President’s Bio

Dr. James Stalker earned a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. degree in Atmospheric Sciences, with particular emphasis in Computational Fluid Dynamical Simulations of various atmospheric phenomena, from the University of Alabama (UAH) in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He also earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Stalker founded Regional Earth System Predictability Research (RESPR), Inc. in 2002 as a New Mexico Small Business Corporation, to engage in computational atmospheric research for improving short-term weather forecasts (e.g., of precipitation (snow and rain), wind and solar energy). His research interests include developing highly accurate atmospheric models for various applications, state-of-the-art supercomputing technologies, peer-reviewed publications, etc. He devised a graduate level course titled “Cloud Dynamics and Microphysics” and taught for a semester. He also taught a daylong professional development course on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with emphasis on numerical methods. American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Albuquerque Chapter, sponsored this professional development course.

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND/EXPERIENCE

 

President & CEO, 2002-present, RESPR, INC.


As president & CEO, Dr. Stalker has developed parallel supercomputing facilities at RESPR, to provide regional weather forecasting products to many different industries such as regional water management, wind and solar energy, surface transportation, aviation, insurance, energy trading, agriculture, etc. He has over twenty-two (22) years of experience using the mesoscale atmospheric model, the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS), in its application to regional applications such as precipitation studies at various temporal/spatial scales, has contributed to considerable model development within RAMS over the years to make the model suitable for specific applications, etc. RESPR has won contracts from private businesses and government at both federal and state levels.
Chairman, President & CEO, 2012-present, SELC Corp
Dr. Stalker is currently developing clean/stable energy solutions for personal and business computing based on his patent-pending energy optimization system. He has put together a leadership team and an advisory board to move these business development efforts.
Director & CTO, 2007-2009, PRECISION WIND, LLC
As Director & CTO, Dr. Stalker spearheaded research and development (R&D) efforts, engaged in product development, parallel computer resource development, strategy development on marketing, sales, and competitive positioning, hiring and trainng staff scientists and other technical personnel.  He also oversaw product delivery requirements and ensured customers got what they paid for for Precision Wind’s products and services.
Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1999-2003
As a Technical Staff Scientist, Dr. Stalker was involved in short-term (one to several days) to long-term (seasonal to annual) simulations of precipitation to investigate, for example, regional hydrologic cycles of watersheds, the north American Monsoon precipitation characteristics (results of which were published in a peer-reviewed journal article), mesoscale vertical transport and mixing behavior, within stable atmospheric boundary layers (for example, those found during winter months or at night), of pollutants in urban areas, urban-scale modeling of dispersion for emergency response management, etc.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1997-1999

As a post-doc, Dr. Stalker was involved in simulations of atmospheric flows and precipitation in convective boundary layer (daytime) conditions. During this period, he also developed an idealized two-dimensional study to investigate the dynamical/microphysical behavior of two adjacent mountains/mountain ranges resembling the Jemez mountains and the Sangre de Christo mountain range, situated in northern New Mexico, with the Espanola valley separating the two mountains on snow and rainfall amounts. Also, during this time, he engaged in completing his dissertation research findings for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Two peer-reviewed journal articles resulted from this effort.

 

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1991-1997



As a graduate research assistant, first in Mechanical Engineering, and, later, in Atmospheric Science, he studied theoretical Fluid Dynamics with applications to hypersonic (high-speed) flows, began to shift focus towards Computational Fluid Dynamics methods, and applications to mesoscale atmospheric simulations. Later on, while working for his Ph.D. degree, he was first engaged in simulations of supercell thunderstorms (results of which produced a peer-reviewed publication), and eventually spent his dissertation investigating the complex behavior of convective cell merging in multicell thunderstorms with well-known implications on precipitation augmentation upon cell merging.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Member of the American Meteorological Society (1997-present)
Member of the American Geophysical Union (1997-2004)
Member of the American Mathematical Society (2002-2004)
Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2002-2005)
Member of the American Society for the Advancement of Science (2002-2005)
Member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2002-2004)
Member of the American Physical Society (2002-2004)
Member of the Mathematical Society of America (2003-2004)

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

[1] Stalker, J.R., and K.R. Knupp, 2003: Cell merger potential in multicell thunderstorms of weakly sheared environments: cell separation distance versus planetary boundary layer depth. Mon. Wea. Rev., 131, 1678-1695.
[2] Fawcett, P.J., J.R. Stalker, and D.S. Gutzler, 2002: Multistage moisture transport into the interior of northern Mexico during the North American summer monsoon. Geophys. Res. Lett. 29(23), doi:10.1029/2002GL015693.
[3] Stalker, J.R., and K.R. Knupp, 2002: A method to identify convective cells within multicell thunderstorms from Doppler radar data. Mon. Wea. Rev., 130, 188-195.
[4] Knupp, K.R., J.R. Stalker, and E.W. McCaul, 1998: An observational and numerical study of a mini-supercell storm. Atmos. Res., 49, 35-63.
[5] Hui Tong, V. Chandrasekar, K.R. Knupp, and J.R. Stalker, 1998: Multiparameter radar and multiple Doppler observation of time evolution of convective storms: Evaluation of water budgets and latent heat. J. Atmos. and Oceanic Tech., 15, 1097-1109.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS IN TRADE JOURNALS

[1] Stalker, J.R., 2005: Wind faces the challenges presented by time and space. March issue of North American Wind Power, vol. 2 (#2), 20-22.

SELECTED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

[1] Stalker, J.R., and K.A. Caldwell, 2004: High resolution weather modeling: Facts and fantasies. Preprints, 2nd Users Conference, American Meteorological Society, Available on CD-ROM, Seattle, WA.
[2] Stalker, J.R., 2002: Simulations of canyon drainage flow and its interaction with the stable air of the Salt Lake Basin. Preprints, Tenth Conference on Mountain Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Park City, Utah, 54-56.
[3] Stalker, J.R., K.R. Costigan, J.M. Reisner, and D.L. Langley, 2001: Regional climate modeling of the monsoon season over the Rio Grande basin. Preprints, Symposium on Precipitation Extremes, American Meteorological Society, Albuquerque, NM, 204-209.
[4] Stalker, J.R., J.E. Bossert, K.R. Costigan, D.L. Langley, and M.J. Brown, 2000: Canyon drainage induced mixing over a large basin. Preprints, Ninth Conference on Mountain Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Aspen, CO, 399-400.
[5] Stalker, J.R., J.E. Bossert, K.R. Costigan, J.M. Reisner, and D.L. Langley, 2000: Use of cumulus parameterization and explicit microphysics for climate studies over the Rio Grande Basin. Preprints, Fifteenth Conference on Hydrology, American Meteorological Society, Long Beach, CA, 74-79.
[6] Stalker, J.R., J.E. Bossert, and J.M. Reisner, 1998: Numerical investigation into effects of complex terrain on spatial and temporal variability of precipitation. Preprints, Eighth Conference on Mountain Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Flagstaff, AZ, 285-288.
[7] Stalker, J.R., and J.E. Bossert, 1998: Investigation of microphysical parameters within winter and summer type precipitation events over complex terrain. Preprints, Special Symposium on Hydrology, American Meteorological Society, Phoenix, AZ, 93-98.