Welcome to Mind the Gap, a worshop Promote Educating the Next Generation of Atmospheric Scientists for Industry Needs

Mind the Gap

Why a Workshop?

Weather, water, and climate impact nearly every sector of the economy and nearly every citizen of the United States. In an effort to meet the changing needs and concerns of all sectors in the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise, synergistic linkages between government entities, private sector organizations, and universities have developed and grown over the last several decades.


Schematic representation of the diverse career options and their intersections. Credit: Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Science, An Information Statement of the American Meteorological Society

Recent analyses suggest that jobs in atmospheric science will grow at a faster rate than the average for all occupations between 2016–2026 (e.g., Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016). More specifically, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016) job outlook for atmospheric scientists highlights that the “best job prospects for meteorologists are expected to be in private industry.”

To address the expanding reach of atmospheric sciences, current American Meteorologicial Society guidelines on a Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Science, lists among other things, software development experience, enrollment in business courses, and exposure to data analytics and machine learning, as relevant educational pursuits that better prepare students for successful private sector careers.

In recent years, the changing private sector landscape in atmospheric sciences has exposed existing gaps in the education and preparation of the atmospheric science workforce and the skillsets needed for private sector employment. Students and faculty from a variety of meteorology programs have expressed that there is a lack of awareness regarding existing private sector career opportunities and the requisite skillsets to pursue those careers.

How can academic departments and programs work with the private sector to better prepare students for the wide ranging career opportunities in atmospheric science? This workshop is organized around finding answers to this question.

Workshop Goals

The Mind the Gap workshop is bringing together represetatives from the Private Sector & Academia to:

  1. Identify curriculum gaps and challenges linked to a lack of preparation for students pursuing careers in the private sector.
  2. Discuss these gaps and challenges, propose creative solutions for academic & private sectors.
  3. Create sets of recommendations for programs to address these gaps and challenges.
  4. Create sets of recommendations for private sector partners to take a more active roll in addressing skill gaps and challenges.
  5. Lay the groundwork for future opportunities for collaboration between private sector and academia that includes students.

Workshop Logistics

NCAR has provided information for workshop participants on their webpage

Please visit Mind the Gap Logistics for details

Workshop Schedule

Wednesday, July 10, begin at 9:00 AM

  • Welcome, Icebreaker
  • Objectives, Process, Goals
  • Working Lunch—Group Building
  • Private Sector Panel
  • Academic Sector Panel
  • Sector Small Groups—Define Issues
  • Evening Reception

Thursday, July 11, begin at 8:30 AM

  • Joint Private-Academic Panel
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Working Lunch—Joint Sector Small Group
  • Identifying Themes and Priorities—Full Group
  • Recommendations—Small Groups

Friday, July 12, begin at 8:30 AM

  • Small Group Reports
  • Large Group Synthesis
  • Action Items and Planning
  • End by lunchtime (noon)

Mind the Gap

Dates: July 10-12, 2019

Location: NCAR in Boulder, CO

Mind the Gap Logistics

Workshop Sponsors

NSF, AMS, UCAR/NCAR, BMS, CWG, Maxar, Millersville U

BMS | CWG  | Maxar | Millersville University

The Organizing Committee

Stephen Bennett, Riskpulse
Heidi Centola,The Weather Company, IBM Watson IoT
Dr. Larry Gloeckler, Riskpulse
Dr. Sue Ellen Haupt, NCAR
Dr. Andrea L. Lang, University at Albany, SUNY

Email the organizing committee:

mind _ the _ gap @ riskpulse.com

Workshop Format

Engaging and Interactive Sessions
Small Group Discussions & Breakout Sessions
Invited Speakers
Estimated 60 workshop participants
Evening Reception