Bill Murtagh has accepted the offer to be an SEDC 2016 keynote speaker. Murtagh is the Assistant Director of Space Weather, Energy and Environment Division, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the White House. In his assignment at OSTP he is responsible for the development of a national strategy on space weather.
Bill is also the Program Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Boulder, Colorado. Bill is NOAA’s space weather lead in coordinating preparedness and response efforts with industry, emergency managers, and government officials around the world. He regularly briefs the White House, Congress, and federal agencies on vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure to space weather storms. Bill is also a key contributor in U.S. government efforts to advance international cooperation in space weather-related activities.
Before joining NOAA, Bill was a meteorologist and space weather forecaster in the United States Air Force. He coordinated and provided meteorological support for national security interests around the world. Bill transferred to the SWPC in 1997 as a space weather forecaster and liaison between NOAA and the U.S. Air Force. He joined NOAA in 2003 after retiring from the Air Force with 23 years of military service