Dr. Robert R. Leben is a Research Professor Emeritus in the Ann and H. J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) and a member of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR). His primary area of expertise is satellite altimetry and its application to ocean circulation and climate monitoring. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in this area. Since 1996, he has maintained a near real-time altimeter data system for monitoring mesoscale ocean circulation. He has made significant contributions to oceanographic research in the Gulf of Mexico both as a PI or Co-PI on 10 Gulf research programs and has consulted on the development and skill assessment of ocean nowcast and forecast systems for the offshore oil and gas industry working in the Gulf of Mexico.