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Colonel Jennifer Alexander

Permanent Professor and Head, Department of Economics & Geosciences

Department of Economics & Geosciences

Colonel Jennifer Alexander
Contact Information

(719) 333-8725



Colonel Jen Alexander is Permanent Professor and Head, Department of Economics and Geosciences, Dean of Faculty, United States Air Force Academy. Colonel Alexander also served as the Director of Staff, Dean of the Faculty, US Air Force Academy. As a career weather officer, she has distinguished herself in a variety of leadership positions within the operations and technology transition disciplines, and has served in key positions in support of Air Force, Army and Joint operations. She is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has served on numerous committees, including the American Meteorological Society Council and Executive Committee.


PhD Meteorology, University of Utah

Masters of Science, Meteorology, Texas A&M University

Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Science, University of Arizona

Professional Experience

Director of Staff, Dean of Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado

Director, Commander’s Action Group, Dean of Faculty, US Air Force Academy, Colorado; International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Chief Meteorological Officer, Kabul, Afghanistan

Director of Meteorology and Assistant Professor Meteorology, Department of Economics and Geosciences, US Air Force Academy, Colorado

Commander, 368th Recruiting Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah

Director of Operations, 45th Weather Squadron, Patrick AFB, Florida

Chief of the Warfighter Support Development Team, Chief of the Training Requirements Branch, Chief of the Training Division, and Director of Operations, 2d Weather Squadron, Air Force Weather Agency, Offutt AFB, Nebraska

Weather Flight Commander, Fort Polk Army Installation, Louisiana

Programmer and Lead Analyst, Numerical Weather Models Team, Air Force Weather Agency, Offutt AFB, Nebraska

Wing Weather Officer, 410th Bomb Wing, K. I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan

Honors & Awards

Fellow, American Meteorological Society
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
NATO Medal
Air Force Merewether Award (best weather technical achievement)
Air Force Weather Agency Moorman Award member (Outstanding Specialized Weather Unit)
Air Force Space Command Outstanding Specialized Weather Unit Award member

Research and Scholarly Interests

Numerical weather prediction and predictability


Roman, J., G. Miguez-Macho, L. Byerle, and J. Paegle, 2004: Intercomparison of Global Research and Operational Forecasts. Weather and Forecasting, 19, 534-551.