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February 7, 2023

Department honors 2022 Outstanding Alum Walt Petersen

Dr. Walt Petersen of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center visited the department on Thursday, February 2 to be honored as the 2022 ATS Outstanding Alum.

Department Head Eric Maloney provided some background on the honor, and bestowed on Walt the trophy and an honorary bound copy of his sizeable Ph.D thesis, before Prof. Steve Rutledge formally introduced him.

Walt gave a talk that traced his career path from the Navy to CSU to his current leadership position at Marshall Space Flight Center. He not only talked about his scientific journey in field research and radar meteorology related to deep convection, but also relayed to students and others in the department the life lessons he learned along the way.

You can read more about Walt Petersen’s career and the thoughts he shared with the department here.