Schreiner Welcomes Tornado Chaser Dr. Joshua Wurman

Dr. Joshua Wurman

Kerrville, TX – The Hill Country Chapter of the National Weather Association, in partnership with Schreiner University, welcomes guest speaker Dr. Joshua Wurman on Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. to the Cailloux Campus Activity Center (CCAC) River Room. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is provided.

Wurman is the Chief Scientist at the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR). His presentation will explain how the CSWR utilizes its fleet of Doppler Radar on Wheels trucks to advance atmospheric science and public safety. Wurman is widely known for his starring role on The Discovery Channel’s television series “Storm Chasers.” In this role, he studied tornadoes at very close distances on behalf of the National Severe Storms Laboratory.

Career Highlights:

Earned a Bachelor of Science (S.B.) in Physics and Interdisciplinary Science in 1982, a Master of Science (S.M.) in Meteorology in 1982, and a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) in Meteorology in 1991, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

President and founder of the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) in Boulder, Colorado.

He created the Doppler on Wheels (DOW) mobile radars which observe tornadoes, tropical cyclones, wildfires and winter storms from close range. He holds nine patents related to bistatic and DOW technology. He built the first DOW in 1995 and as of March 2014 completed eight DOW units. The success of the DOWs led to a revolution of mobile radars in severe storms and other meteorological field research.

Manages the DOW radar network which is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Lower Atmospheric Observing Facility.

He serves as the chief scientist and coordinator of the VORTEX2 project, operating three of the project’s DOW vehicles in Tornado Alley.

His scientific work and DOW projects have been sponsored by NSF, as well as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Forest Service (USFS), the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and other agencies of the U.S. government, as well as by The Discovery Channel, and the National Geographic Society, among others.

He is a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty, a collection of the most influential scientists and engineers in the United States that are dedicated to reinvigorating the interest of young people in science and engineering.

He is most well-known to the general public as the “scientist” in The Discovery Channel’s reality series Storm Chasers, where he led a group of storm chasers conducting research during tornado season.

Popular articles describing his work have appeared in Discover, Scientific American, New Scientist, The Economist, Biography, Newsweek, Time, FHM, Self, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and many other publications.

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