2019 - Dr. David C. Fritts

Dr. David Fritts

Dr. David Fritts (Class of 1967) is a renowned scientist and researcher in the area of atmospheric dynamics, with broad experience in theoretical and experimental activities. From organizing rocket campaigns in remote corners of the globe to chairing international committees on atmospheric science, he has had important and lasting impacts on all aspects of this field. A tireless researcher, Fritts has guided rocket and ground-based radar campaigns on six continents. He has installed atmospheric radars all over the world, and as Interdisciplinary Scientist for the NASA TIMED satellite, he helped design this flagship mission now studying the dynamics and energetics of the middle atmosphere. Fritts earned his PhD from the University of Illinois, and has held faculty positions at University of Alaska, University of Colorado and Colorado State University.