I’M Meteorology series continues with Ashton Robinson Cook


Ashton Robinson Cook, Ph.D., is our latest I’M Meteorology (Inclusivity in Meteorology) representative. Dr. Robinson Cook is the first African-American man to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in Meteorology and was recently featured on The Weather Channel as part of Black History Month. Watch that video here: https://weather.com/news/video/black-history-month-a-scientist-making-a-difference.

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Dr. Robinson Cook got his Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology at Jackson State University in Mississippi. He then earned a spot in the OU Meteorology graduate cohort of Fall 2004, where he obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees over the next 10 years.

Now, Dr. Robinson Cook is a Mesoscale Assistant/Fire Weather Forecaster in the NOAA Storm Prediction Center in the National Weather Center. Those interested in learning more about his path to success and his current work can read all about Ashton in his profile on the SPC’s website: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/staff/profiles/cook.html

I’M OU Meteorology (Inclusivity in Meteorology) is the School of Meteorology’s campaign to help celebrate the accomplishments and diversity of our community. The School recognizes that the contributions of scientists from diverse backgrounds enrich and improve the overall mission of the School, helping us to reach our educational and scientific goals. Indeed, we hope that these images are the start of a campaign that will help us reach our critical goal of providing a more inclusive environment for all of our students, staff, faculty members, and affiliates. We want to make sure that everyone has an excellent and productive environment for their work, education, and research, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, gender identity, economic background, or differing ability.