Klein, Petra

Klein, Petra

Professor, Associate Dean

Mentoring Mindset:

I see my role as a mentor in helping my mentees reach their personal goals and realize their dreams. Reaching these goals is often a curvy road and it is my role to assist with smoothing out bumps and providing guidance at the various twists and turns along the way.


Higher Education and Employment Background:

  • Associate Dean, OU (since 2017)
  • Professor, OU (since 2016)
  • Associate Professor, OU (2008-2016)
  • Assistant Professor, OU (2002-2008)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, OU (2001-2002)
  • Post-Doc, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (1999-2000)
  • PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Germany (1999)
  • Research Associate, University of Karlsruhe, Germany (1993-1999)
  • Diploma in Physics, University of Karlsruhe, Germany (1993)


Life Defining Moments in Meteorology and Higher Education:

  • Being a first-generation college student at a major university.
  • Walking into a freshman Math class with roughly 300 male students and a handful of female students.
  • Navigating the tenure-track faculty career as a first-generation college graduate and a new mother.
  • Being an immigrant and newcomer with an unusual, interdisciplinary background in the School of Meteorology 20 years ago.
  • Finding my support group of colleagues and friends and learning from amazing students along the way. It keeps me going!


IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
METR 4553 001Climate and Renewable EnergyTR 8:30am - 9:45amJanuary 18, 2022
METR 5553 001Climate and Renewable EnergyTR 8:30am - 9:45amJanuary 18, 2022