CU-Boulder prof named chief scientist at NASA

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University of Colorado-Boulder faculty member Waleed Abdalati has been selected as NASA’s chief scientist.

The 46-year-old associate geography professor will start the two-year term in January.

Abdalati directs the Earth Science Observation Center at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies, a venture of the university and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His research focuses on understanding changes in Earth’s ice cover.

Abdalati will be chief adviser to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency’s science programs, planning and science investments. He’ll work with the White House, Office of Management and Budget and Congress.

Abdalati previously worked at NASA for 10 years.