David Knapp

Mr. David Knapp is the Associate Division Chief for Science and Technology in the Battlefield Environment Division at Army Research Laboratory (ARL).  He supports the laboratory’s new Atmospheric Science Center by leading efforts to develop new and strengthen current research collaborations in the areas of atmospheric sensing, characterization, and modeling for the Army’s future battlefield needs.  He recently completed a 10-year stint as chief of the Division’s Atmospheric Modeling Branch, providing technical leadership to scientists and engineers focused on developing, validating, and fielding innovative atmospheric prediction capabilities tailored for all Army battlefield operational scales.  Mr. Knapp has been with ARL for over 20 years in different research capacities related to battlefield weather forecasting.  He retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2003 after serving a combined 22 years of active and reserve duty as a weather officer in a variety of operational forecasting, research, and leadership positions. He has extensive experience focused on applied research addressing specific Army weather capability gaps, with additional expertise in aviation weather research topics.  Mr. Knapp received his B.S. in Meteorology from the University of Utah in 1981 and his M.S. in Meteorology in 1988 from North Carolina State University.

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