Larrabee Strow is internationally known for his work on hyperspectral sounding instruments, which fly on NASA satellites and have been providing weather and climate data for analysis for more than 20 years. Since joining UMBC’s faculty in 1984, he has become known not only for his ground-breaking research but also for his commitment to mentorship, his many successful grant proposals, and a shared leadership style that empowers both his students and the other researchers on his team. His team’s many achievements include developing weather algorithms that are now used internationally. His experience as a NASA atmospheric physicist has informed his work as an educator and researcher. Strow earned a B.S. in physics from UMBC and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park.