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Bonny Strong
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328


Senior Research Associate, Team Lead for Model Verification Associate Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)

I progressed from software engineering into Project and Program Management as I began to see how I could be more effective to ensure the success of software projects in the project manager role.  Joining NOAA in 2013 as a technical project manager for the High Impact Weather Prediction Project (HIWPP), I have since focused on my interest in verification to support model development.  I have worked with the NCAR/NOAA Developmental Testbed Center to develop a vision for a Unified Verification System that will provide a comparable basis for model evaluation across NOAA and collaborating external organizations, and I continue to work to implement this vision.  I also lead efforts within GSL to evaluate new technology and apply it to development and improvement of software systems for model verification.

Since 2017, I have taken on the additional role of Associate Director of CIRA, managing the CIRA program and employees at GSL and other NOAA laboratories, where I am always learning from the talented, diverse group of people employed by CIRA to work with NOAA.

Research Interests
  • Verification of atmospheric models
  • Cloud computing and big data for atmospheric models
  • Automated testing and continuous integration
  • Agile principles for software development and general management
  • Systems engineering
  • Team building, communication skills, conflict resolution, and effective hiring practices


  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado at Denver
  • B.A. (Hons) in Economics, University of Utah


  • 2013-present   NOAA and CIRA, project and program management and leading a team for verification of atmospheric models
  • 2009-2013   National Center for Atmospheric Research, leading projects to build and deploy atmospheric modeling systems in Israel and to develop verification software.
  • 2002-2009   Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK, leading projects and doing software development for a hierarchical storage management system for the CERN Large Hadron Collider.
  • 1988-2001   BVT Associates, software and network engineering to produce real-time quotes for financial derivatives markets.
  • 1979-1987   U.S. Geological Survey, research in seismic risk analysis.

Professional Activities

  • Certified Project Manager, Project Management Institute
  • Certified Scrum master
  • Member American Meteorological Society