Meteorology Colleges Faculty
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Marine and Environmental Systems
Our Meteorology Faculty
Florida Tech is unique among meteorology colleges in that it is embedded within a marine sciences program. Classes are taught by a wide spectrum of highly specialized faculty from within the program and from other areas on campus.
For example, Florida Tech’s Atmospheric Pollution lab and Atmospheric Environments course are taught by an ocean chemist by trade – Dr. John Windsor. Dr. Windsor’s research interests focus on the analysis of trace levels of organic compounds in the environment. Examining the transport and fate of naturally occurring and anthropogenically produced organic chemicals in the marine and atmospheric environment has occupied much of Dr. Windsor’s career.
The Introduction to Meteorology course is taught by an oceanographer and department chair Dr. George Maul. Dr. Maul's current research interests include quantifying the impact of climate and global change on society, establishing operational forecasts of coastal ocean circulation, developing an integrated global sea-level/weather network for climate studies and sustained economic development, designing the Intra-Americas Sea Tsunami Warning System, and satellite altimetry research. Looking beyond meteorology colleges, the Physics of the Atmosphere course is taught by faculty from the College of Science. One of the more prominent of these is Dr. Joe Dwyer, a physicist who’s expertise is in the area of lightning research. Dr. Dwyer’s lightning research has been featured on numerous tv shows!
Dr. Steven Lazarus teaches several meteorology courses including Weather Briefing, Dynamic Meteorology, and Global Climate Change. He’s a retired (recovering?) tornado chaser (Ph. D. from Oklahoma) as is Professor Splitt who teaches Synoptic Meteorology. How many meteorology colleges (outside the Midwest anyway!) have their own storm chasers in-house? Dr. Lazarus has on-going collaborations with the National Weather Service and the National Center’s for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). Dr. Lazarus' research interests include mesoscale analysis and modeling. Other areas of interest include climate change impact and hurricanes, coastal meteorology, and terrestrial gamma ray flashes/thunderstorms. Compared to other meteorology colleges the level of interaction with NOAA facilities (NWS and NCEP) has landed a number of jobs for our graduate students!
The Atmospheric Remote Sensing and Climatology courses will be taught by new faculty member Pallav Ray. Dr. Ray comes to FIT via U. Hawaii where he was a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests are in the area of tropical meteorology and include the Madden-Julian Oscillation, tropical-extratropical interactions, regional climate modeling, and model evaluation using satellite data.
In terms of meteorology colleges, Florida Tech offers a broad-based curriculum with a diverse faculty. Given that Florida Techis a technological college, there are lots of hands-on/applied research opportunities with the faculty – even at the undergraduate level!