College of Sciences Honors Logan Dawson with Outstanding Alumni Award

The College of Sciences has recognized Logan Dawson ’12 for his outstanding achievements and contributions.

Originally Published by Miriam Antelis, College of Sciences News

Brand Fortner, Etienne Phillips, Ashley Deutsch, Logan Dawson and Ashley Hinks with their 2023 College of Sciences excellence awards
From left to right: Brand Fortner, Zenith Medal for Service recipient; Etienne Phillips, Student Excellence Award (undergraduate) recipient; Ashley Deutsch, Student Excellence Award (graduate); recipient Logan Dawson, Outstanding Alumnus Award recipient; and Ashley Hink, Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient

The College of Sciences hosted its annual awards dinner on Sept. 28, at The Terrace at Lonnie Poole Golf Course, where Logan Dawson ’12 was recognized for his outstanding achievements and contributions. 

Outstanding Alumnus Award

The Outstanding Alumnus Award recognizes accomplished early-career graduate students who have excelled in their professions or through public service. This year’s recipient is Logan Dawson, who attended NC State as a Park Scholar and earned bachelor’s degrees in meteorology and marine science in 2012. He also earned a doctorate in atmospheric science from Purdue University in 2017. 

Dawson works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he recently took on the role of science and operations officer at the National Weather Service Ocean Prediction Center. In this position, he will be responsible for training staff and integrating scientific advancements into weather forecasting. His most recent work focused on verification and validation of numerical weather prediction models, which are used by meteorologists worldwide.

Dawson was also part of a NOAA team that won a Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 2022 for its efforts in developing and implementing the current operational version of NOAA’s Air Quality Model. He has served on multiple boards and committees for NC State and the American Meteorological Society. Currently, Dawson serves as the commissioner of the DC Gay Flag Football League. This nonprofit organization runs recreational flag football games and works to foster a safe, positive environment and community for its participants. Each year, Dawson generously participates in NC State’s Day of Giving event.  

Lewis Owen and Logan Dawson

Ashley Hink also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Brand Fortner, a teaching professor in the Department of Physics, received the Zenith Medal for Service, and Etienne Phillips and Ashley Deutsch received Student Excellence Awards for undergraduate seniors and graduates, respectively.