Management Team

Guy Seeley — President 

Dr. Guy Seeley is president of Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), a leading science-based knowledge company addressing the contemporary challenges of monitoring, modeling, and understanding the complete natural environment. He is responsible for the company’s performance and for the execution of science and technology projects, ranging from basic research to mission critical system development for government, insurance, financial, and energy sector clients.

Dr. Seeley served in other leadership positions at AER and ISO/Verisk before becoming AER’s president in December 2015. During his more than 20-year career, he has had responsibility for a number of state-of- the-art weather and remote sensing programs, products, and services reaching government and commercial markets.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Seeley worked extensively with military pilots and research laboratories to produce infrared mission planning decision aid tools to reduce risk and improve mission performance. He was responsible for the development, validation, and rapid transition to combat operations of highly effective new mission planning technologies for the F-117 and other aircraft.

Dr. Seeley holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Boston University.


Steve Lowe — Executive Vice President

Mr. Lowe has been actively engaged in the Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation community for over 15 years, pursuing the objective of including realistic environment representation in military applications. He has led the development of enabling technology and supported major simulation programs for all service branches, currently as the Principal Investigator for the Environmental Data Cube Support System (EDCSS) program, a tri-service initiative to provide ready access to multi-domain environment data, effects models and support products. Mr. Lowe holds BS and MS degrees in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech and has maintained a strong interest in atmospheric fluid dynamics throughout his career. Prior to joining AER, Mr. Lowe worked for SAIC, supporting the Naval Research Laboratory in the area of numerical weather prediction model development, and for Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in the area of air-sea interface research.


Dave Hogan — Senior Vice President

With over 30 years of advanced system design and development experience, Mr. Hogan’s career focus has been on the development of advanced solutions for challenging environmental and remote sensing problems including transition to operational systems for commercial, government and military applications. He managed AER's GOES-R and NPOESS programs where he developed AER's management and software engineering processes for large-scale software development. Mr. Hogan received a BS in Physical Sciences and an MS in Meteorology from the University of Maryland.


Robert Morris, Ph.D. — Senior Vice President, Research & Development Division, and Chief Science Officer

Dr. Robert Morris leads AER's Research and Development Division, responsible for scientific research and technology development in the areas of atmospheric composition and radiation / radiative transfer, air quality, satellite remote sensing and retrievals, numerical weather prediction, data assimilation, physical oceanography, climate science, and seasonal forecasting. The R&D Division also develops decision aids for government and commercial customers and supports government environmental/weather R&D and operations. Dr. Morris has over 24 years of government laboratory experience in space environment, atmospheric science, and remote sensing, including 14 years in leadership positions within the Air Force Research Laboratory's Battlespace Environment Division. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and over 100 conference papers. Dr. Morris is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and an AFRL Fellow. He earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Boston College and his B.S. in chemistry at Bates College.


Ned Snell, Ph.D. — Principal Scientist and Vice President — Satellite Programs

Dr. Snell leads AER's Satellite Programs Division and serves as the Program Manager for AER's GOES-R effort, working on the nation's next generation geo-synchronous weather and environment satellite.  Dr. Snell is experienced in all aspects of both theoretical and experimental remote sensing, including extensive infrared and ultraviolet radiative transfer model and retrieval algorithm development. He led the development of the infrared ozone retrieval algorithm for the infrared algorithms of the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite (OMPS) and served as AER Project Manager for algorithm development for the Cross-Track Infrared and Microwave Sounder Suite (CrIMSS), part of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Satellite System (NPOESS).

Dr. Snell is a member of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Prior to joining AER in 1994, he studied and received a PhD in Atmospheric and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan and an AB in Geophysics from the University of Chicago.


Scott Zaccheo, Ph.D. — Chief Software Engineer and Senior Vice President — Software Engineering

Dr. Zaccheo is an expert in image processing and systems engineering and has spent the last 15 years applying engineering principles to the process of acquiring and analyzing scientific data.  At AER, Dr. Zaccheo has been the primary architect of numerous scientific systems, including an interactive suite of analysis tools designed to assess the performance of retrieval algorithms associated with heritage and next-generation, earth-observing environmental sensors.  He has also been a member of a research team responsible for the design and analysis of inverse methods for retrieving atmospheric moisture and temperature profiles from microwave and infrared sounder data.  Prior to joining AER, Dr. Zaccheo worked at Lincoln Laboratory on characterization of infrared clutter and the assessment of its impact on detection and estimation techniques.  He has been a contributing member of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and Hubble Space Telescope (HST) algorithm teams.  He has authored or coauthored more than a dozen scientific papers and holds three degrees in Electrical Engineering, including a PhD from Tufts University.


Richard Quinn, Ph.D. — Principal Scientist and Vice President – Space Weather Division

Dr. Richard Quinn leads AER’s Space Weather Division in support of research and development and operationalization and commercialization of space weather related research. Coming from a PhD background in experimental and computational plasma physics, upon coming to AER in 2004, Dr. Quinn shifted his focus to development of computational models of the space environment and later to application of software engineering best practices to space environment product development, gradually moving into project and group management. Dr. Quinn has worked closely with the key AER Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) customer to identify critical requirements, extend knowledge of the geospace plasma environment, and bring essential personnel into projects under his guidance to better meet AFRL needs. The Space Weather Division currently consists of a strong mix of senior and mid-level staff scientists, software engineers, scientific programmers and IT service professionals, who team with a small cadre of key external consultants, subcontractors and business partners. Key areas of expertise include the near-Earth trapped and untrapped radiation environment modeling and impacts, Earth geomagnetic field, solar wind, solar proton event forecasting, assimilative ionosphere modeling, GPS and RF communication impacts and geomagnetically induced currents in electrical power grids. The division also develops and provides full software life-cycle support to AER's commercial Space Environment and Effects Toolkit (STK SEET) for AGI's popular commercial STK software. Previously, after receiving his PhD in physics from The University of Iowa, Dr. Quinn worked for 3+ years at the Max Planck Institute in Garching, Germany, eventually leading the early development phase of a multi-national ISS micro-gravity experiment. During his scientific career, Dr. Quinn has prepared and presented over 60 talks, posters and refereed journal articles and led, written or co-written numerous successful proposals.