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Since 2009, Dr. Richard Eckman has been detailed from NASA Langley to NASA HQ where he is the Program Manager for the ACMAP of the Earth Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate. ACMAP, the Atmospheric Composition Modeling and Analysis Program, focuses on investigations of air quality, how pollution sourced aerosols impact cloud properties, stratospheric chemistry and ozone depletion, and the interactions between climate and atmospheric chemistry.
Prior to leading ACMAP, Dr. Eckman served as Assistant Branch Head of the Chemistry and Dynamics branch at Langley, and during this period (2005-2008), he also was Acting Program Manager for the Energy Management Element of the Applied Sciences Program at NASA HQ. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the AMS Board on Enterprise Communication. He is co-leader of the Atmospheric Composition Constellation at the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, and an Associate Editor for IEEE J-STARS (Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing). Dr. Eckman received his B.A. in physics and astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in astrophysical, planetary and atmospheric sciences from the University of Colorado. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge until 1988, when he joined NASA, working in Atmospheric Sciences at Langley.