Robbie E. Hood, Native American Atmospheric Scientist

Robbie E. Hood

Atmospheric Scientist

Robbie E. Hood is a Native American atmospheric scientist. As a child, she became interested in weather after witnessing the effects of Hurricane Camille in Mississippi in 1969 and the1974 Neosho tornado. Working at the Earth Science Office of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, her research highlighted the benefits of remote sensing observations for monitoring weather. She was the leader of a passive microwave instrumentation group of scientists and engineers who developed and deployed two aircraft sensors to observe precipitation and oceanic winds. In 2008, she founded the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and became its first director.