Christopher Williams
Research Professor
Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR)

Office Location: AERO 455

Focus Area

Remote Sensing, Earth, & Space Sciences


  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, 1994
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1986
  • BS, Electronic Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1984

Professional Experience

  • 2018 - Present, Research Professor, Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
  • 2015 - 2017, Senior Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at University of Colorado Boulder, in partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)
  • 1994 - 2015, Research Scientist, CIRES & NOAA
  • 1988 - 1991, Development Engineer, COBE Laboratories, Arvada, Colorado
  • 1987 - 1988, Design Engineer, HGM Medical Laser Systems, Salt Lake City, Utah

Awards (selected)

  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Robert H. Goddard Award (Ground Validation Team) for Exceptional Achievement in Science, 2015
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Post-Launch Team, “For exceeding all expectations for GPM operations, data processing, algorithm performance, science impact, and education and public outreach within one year after launch”, 2015
  • American Meteorological Society Editor Award from Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 2014
  • CIRES Outstanding Scientist of the Year, 2006

Research Interests

Radar remote sensing of precipitation from ground, airborne, and satellite platforms; Tropospheric precipitation microphysics and cloud dynamics.