Krocak, Makenzie

Krocak, Makenzie

Research Scientist

Mentoring Mindset:

To provide background, context, tips, tricks, “inside knowledge”, and anything else that could be helpful. To be an open-minded, kind person that students can come to when they have questions.


Higher Education and Employment Background:

  • Research Scientist with the OU Center for Risk and Crisis Management, CIMMS, and NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center
    • I research how people interact with weather information and use it to make decisions.
    • Basically, I try to understand how our weather knowledge and forecasts can help people make decisions for themselves and their friends/family.
  • PhD meteorology from OU
  • MS meteorology from OU
  • BS meteorology from Iowa State


Life Defining Moments in Meteorology and Higher Education:

  • Helpful and kind mentors in my freshman year of college at ISU helped me decide meteorology was for me
  • A summer internship at OU/NSSL helped me see that grad school was an option
  • Flexible, supportive advisers and friends in grad school helped me shape my degrees/experience into something really unique that helped me land my dream job.
  • This all boils down to *people* that defined my experiences thus far. I would like to be that person for someone else. A “pay it forward” kind of thing.