Published: Oct. 7, 2021

Jim HansenJim Hansen
Superintendent, Marine Meteorology Division - U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Tuesday, Oct. 12 | 11:30 A.M. | AERO 114

Dr. Jim Hansen is the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Marine Meteorology Division (MMD) in Monterey, CA.  He directs a broadly based, multi-disciplinary program of scientific research, advanced technology development and applied research in marine meteorology and related atmospheric sciences to develop new numerical analysis and prediction systems to support Navy and DoD operations and to provide new understanding of the environmental impacts on Naval platforms, sensors, and systems.  He leads a team of 120 scientists, engineers and technical and support personnel and executes a $35M annual budget.  

Prior to joining NRL, Dr. Hansen served as an Associate Professor and an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); a Post-doctoral Fellow at MIT; research scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK; and Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, University of Oxford, UK.  He was concurrently a Visiting Scientist/Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Hansen earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics from the University of Oxford through the Rhodes Scholarship Program in 1998; along with BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1992 and 1993.

While earning his degree in CU Boulder aerospace, Hansen was also as an offensive lineman for the CU Buffs. He was an All-Big Eight Conference first team offensive tackle, a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy, and received an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 2018.

He has been awarded two Patents for his Navy related research and has published over 38 peer-reviewed journal articles.