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As of this time, the National Weather Center is closed to all non-essential OU personnel and the public. OU personnel that have not been declared essential by their Director and approved by Dean Berrien Moore are prohibited from entering the building.

June 3, 2020

A&GS Inclusivity Statement

Please read the following important message from Dean Berrien Moore:

A&GS Inclusivity Letter

Welcome from the A&GS Dean's Office

Fifteen members of the A&GS Dean’s Office gather for an informal picture on the third floor of the National Weather Center.
A&GS Dean’s Office Staff (L-R): Leslie Illston, Jim Davis, Jenny Spade, Christine Reed, Kyle Sandidge, Claire Chastain, Jason Glass, Berrien Moore, Petra Klein, Mary Anne Hempe, Debbie Farris, Greg Leffler, Tanya Guthrie, Heather Murphy, Lee Anne Sallee

A&GS Degree Programs

Oklahoma is in the top five states when it comes to installed wind power capacity
The Geospatial Industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.
A geography degree opens the door to dozens of potential careers, from cartographer to regional & city planning.
From supercells to tornadoes, Oklahoma weather has it all.
A circular illustration, in dark red and white, of a handshake, a mortarboard, and the title A&GS Student Emergency Fund.

 

 

The A&GS Student Emergency Fund is an assistance program for students to access short term financial help in times of need. Due to the current public health crisis, many students lack the financial cushion needed to travel home, to find alternate housing arrangements, or to simply afford food. Some may even lack the hardware and high-speed internet access needed to successfully take classes online. The A&GS Student Emergency Fund provides a lifeline for these students. All donations will go directly to students in need.

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A&GS Spotlights

Showcasing Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Friends of the College

June 10, 2020

Student Spotlight: Jorge A. Celis Rodriguez

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Jorge A. Celis Rodriguez visits the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

A love for research brought Jorge A. Celis Rodriguez to the University of Oklahoma. Celis is currently a graduate student pursuing his PhD in geography after recently completing his Master of Science in geography with a concentration in geospatial technologies from OU in December 2019.  Celis received his Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from El Bosque University in Bogota, Columbia in 2017.  Celis wanted to continue his education at OU after being engaged in a meaningful undergraduate capstone project with the OU Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing Laboratory (HyDROS) group.  Celis's capstone project was focused on drought detection using multiple eco-hydrological indices based on remote sensing data.

Celis credits Dr. Hernan Moreno, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (DGES), as being the mentor that made a difference in his education at OU.  Dr. Moreno serves as Celis’s PhD advisor.  The research conducted in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences has given Celis an appreciation of the many fields where research can be applied and how research can produce societal benefits to many sectors.  Celis said, “The geospatial technologies emphasis has helped to take advantage of new platforms and technologies to enhance engineering techniques that were limited by the amount of data and the area of the study region.”  Celis has compared current algorithms with NASA missions and the physical foundations to understand their limitations.  “It has opened a research field where we can replicate some of the coarse satellite estimations with higher resolution.”

During the summer of 2019, Celis was awarded a $500 scholarship from the NSF sponsored Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) that allowed him to travel to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Foothills Lab in Boulder, Colorado.  While at NCAR, he participated in a June 2019 training workshop focused on the use and applications of the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System.

Celis's favorite memory at OU thus far has been hearing from his committee “You are approved!”  after successfully defending his MS thesis.  When asked by his committee about the future of the environmental sustainability, geography, geographic information science, and meteorology professions, he replied with saying that “technologies are advancing at a high pace”, and that “analytical parts of the problem” should remain a strong focus.  He believes this will foster a deeper understanding of problems and lead to models being developed to process and manage data.  Celis encourages students and graduates to be organized, confident, not afraid to ask questions and to think about where they want to be in 20 years thus allowing a clearer picture of the path to success.

June 10, 2020

Alumni Spotlight: Vivek Mahale

Vivek Mahale with a weather balloon at the NWC.
Vivek Mahale with a weather balloon at the NWC.

Experiencing nature’s fury first-hand, Vivek Mahale is no stranger to tornadoes.  Growing up in cities like DeSoto, Texas, The Woodlands, and Tulsa, he was able to get up-and-close with a swirling whirlwind moving through his neighborhood nearly 25 years ago.  Mahale recalls this as the pivotal moment in his life leading him to the University of Oklahoma.  “Ever since then, I’ve been fascinated by the weather.  I feel incredibly fortunate that I was able to study severe storms. My education at the School of Meteorology is a culmination of nearly a lifetime of interest.”

Currently working as a meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Norman, Oklahoma, Mahale feels he is living his childhood dream.  Mahale is charged with issuing watches, warnings, and weather advisories for the 48 counties in Oklahoma and 8 counties in Western North Texas.  He also provides multiple types of key forecasts for aviation and fire weather.  Additionally, Mahale participates in ongoing research with the NWS in Norman and is involved with outreach to the public.

Mahale remarks that his education at OU was instrumental for his NWS career.  “The School of Meteorology being situated within the National Weather Center and collocated with several units of NOAA gave me a great opportunity that led to my current career.  I was able to easily participate in the SCEP (Student Career Experience Program) at the Norman WFO while pursuing my MS degree.” Mahale received his BS (2009), MS (2011), and PhD (2019) degrees in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, earning his MS and PhD while working at the NWS office.  He applied for the full-time position he currently holds while still a PhD student conducting research.  Mahale’s research was focused on the use of dual-pol radar in the detection of severe and hazardous weather which greatly benefited his NWS colleagues.  Mahale sees the future of meteorology leaning toward numerical weather prediction (NWP) as being of utmost importance.  He stresses that NWP can provide a look into a probability of a forecast days in advance but effective communication of this probability must be a vital aspect.

The School of Meteorology provided excellent support to Mahale as he conducted his studies.  Mahale recalls, “My PhD advisors, Drs. Guifu Zhang and Ming Xue, played an important role during my doctoral research.  I am also thankful for Drs. Howard Bluestein and Jerry Bortzge for serving as advisors during my MS degree.”  Aside from the vigorous studies of physics, calculus, and meteorological dynamics, Mahale enjoyed attending OU football games.  His classmates and friends traveled to numerous OU/TX games and even Big 12 Championships affording a way to kick back and relax from their study and work time.

Mahale encourages current students in the School of Meteorology “to take advantage of the National Weather Center and its occupants!” and to step out of their comfort zone.  He encourages graduate students to endeavor teaching as a great opportunity to enhance communication skills while allowing interaction with diverse groups of students and spreading weather awareness.  Mahale looks back on his own growth and says, “Never stop learning!  Meteorology is still a young science and I am constantly learning new things.”

A&GS Friends Society

A&GS Friends. A group dedicated to helping A&GS thrive for future generations. OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. The University of Oklahoma.

To support the amazing activities happening within the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, the College and its Board of Visitors is proud to establish the Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences Friends Society. Funds raised from memberships will be used to support the educational learning experience for the college’s students, faculty, and staff.

Benefits of membership include an annual membership party, AGU and AMS reception tickets, as well as special access to College events. We encourage you to make a financial contribution to support these worthy efforts and to get involved with our friends!

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