Joel Susskind

NASA/GSFC: Earth Science Division

 This talk describes the twists and turns of my professional career, starting as a young child who loved to mix household chemicals together and wanted to become a chemist, and continuing through my current 38 years as a Civil Servant at GSFC doing meteorological research.  This path included getting AB and PhD degrees in Chemistry, being a Post-Doc doing molecular Quantum Mechanics research first in a Chemistry Department at one University, and later in a Physics Department at another University.  I completed that position having no employment prospects at whatsoever, after having unsuccessfully applied for many Academic positions.  A combination of unlikely events brought me to GISS in New York, still without a job, and led me to obtain another Post Doc position at GISS, again doing research in molecular Quantum Mechanics. This position naturally flowed into where I am now.  I will take the opportunity of this talk to also briefly show some of what I, consider to be exciting meteorological results I and my research group here at Goddard have been getting lately.