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Kevin Petty


Kevin Petty is the director of science and forecasting and head of public-private partnerships for The Weather Company, an IBM Business delivering weather and climate services globally. He oversees research and development for weather solutions and is responsible for forecasting operations, including a global team of meteorologists across IBM’s The Weather Company. Petty also manages the company’s relationships with members of the national and global weather enterprise that includes government agencies, academia, and other private-sector providers.

Petty spends time interacting with the weather and climate enterprise to help create collaborations and foster community. He is a committee member of the Environmental Information Services Working Group (EISWG) for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and serves as a member of the dean’s advisor board for Colorado State University’s College of Engineering. An American Meteorological Society (AMS) Fellow, he is also a steering committee member of the Commission on the Weather Water and Climate Enterprise for the AMS. He regularly speaks and publishes on weather and climate topics. Petty graduated with a Ph.D. and master’s degree in atmospheric science from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Illinois College.

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