Cooperative Institute for
Meteorological Satellite Studies

CIMSS Education and Public Outreach Staff

Margaret Mooney

Margaret Mooney,  Education & Public Outreach Director

Margaret Mooney is the Education and Public Outreach lead at CIMSS.  As a former National Weather Service meteorologist, Margaret has ample experience working with formal and informal audiences, leveraging early career experience with a degree in public policy to promote weather and climate education as avenues towards stewardship and sustainability. Margaret is active in several education communities, including NOAA Climate Stewards, NASA Initiatives in Climate Education, the GOES-R Education Proving Ground, the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and the Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts (WICCI).

Steve Ackerman

Steve Ackerman,  Weather Guy

Steve Ackerman is renown for his contributions in research, education and climate change communications. Along with being the previous Director of CIMSS (for 2 decades!) Steve is a Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the UW-Madison. He contributed to the 2007 IPCC report, earned the 2009 American Meteorological Society’s Teaching Excellence Award, NASA’s 2010 Exceptional Public Service Medal, and was Elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2014. Steve is also one of the Weather Guys, a popular and lively program on Wisconsin Public Radio (and weekly column in the Wisconsin State Journal) where he and Professor Jon Martin answer questions about weather and climate.

Maria Vasys

Maria Vasys,  Education and Outreach Specialist

Maria Vasys provides critical coordination and logistical support for education, training, and public outreach at CIMSS. Maria routinely leads organizational efforts related to international conferences and educational workshops which includes creation and maintenance of conference websites, developing promotional materials, compiling manuscripts, and assisting with poster preparations. Maria's efforts support CIMSS/SSEC connections with Federal agencies as well as collaborations and partnerships across the broader atmospheric science community.