Ed Ciardi is Centuria’s Vice President of Weather Systems, and is the Program Manager of Centuria’s $100M, 10-year Mission Support and Information Technology Services (MSITS) prime contract. He has more than 35 years of experience in government and private sector weather systems support. Ed leads a high-level team of over 50 engineers, scientists, CM specialists, IT specialists, and radar technicians that provide lifecycle support to the Nation’s NEXRAD Doppler weather radar network at the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Radar Operation Center in Norman, OK. He is responsible for all aspects of Program Management across a wide variety of engineering and technical personnel supporting the NWS NEXRAD program. This team includes radar, hardware and software engineers, meteorologists, logisticians, configuration management specialists, technical writer/editors, field service technicians and more.
Prior to joining Centuria, Ed held management and technical positions with Serco, Inc., RS Information Systems, Wyle Information Systems, the University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorology (CIIMMS), and the USAF. He has managed the construction, restoration, and testing of NEXRAD weather radar sites in the U.S.
Ed is a retired Air Force Officer and his 20-year military career included over 1400 flying hours with the Hurricane Hunters Squadron in Biloxi, MS. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State University and performed his master’s degree research in tropical and satellite meteorology at St Louis University.