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Talaat Honored as Alumni of the Year

Dr. Elsayed Talaat has been selected as the Alumni of the Year at the University of Michigan Department of Climate and Space.

The University of Michigan Department of Climate and Space is proud to present the Alumni of the Year, Dr. Elsayed Talaat. He will be honored during a seminar presentation and reception at the Climate and Space Research Building in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023.

Dr. Elsayed Talaat is the Director of the Office of Space Weather Observations at NESDIS. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight of the development, acquisition, integration, installation, and acceptance of major system elements for NOAA’s operational environmental satellite systems.

Before joining NOAA, Dr. Talaat worked as the Chief Scientist of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. In this role, he directed overall development efforts for the Heliophysics space science program in Solar, Heliospheric, Magnetospheric, and Ionospheric, Thermospheric, and Mesospheric physics. Previously, he was a Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters, where he served as Program Scientist for the Living with a Star mission and science line, grant research lines, and Heliophysics and Planetary missions.

Prior to joining NASA, he worked as Supervisor of the Earth and Planetary Atmospheres Section at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), where his research focused on developing remote sensing techniques as well as data analysis and modeling of geophysical and planetary phenomena. Dr. Talaat received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from the University of Washington, and a Master’s of Science and Doctorate from the University of Michigan in Atmospheric and Space Sciences. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 journal papers and over 300 conference papers.

Dr. Talaat will present in the U-M Climate and Space Seminar Series with a talk beginning at 3:30pm Eastern on Thursday, Sept. 21, in the CSRB Auditorium (Room 2246.) The event will also include an award presentation and a reception in the 2nd Floor Lounge at 4:30pm. Remote viewing options will also be available.

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