Krishna Kumar

Krishna Kumar

EPIC Program Coordinator & Senior Program Scientist

Dr. V. Krishna Kumar is a contractor who provides technical support and oversight as the EPIC Program Coordinator and Senior Program Scientist to EPIC Program, EPIC Contracts, WPO Management and OAR and EPIC Cloud Projects. Krishna is the Project Manager for multiple EPIC Program funded projects such as JCSDA, OAR Cloud High Performance Computing Incubator, EPIC innovation projects and UFS-R2O Data Assimilation/Reanalysis & Reforecast and Project Engineering.

Krishna has  30 years of combined operational and research experience in Numerical Weather Prediction, Data Assimilation, Observing System Experiments, Observing System Simulation Experiments, GFS forecast skill dropout prediction and diagnosis, forecast skill Summary Assessment Metrics,  tropical (monsoon) meteorology and climate studies, software development, software engineering, Operations to Research, Research to Operations and High Performance Computing at NCEP Central Operations, EMC, NOAA/JCSDA, NESDIS/STAR, NASA/GSFC and India’s premier research institutes National Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) and Physical Research Laboratory (PRL).


Prior to joining WPO, Krishna was a Project Manager, Senior Research Scientist and JCSDA Operations to Research Lead at NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)/STAR/RTI, supporting the Research & Technology Maturation for the Exploitation of Emerging Technologies Project.

Krishna obtained his PhD in Meteorology from the Physical Research Laboratory, Department of Space in India, a M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Cochin, India and B.S. in Physics from the University of Calicut, India. He spent 5 years as a National Research Council Fellow and as a Contract Scientist at the Climate & Radiation Branch of NASA/GSFC from 1993-1998. Krishna has authored/co-authored several peer-reviewed and conference publications in American Meteorological Society and international journals and acted as a reviewer to many national/international weather/climate journals, NWS, OAR and NOAA SBIR grants and NOAA contract proposals. Krishna mentored multiple NOAA William Lapenta Summer Interns and NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) Howard University summer student interns and also was a visiting faculty of NCAS Program at Howard University and taught Dynamic Meteorology classes.