The second ATM department seminar of the semester will be held on Thursday, March 16, in ASAC 319 from 12:30-1:20PM. Mike Westendorf, Director of Operations for Innovative Weather, will be our remote guest speaker to talk about his work and experience in the private sector at Innovative Weather. Fluency in communication and knowing how to work with different users of weather information in addition to core fundamental forecasting knowledge is becoming an employer expectation.
As atmospheric science students, we study to understand the basics of the atmosphere and why weather happens. These dynamics, forces and influences create more than just rising and sinking motions. They directly influence billions of dollars worth of decisions that are made every day in the U.S. and across the world. Whether you’re a student going into research or are hoping to work in operational forecasting, it’s not enough to just know the data. Adding value to the lives of people and partners requires us to have some level of relationship with that audience, so that they can make the decisions that best impact those businesses and the communities they serve. This seminar explains the differences between a forecast and a risk assessment, and the skill sets that are required to be excellent at both.
Mike Westendorf Bio
Mike Westendorf is the Director of Operations for Innovative Weather, a 24/7 forecast operation at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. This paid internship program equips Graduate and Undergraduate students with the personal and professional skill sets needed to be successful in the field of operational meteorology. It also expands the skills of those going into the research community or other disciplines.
Local 22 / Local 44 News My Champlain Valley recently highlighted the new Climate Change Science degree coming to Lyndon this fall.
“If you want to learn about Climate Change Science, this is one of the best places to do it,” said Dr. Janel Hanrahan, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Lyndon.
The Atmospheric Science department will house the Climate Change Science B.S. degree. “We are a nationally recognized department, and have been around for 43 years. What we do, we do very well,” said Hanrahan.
Most of all, the Climate Change Science degree is designed for students who want to get out and apply the science. For example, a few career paths include: policy, renewable energy, urban planning, or natural resources planning, to name a few career paths.
Current ATM students and faculty networked with alumni at the AMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, which took place at the end of January. 35 current students and graduates from the ATM department attended the alumni event this year. In addition, the LSC Women and Sciences group had their second annual gathering. They joined up with the national group, Earth Sciences Women’s Network (ESWN). At both of these gatherings, alumni learned about current department activities, while students learned about many internship and job opportunities.
Several Lyndon Atmospheric Sciences students and faculty recently attended the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Some of them presented on research conducted at Lyndon and through external internships. In addition, faculty discussed the integration of informal climate change communication into the ATM curriculum and convened a Town Hall Meeting to encourage widespread communication of the science.