Marshall Shepherd, the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer or scientist:
NAE membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”
Shepherd’s citation was “for development of methods to understand the Earth’s hydrometeorological and hydroclimate system, and for climate science public communication and outreach.”
“Dr. Shepherd combines scholarly expertise with an extraordinary dedication to engaging the public,” said S. Jack Hu, the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “He is an inspiration to students at the University of Georgia and to aspiring scientists across America and beyond.”
A UGA faculty member since 2006, Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate. He directs the university’s Atmospheric Sciences Program and is a professor in the department of geography, part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations on this tremendous honor for Dr. Shepherd. For many years, his scholarship, public engagement and leadership have brought distinction to UGA and the Franklin College. His expertise in communicating science has proven as valuable in the halls of Congress as it is indispensable in the classroom. He inspires our students as a role-model and mentor while pioneering advancements in climate science across multiple disciplines. We could not be more proud of this outstanding honor for his professional excellence and achievements.
Image: Dr. Shepherd with students at a campus rooftop weather station. UGA Photo.