Mike Pritchard has been on the faculty of the University of California, Irvine since 2013, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Earth System Sciences. His research focuses on algorithms with breakthrough potential to help address issues of unresolved cloud and turbulence physics in global climate simulation, focusing especially on tropical climate dynamics, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, marine stratocumulus clouds, and associated climate feedbacks. Technical approaches include multi-scale climate simulation, GPU-based high performance computing and machine learning parameterization. In 2022 Mike took on a new role as the Director for Climate Simulation Research at Nvidia, where he now works alongside AI professionals within their research organization, to help co-lead their “Earth-2” Initiative. He maintains a UCI faculty appointment and is closely connected to a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center based at Columbia University, “Learning-the Earth with AI and Physics”.