Wilson, Katie

Wilson, Katie

Research Scientist

Mentoring Mindset:

Effective mentorship is rooted in genuinely caring about the growth and development of others. By providing appropriate support and asking the right questions, a good mentor can help guide mentees to realize their potential, whether that be through ideating, connecting, or encouraging a mentee as they pursue their goals.


Higher Education and Employment Background:

  • Professional Experience
    • ¬†Research Scientist at OU CIMMS/NOAA NSSL (2017-current)
    • Graduate Research Assistant at OU CIMMS/NOAA NSSL (2012-2017)
    • Student Mentor and Ambassador, University of Reading (2008-2012)
    • NPower, UK (Summer 2011)
    • Natural Environment Research Council, UK (Summer 2009)
  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Meteorology, University of Oklahoma (2017)
    • M.S. in Meteorology, University of Oklahoma (2014)
    • MMet with Honors, University of Reading, UK (2012)


Life Defining Moments in Meteorology and Higher Education:

  • Obtaining my Ph.D. after years of hard work, dedication, and dreaming “big” as a first generation university student.
  • Presenting my graduate school research to Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the former NOAA administrator and the first American woman to walk in space. It was an honor and now a wonderful memory.
  • Witnessing the destruction of the 2013 EF-5 Moore tornado and committing to a research path that would reduce the devastation resulting from such events.
  • Participating in the University of Reading – University of Oklahoma exchange program in 2010-2011. This incredible experience was the catalyst to all opportunities that have since followed.