Sam Miller, Ph.D. of Plymouth State University Earns Certified Consulting Meteorologist Designation

Prestigious credential granted by American Meteorological Society to select meteorologists 

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (March 20, 2017) – Plymouth State University today announced that Sam Miller, Ph.D., has earned the nationally recognized Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) designation by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Dr. Miller is associate professor of meteorology and chairperson of PSU’s Department of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry.

The CCM designation is issued to highly qualified meteorologists providing research and services to a wide variety of users of weather information, including agriculture, business, industry and various sectors of government. These services extend beyond the traditional public service functions and statutory responsibilities of the National Weather Service. The designation is granted only to those who demonstrate a broad background in meteorology, together with detailed knowledge in a particular field of specialization.

In addition to traditional meteorology classes, Dr. Miller has presented seminars on winter weather in New England and climate change, among other topics. He has also developed partnerships involving PSU students in research with organizations such as the Mount Washington Observatory, National Weather Service offices in Gray and Caribou, Maine, and the New England Transportation Consortium.

“Dr. Miller’s professional background and extensive practical experience in many areas of meteorology are a tremendous asset to our program and our students,” said Eric Hoffman, Ph.D., Director of PSU’s Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute. “He has helped to create innovative partnerships with organizations such as the National Weather Service, which give our students real-world experience. The current project, studying the effects of a phenomenon called ‘cold air damming,’ is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and gives PSU students opportunities to work directly with National Weather Service scientists and forecasters. The CCM designation is testament to Dr. Miller’s passion for and commitment to his profession, and we congratulate him on this important achievement.”

Prior to joining the PSU faculty, Dr. Miller served in the United States Air Force, where he was a weather forecaster and observer at air bases around the world; served as a research scientist at the University of New Hampshire; and was a weather forecaster for the National Weather Service (NOAA) in Anchorage, Alaska.

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