Eugenia Kalnay is Professor of atmospheric and oceanic science in the University of Maryland (UMD) and an expert in predictability and ensemble forecasting, numerical weather prediction, data assimilation, coupled ocean-atmosphere modelling and climate change.
She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). In 2009, she received the prestigious World Meteorological Organization IMO Prize. Her work on the impact of land use on climate change was chosen by Discovery Magazine as one of the top 100 science results of 2010, and her seminal paper on reanalysis is the most cited paper in all geosciences.
Prior to her coming to UMD, she was Branch Head at NASA Goddard, and later served for 10 years as the Director of the Environmental Modelling Center within the National Weather Service, where she was instrumental in major improvements in the NWS models' forecasting skill.