Sue Ellen Haupt

Sue Ellen Haupt
Senior Scientist

Dr. Haupt is an NCAR Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of the Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) of NCAR.  In that role, she oversees strategic planning and development, balancing staff project allocations, coordinating diversity and inclusion, scientific activities, and fills in for the Director in his absence.  Dr. Haupt leads projects in renewable energy prediction and coupling mesoscale models to microscale models.  She is also a Contributing and Founding Director of the World Energy and Meteorology Council (WEMC) and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Until 2018, she directed the Weather Systems and Assessment Program of RAL. Before that, she headed the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics at the Applied Research Laboratory of The Pennsylvania State University where she remains an Adjunct Professor of Meteorology.  She earned her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, M.S. in Engineering Management from Western New England College, B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State, and did a postdoctoral fellowship with the Advanced Study Program of NCAR. She has also been on the faculty of the University of Colorado/Boulder; the U.S. Air Force Academy (visiting); University of Nevada, Reno; and Utah State University and previously worked for the New England Electric System and GCA Corporation.

Dr. Haupt is an expert in boundary layer meteorology, large scale atmospheric dynamics, applications of artificial intelligence in the environmental sciences, renewable energy, dynamical systems, numerical methods, and computational fluid dynamics. Her specialty is in applying novel numerical techniques to problems in the environmental sciences in both basic and applied research.  She enjoys teaching and mentoring graduate students as well as developing and directing research programs and projects.

Dr. Haupt is currently Commissioner of the AMS Commission on the Weather, Water, Climate Enterprise. She recently served on AMS Council and the Energy committee and previously chaired the Committee on Artificial Intelligence Applications to Environmental Science of the AMS and has taught  portions of short courses offered by that committee, as well as short courses related to meteorology and energy offered through WEMC.  Additionally, Dr. Haupt is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Society of Women Engineers (served as faculty advisor for student groups for five years), Chi Epsilon Pi, and Phi Mu Epsilon.  She co-authored Practical Genetic Algorithms (Wiley and Sons 1998, second edition 2004, Arabic edition 2011); is primary editor for Applications of Artificial Intelligence Methods in the Environmental Sciences (Springer, 2009); co-edited Weather Matters for Energy (2014); and has authored many book chapters, journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports.

Lab Deputy Director