, Class of 2018
Over the 2 years of his time at Ohio University, Ian was continuously busy balancing his work between his Associate Director responsibilities and his graduate student responsibilities. As the Associate Director, he worked hard with his fellow Scalia Employees to take the Laboratory’s public presence to the next level, including overseeing the transfer of the website to a more secure server, the initiation and progression of a brand new website, and the continued outreach and educational opportunities with the public. He notes that it was a tremendous pleasure working with each of his employees, and knows that together they worked hard and achieved their goals for the lab. He also continued the Associate Director tradition of teaching the Meteorological Observation and Forecasting classes, rewriting the curriculum and bringing in new material to provide the most optimal environment for his students to learn and grow as meteorologists and forecasters. Finally, Ian worked with Dr. Houser on his thesis: A Statistical Analysis of Topographic and Ground Cover Effects on Tornadoes using RaXPol Mobile Radar. He hoped to potentially break ground into another clue into understanding the forces and processes that influence tornadogenesis and evolution, and his inital results appeared promising.
Post graduation, Ian has accepted a position as a Weather Observer and Education Specialist for the world renowned Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire. He is collecting and recording hourly weather observations at the mountain’s summit, and working to further public education and outreach regarding severe weather in the mountains. He is very excited for this opportunity, having dreamt of forecasting severe weather since he was a small boy.