Mr. Fuell is currently working in the data and transition areas of SPoRT. This includes overseeing the data dissemination processes, mostly via LDM, that provide data to SPoRT partners as well as putting data into the native display systems of end users such as AWIPS and AWIPS II. A large part of Mr. Fuell's position is to interface with SPoRT partners to provide information and training regarding the unique data or capabilities that SPoRT is providing and linking these to their high priority forecast issues. Part of this role is to obtain feedback from end users for these data and capabilities in order to assess the value in the operational forecast environment and to make decisions regarding either needed improvements or a transition plan. Mr. Fuell also participates in research and development activities at SPoRT regarding the use of MODIS as a proxy to the future ABI instrument on GOES-R with Dr. Gary Jedlovec and the use of the MODIS SST composite product in the WRF model with Mr. Jonathon Case. Of particular interest to Mr. Fuell is the use of these data for the near-coastal and tropical marine areas, especially through integration of the data into NWP models. Mr. Fuell's career started while at Miami University where he had a dual focus of Meteorology and Aeronautics and he obtained a private pilot's license at this time. Upon attending Purdue University for a Master's Degree, Mr. Fuell concentrated in tropical meteorology with Dr. Dayton Vincent. This and other work with the NOAA/NWS led to a position with a branch of the National Ocean Service where he and Dr. John Kelley were to develop a high resolution wind analysis over the Chesapeake Bay via the NOAA/FSL LAPS model in order to force an NOS water level model. At the end of this appointment, Mr. Fuell began work with the UCAR/COMET Program and worked in a variety of topic areas developing education and training for operational forecasters, under the direction of Dr. Greg Byrd and then Mrs. Wendy Abshire. Eventually, the marine and coastal meteorology topic was his main focus with a series of modules developed for the NOAA Marine Meteorology Professional Development Series and several training modules that included the near-shore environment and rip current forecasting. Work in this later area won Honorable Mention in the Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge from NSF and the journal Science. After 7 years at COMET Mr. Fuell came to NASA/SPoRT in September of 2007.
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