Richard C. (“Dick”) Savage received the B.S. and M.S.in Meteorology from
Florida State University (1964, 1967) and the Ph.D. in Meteorology (1976),
with a graduate Minor in Electrical Engineering, from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation research was in radiative transfer, “The
Transfer of Thermal Microwaves through Hydrometeors.”
In 1966, Lt Savage served as OIC of the meteorological satellite readout station at Tan Son Nhut AB,
RVN, in support of USAF and USN missions over North Viet Nam and Laos.
Capt Savage served in the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), a Joint Service System
Program Office, 1970-1973, where he was Primary Engineer for the SSM/T and SSJ sensors. His
dissertation research is the scientific foundation for the microwave imaging sensor (SSM/I) on the
DMSP satellites. SSMI measures rainfall over oceans and ice cover in polar regions; polar ice cover is
a significant input to climate monitoring. Maj Savage developed algorithms for estimation of weather
effects on electro-optical weapons at AF Global Weather Central, Offutt AFB, in 1976-1980.
After retiring from USAF, Dr. Savage was a Senior Scientist/Engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company in
Aurora, CO. Savage was the manager of the team that developed the SSM/I applications software at AF
Global Weather Central and Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center, Monterey, CA. With his wife, Rita
D. Savage, JD, he resides in the Denver area.