anthropogenic induced changes in the environment. Dr. Jacobs has represented geoscience in a variety of NSF studies and initiatives related to high performance computing and information technology, including the recent Blue Ribbon Panel on Cyberinfrastructure.
Prior to coming to NSF, Dr. Jacobs was executive VP and senior research scientist at The Center for the Environment and Man (CEM) in Hartford, CT. His basic research interests included four-dimensional computer models of the ocean, atmosphere and land processes, data analyses of large environmental databases, and the development of computer graphics software for the analysis of observed and model data. Domestic and foreign governments as well as private industry sponsored Dr. Jacobs' research.
Dr. Jacobs received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M University and his Master of Science degree in Oceanography, also from Texas A&M University. His Doctor of Philosophy degree was awarded by New York University in Oceanography.