Illston, Brad

Illston, Brad

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Senior Research Scientist at Oklahoma Mesonet

Mentoring Mindset:

To provide students a safe and judgement-free place to share their successes and set-backs, accomplishments and challenges, and strengths and weaknesses, while assisting in finding their personal path forward allowing them to fulfill their educational and professional goals.


Higher Education and Employment Background:

  • Senior Research Scientist, Oklahoma Climatological Survey / Oklahoma Mesonet, 2016-present
  • Research Associate, Oklahoma Climatological Survey / Oklahoma Mesonet, 2003-2016
  • Ph.D. Meteorology (2016), University of Oklahoma
  • M.S. Meteorology (2002), University of Oklahoma
  • B.S. Meteorology (2000), University of Oklahoma


Life Defining Moments in Meteorology and Higher Education:

  • Finding my first mentor, who went on to become my graduate advisor and then hired me for my first full-time meteorology job.
  • Serving on the committee of my first graduate student and guiding them through their research.
  • Teaching my first collegiate meteorology course at a world-renown university in the field.
  • Being recognized by the American Meteorological Society with a Special Award.


IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
METR 2613 010Atmospheric in-Situ & Surface-Based MeasurementsTR 10:30am - 11:45amJanuary 18, 2022