University of Portland alumnus Dennis Hartmann '71 elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences



May 4, 2016

Dennnis L. Hartmann, a 1971 graduate of the University of Portland's mechanical engineering program, has been elected as a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Hartmann, a professor of atmospheric sciences at University of Washington, is one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries to be recognized by the NAS for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Hartmann has been a member of the UW faculty since 1977, after earning his doctorate in geophysical fluid dynamics from Princeton University. He specializes in researching the atmosphere's role in climate change and variability, and how the atmosphere interacts with the world's oceans in a changing climate. His scholarship about the physics of greenhouse gases began in the early 1980s, and in 2013 Hartmann was a coordinating lead author of the most recent international assessment of global warming.

Previous appointments for Hartmann include fellowships with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society. His other honors include the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society. 

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by electing its members, and with the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Medicine provides science, technology, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.

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