Jorge Sarmiento Recipient of Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Award

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

Jorge Sarmiento, the George J. Magee Professor of Geoscience and Geological Engineering, Emeritus, was one of 15 recipients of the inaugural Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards (Teddies) announced by the U.S. Government Executive Media Group on August 13, 2019.

Sarmiento, director of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project (SOCCOM), was honored for his directorship of the Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES) and its predecessor, the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS). He was one of three recipients in the “Partners” category, which recognizes government's cross-sector partners whose support and guidance of government initiatives was key to their success.

Government Executive cited Sarmiento’s collaborative research with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), writing: “This unique academic-government partnership is an established world leader in understanding and predicting weather and climate across time scales from days to decades. The foundation for this enduring and impactful public-private partnership was built on a need for building numerical models of the earth's processes for environment applications, requiring individuals to develop highly specific scientific and computer programming skills. Sarmiento has been an inspiring leader in the partnership to advance its weather and climate goals. Through the work of the researchers attracted to Princeton by Sarmiento’s scientific acumen, GFDL has become a world leader in developing earth system models, the tools used to predict how climate and environmental systems will change in the future.”

Recipients will be recognized September 19 at an event at the Washington National Cathedral.