Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Susan K. Avery

Susan K. Avery

Research Interests

Middle atmosphere dynamics; ground-based remote sensing.

Susan Avery joined CIRES in 1982 as a Visiting Fellow, having received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1978. She is the first woman, and the first engineer to be CIRES' Director. She is a Fellow of IEEE and AMS and the recipient of the prestigious Margaret Willard Award, the Elizabeth Gee Award, and the Robert L. Stearns Award from the University. During Susan's tenure, CIRES has established a thriving K-12 Outreach program and the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research [ About the Center ] , both efforts to make CIRES research more applicable, understandable and accessible to the public. Susan spearheaded CIRES reorganization of the institute into six themes that reflect its diverse science. She is also responsible for the popular and unique Innovative Research Program and establishment of the "Western Water Assessment" initiative. Susan's husband Jim, like Susan, is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, and a former Fellow, so they keep CIRES all in their family. Susan was named Interim Dean of the University of Colorado at Boulder's Graduate School and Vice Chancellor for Research in September 2004.