Cambridge, MA—Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (AER) today announced the expansion of its Cambridge-based Applied Research Division to the U.S. West Coast. Don Boucher, an expert in satellite data processing and analysis techniques, has been appointed the technical lead at the new Los Angeles office, marking another milestone in the company's history as it extends its reach into further remote sensing and sensor payload opportunities.
"The Los Angeles area gives AER the opportunity to apply its science innovation expertise in a geographical region of considerable earth remote sensing and aerospace, government, academic, and commercial activity," said Ron Isaacs, senior vice president, and executive director of AER's Technology Solutions Center. "This opportunity is further enhanced with the leadership of Don Boucher, an experienced manager who will lead the effort."
AER/Los Angeles will support AER's efforts in satellite remote sensing, sensor payloads, ground processing, and weather prediction data assimilation—areas in which AER has become an industry leader. AER is the premier algorithm developer for four critical sensor payload study contracts as part of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Program. NPOESS combines the country's military and civilian weather satellite programs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites and the Department of Defense's Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) into a single system. This system is expected to save up to $1 billion over the life of the program.
Mr. Boucher comes to AER with 25 years of experience in atmospheric sciences and remote sensing techniques. Prior to joining AER, Mr. Boucher was director of Sensors and Sensor Ground Processing, DMSP Program Office at Aerospace Corporation, where he was responsible for system and sensor interface issues and requirements; advanced technology identification, development, and implementation; ground data processing design and development (including algorithm, development and implementation to operations); concepts of operations for Air Force Weather; specification writing, development, review and configuration control; user and development; sensor calibration and validation; and independent technical assessment of overall program health.
Mr. Boucher received a master's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1975. His expertise will complement AER's strategy of fortifying its lead in the area of satellite remote sensing and weather prediction model data assimilation. This is AER's fourth U.S. office -- Cambridge headquarters opened in 1977, the Washington, D.C. office opened in 1993, and the Air Quality Division in San Ramon, California in 1996.
Founded in 1977, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. is an award-winning environmental research and consulting company with demonstrated expertise in remote sensing, satellite meteorology, numerical weather prediction, climatology, circulation diagnostics, atmospheric chemistry, air quality and risk assessment, mathematical modeling, planetary sciences, and system engineering. In addition to its Cambridge, MA headquarters, AER has offices in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Hong Kong, and Beijing.