Michael C. Morgan, Ph.D. is the assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction. In this role, Dr. Morgan is responsible for providing agency-wide direction with regard to weather, water, climate, and ocean observations, including in situ instruments and satellites, and the process of converting observations to predictions for environmental threats.
Dr. Morgan has more than 25 years of demonstrated scientific leadership. Prior to joining NOAA, he had most recently served as a professor and associate department chair in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his research was focused on the analysis, diagnosis, prediction, and predictability of mid-latitude and tropical weather systems.
In addition to his roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Morgan recently served on the World Meteorological Organization World Weather Research Programme’s Scientific Steering Committee. In addition, he recently served as a member of the board of directors of the American Institute of Physics and as chair of their Public Policy Advisory Committee. He also recently completed two terms on the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
Dr. Morgan has previously served as the division director for the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences at the National Science Foundation, and as an AMS/UCAR congressional science fellow, working in the office of U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (MD) as a senior legislative fellow on energy and environmental issues.
Dr. Morgan is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He earned his S.B. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.