Dr. Berger has a scientific background in solar and space physics, a strong publication record, and the leadership experience to advance the NWS space weather prediction program to the highest level possible.
Dr. Berger comes to the NWS from the National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, N.M., where he served as the project scientist for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. When completed, it will become the world's premier ground-based solar observatory providing unprecedented abilities to view details of the Sun. Prior to that position, Dr. Berger served as a solar physicist at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab within the Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif. As a senior staff physicist, Dr. Berger served in numerous high profile leadership positions during his 15 year career at Lockheed Martin. As a co-Investigator on the Japanese/US/UK Hinode Solar Optical Telescope, he was responsible for coordinating scientific investigations, analysis, and public outreach. Dr. Berger was the founding Chairman of the American Astronomical Society/Solar Physics Division's public policy subcommittee and has conducted visits to policy makers in Washington, D.C. Dr. Berger led the development of the Solc filter for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph Small-Explorer mission and was responsible for primary optical design, testing, acceptance and integration. As the Chief Scientist for ground-based solar observations, Dr. Berger was responsible for planning and executing observing campaigns at the Swedish Solar Telescope on La Palma in the Canary Islands. As a Flight Scientist at the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, he served as a design engineer on the YF-22 Advanced Technology Fighter program.
Dr. Berger holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics/Astrophysics, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering/Fluid Mechanics, both from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from University of California, Berkeley.