Dr. Richard Eckman: "From the time that I was in 5th grade, I was convinced that I would become a meteorologist. I think that it was due to an early fascination with lightning. But, through chance encounters (like one on a Pan Am 747) and much serendipity, I ended up as an atmospheric chemical modeler at NASA. I think that I was destined to work at NASA (not that I really believe in those sorts of things!). In this talk, I'll describe some of those encounters and experiences that led me from meteorology to ionospheric physics to mesospheric chemistry and, ultimately, to program management."
Dr. Richard Eckman, Program Manager, NASA Headquarters