National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
Ming Ji

Location: Silver Spring, MD
Office of Science and Technology Integration (OSTI)
Job Title: Director, OSTI

Educational Background:

  • Doctorate in Meteorology from the University of Maryland

Describe the career path that led you to your current job with the National Weather Service.

What do you do for the NWS?

  • I am responsible for the overall management of the NWS research, development and operations transition portfolio, including planning, integration and oversight of science and technology improvement activities across the agency.

What was the most interesting, exciting, or impactful weather/water event you experienced while working for the NWS and why does it stand out?

  • The 1997-98 El Niño event was one of the strongest event on record. I lead the development and implementation of the first NWS operational climate prediction model that predicted the event 6-9 month in advance.

What made you decide to pursue a career with the NWS?

  • Research and development conducted by NWS have clear and direct mission relevance and the results have a clear transition path to enhanced operational services.

What do you like most about working for the NWS?

  • The NWS has a great mission. I always know clearly why I do what I do for the NWS.

What advice do you have for someone interested in a career with the NWS?

  • The NWS is a great agency with a clearly defined mission to serve the nation. If you want to make a difference, join the NWS.

What training or coursework would you recommend to someone interested in following your career path?

  • I recommend people take advantage of opportunities to move around to different organizations within the agency to gain broad perspectives of the entire agency.