Cooperative Institute for
Meteorological Satellite Studies

CIMSS Education and Public Outreach Staff

Steve Ackerman

Steve Ackerman,  CIMSS Director

Steve Ackerman has extensive experience in research, education and climate change communications. Along with being the Director of CIMSS, Dr. Ackerman is a Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the UW-Madison. He is a recipient of NASA’s 2010 Exceptional Public Service Medal, the 2009 American Meteorological Society’s Teaching Excellence Award, and, in 2007 was recognized for his contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Prize that same year. Steve is 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 caller's questions about weather and climate.

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 UW Science Alliance, the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) where she co-chairs the climate education working group, and the Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) outreach roundtable.

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.