Founded in 1968, the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists (NCIM), the nation's oldest, continuously active professional association of private sector consulting and industrial meteorologists, finds itself in the midst of unprecedented growth and interest in the private practice of meteorology. Within the next five years, reliable estimates indicate that the private sector will expand to 40 percent of the nation's meteorological work force and to 50 percent by the year 2010.
NCIM was formed to accommodate the diverse needs and interests within the weather consulting and information industry. NCIM has re-examined the core services it provides to, and for the benefit of its members, and has added various professional outreach initiatives, which should more generally serve to benefit private sector meteorologist.
(Scholarship awarded to a student who has evidenced a strong interest in applied meteorology)
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) administers senior undergraduate scholarships established in memory of a loved one or to honor an individual's contributions to the sciences. These scholarships are intended to help further the education of outstanding students who are pursuing degrees in the atmospheric and related oceanic or hydrologic sciences.
NCIM President serves on the Steering Committee of the American Meteorological Society's Commission on Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise (CWWCE)
The Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise (CWWCE) is charged with developing and implementing programs that address the needs and concerns of all sectors of the weather, water and climate enterprise; promote a sense of community between government entities, private sector organizations; and universities; foster synergistic linkages between and among sectors; entrain and educate user communities on the value of weather and climate information; educate policy makers on the value and operations of the enterprise; and provide appropriate venues and opportunities for communications that foster frank, open and balanced discussions on points of contention and concern. In other words, the "prime directive" of the CWWCE is to engage the government, academic, and private sectors on pressing and strategic issues on behalf of the Society. These interactions may extend to involve other AMS Commissions, the user community, and disciplines beyond that may request assistance with enterprise communication, growth and development matters. A core value of the CWWCE is to encourage early career, diverse, and student participants in Commission activities including, as appropriate, leadership positions. The CWWCE also recommends annual recipients for the Kenneth C. Spengler Award.
The Steering Committee (SC) is composed of leaders from the weather, water and climate enterprise plus 5 non-voting members. Appointments are for three-year terms, with 1/3 of the membership changing each year. The SC is nominated by the Commissioner in consultation with the CEC and is endorsed by the Council. Standing positions include the Director of the National Weather Service, the President of the American Weather and Climate Industry Association (AWCIA), the President of the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists (NCIM), and the Executive Director of the National Weather Association (NWA). Voting members of the SC are required to be directly involved with Commission activities and for providing mentorship and guidance to CWWCE members. SC members will promote and foster synergistic linkages between and among the sectors, engage and educate user communities on the value of weather and climate information, and work with the CEC to broaden the base and ensure inclusiveness of the activities of the Enterprise.