Richard (Rick) D. Smith
For vision, long-standing dedication, and the use of innovative technologies to enhance public safety in preparing for, and responding to, severe weather.
Dr. Kevin Kloesel has been named the recipient of the American Meteorological Society’s 2015 Charles E. Anderson Award. Dr. Kloesel is a faculty member within the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences who actively teaches for the School. He received this award for over two decades of dedication to engaging minority and under-represented groups in the atmospheric sciences through community outreach and academic leadership.
The NOAA/NWS Forecast Office, Norman, received the American Meteorological Society’s Award for Exceptional Specific Prediction for detailed, life-saving forecasts provided days through hours leading up to the EF-5 tornado that struck Newcastle, Moore, and Oklahoma City on May 20, 2013. Congratulations to this team for their outstanding service to the community. We are proud to have this group within the National Weather Center here in Norman!
Dr. David Jorgensen was also awarded by the Society by receiving the Charles Franklin Brooks award for over two decades of substantial contributions to, and visionary leadership of, the Society’s all-important scientific publication process, including tireless service as Publications Commissioner from 2007 to 2012. David is a scientist within NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory and a affiliate faculty member of the School.
Dr. Paul Markowski, Professor of Meteorology at Penn State, was honored by the American Meteorological Society by being named the winner of the Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award for advancing knowledge about the genesis of tornadoes through a rich mix of observations, theory, and numerical modeling. This award is given to promising young or early-career scientists who have demonstrated outstanding ability. Dr. Markowski received his Masters and PhD from the School of Meteorology.