Kelvin Droegemeier

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TitleWeathernews Chair Emeritus; Vice President for Research; Regents
Phone(405) 325-3806
Office3PP 190

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B.S., Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, 1980 M.S., Meteorology, University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, 1982 Ph.D., Meteorology, University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, 1985

Kelvin K. Droegemeier joined the University of Oklahoma faculty in September, 1985 after receiving his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Illinois. Dr. Droegemeier's research interests lie in thunderstorm dynamics and predictability, variational data assimilation, mesoscale dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, massively parallel computing, and aviation weather. He also is interested in the societal applications of mesoscale meteorology and economic development. His current research focuses on storm-scale ensemble prediction using fine-scale nonhydrostatic models, the mechanisms by which convective-scale flows adjust to imposed disturbances, application of variational techniques to data analysis and radar data quality control, and the detection of hazardous local weather using dynamically adaptive radars. Dr. Droegemeier served for 16 years as director of the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), which is a graduated NSF Science and Technology Center that he co-founded in 1989. He also is a former deputy director, and co-founder, of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), and led an NSF Large Information Technology Research (ITR) grant known as Linked Environments for Atmospheric Discovery (LEAD). A collaborative project among nine institutions, LEAD created technologies that allow meteorological tools and remote sensing systems to interact with weather. In 2004, Dr. Droegemeier was appointed by President George W. Bush to a 6-year term on the National Science Board, the governing body of the National Science Foundation that also provides science policy guidance to the Congress and President. In 2009, he was appointed Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma.

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