Dr. Franco Einaudi received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Politecnico of Turin, Italy and his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University, where he specialized in plasma physics and atmospheric sciences.
Dr. Einaudi's career has included two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Physics Department of the University of Toronto, ten years with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, and seven and a half years at the Georgia Institute of Technology as Professor of Geophysical Sciences.
Dr. Einaudi joined the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland in 1987 and served as Head of the Severe Storms Branch, later called the Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Branch (1988-1990) and Chief of the Laboratory for Atmospheres (1990-2000).
Dr. Einaudi held the position of Director of the Earth Sciences Division from 2000 until he retired in 2010. In this position, he was responsible for planning, organizing, and evaluating a broad program of scientific research, both theoretical and experimental, in the study of the Earth. The program ranged from basic research to the development of flight experiments, to mission operations and data analysis.
An atmospheric dynamicist, Einaudi is recognized nationally and internationally for his work on gravity waves, gravity waves/turbulence interaction, propagation of gravity waves in a moist atmosphere, and the role of gravity waves in initiating and interacting with storms.
Dr. Einaudi is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a member of the American Geophysical Union.
He served as President of the American Meteorological Society in 2006.