The School of Meteorology has 25 full time faculty members covering various aspects of the atmospheric sciences. The School has 33 adjunct and affiliate faculty members (adjunct and affiliate policy can be found here) with the largest number associated with NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory. We have a diverse array of students from around the globe including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Korea, China, Taiwan, Norway, and Serbia. We currently have 91 graduate students and 280 undergraduate students. Our regular and emeritus faculty includes 5 endowed chairs and professorship, six Presidential Professors; three Regents Professors; three George Lynn Cross Research Professors; two Emeritus GLC Professors; one Dean; two past Presidents of the American Meteorological Society; two OU Vice Presidents (Research and Weather and Climate).


Guifu Zhang

Professor, Sam K. Viersen Presidential Professor

Office: NWC 4620 Phone: (405) 325-3507 Website: Education: B.S. in Physics, Anhui University, 1982 M.S. in Radio Physics, Wuhan University, 1985 Ph.D.  in Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, 1998 Research Interests: Wave propagation and scattering in geophysical media Remote sensing for understanding and quantifying weather and earth environment Radar polarimetry for quantitative precipitation estimation and […]

Kelvin Droegemeier

Regents' Professor of Meteorology; Weathernews Chair Emeritus; Roger and Sherry Teigen Presidential Professor; Former Vice President for Research


Jason Furtado

Associate Professor

Office: NWC 5240 Phone: (405) 325-1391 Website: Group: Education: B.S., Meteorology and B.S., Mathematics, Lyndon State College, 2002 M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2005 Ph.D., Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010 Research interests:  Improving sub-seasonal and seasonal forecasts of temperature and precipitation. Enhancing our understanding of decadal-scale projections of climate/climate […]

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Graduate Students

Chasteen, Manda


Mose, Angela


Pardun, Tyler


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Postdoctoral Researchers

Degelia, Sam

Post Doctoral


Tong, Chong-chi

Post Doctoral


Xu Lu stands before a nature backdrop

Lu, Xu

Post Doctoral


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Adjunct Faculty

MacGorman, Donald

Adjunct Professor


Brewster, Keith

Adjunct Associate Professor


Elmore, Kim

Adjunct Associate Professor


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Emeritus Faculty

Michael Richman

Professor Emeritus; Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor


Postawko, Susan



Leslie, Lance

​Professor Emeritus


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James Ruppert

Assistant Professor

Office: 5331 Phone: TBD  Website: Education: B.S., Atmospheric Science, University at Albany, 2009 M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2012 Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2015 Research Interests: Convective systems Mesoscale dynamics Tropical dynamics Cloud–radiation feedback Tropical cyclones / hurricanes The Madden–Julian Oscillation Online Research Profiles: Google Scholar ResearcherID ResearchGate  

Amanda Kis


Office: NWC 5409 Phone: 405-325-6561 Website:  Dr. Kis earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, double-majoring in atmospheric & oceanic sciences and mathematics, and Master of Science and doctoral degrees in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include investigating the environments in which nocturnal tornadoes form and using social […]

McGovern, Amy

Lloyd G. and Joyce Austin Presidential Professor

Professor, OU School of Computer Science, OU School of Meteorology Office: NWC 3435 Web: Group: Education:  BS in Math/Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996 MS Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1998 Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2002 Research Interests: Data science/Machine learning for weather prediction (with a focus on severe […]

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