KELVIN K. DROEGEMEIER
Vice President for Research
Regents’ Professor of Meteorology
Weathernews Chair Emeritus in Applied Meteorology
Roger and Sherry Teigen Presidential Professor
University of Oklahoma
Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier earned a B.S. with Special Distinction in Meteorology in 1980 from the University of Oklahoma, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric science in 1982 and 1985, respectively, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the University of Oklahoma in September, 1985 as an Assistant Professor of Meteorology, and was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in July, 1991, and promoted to Professor in July, 1998. Dr. Droegemeier was co-founder in 1989 of the NSF Science and Technology Center (STC) for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), and served for five years as its deputy director. He then directed CAPS from 1994 until 2006, and today CAPS is recognized around the world as the pioneer of storm-scale numerical weather prediction. From 1999-2001, he wrote a daily weather science column for the Daily Oklahoman newspaper, which is Oklahoma's largest.
In 2003, Dr. Droegemeier co-founded the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) and served for several years as its deputy director. In 2004, Dr. Droegemeier was appointed by President George W. Bush to a 6-year term on the National Science Board, the governing body of the National Science Foundation that also provides science policy guidance to the Congress and President. He chaired the Board’s Committee on Programs and Plans and served on several task forces, including those on hurricane science and engineering, transformative research, and cost sharing. In 2010, Dr. Droegemeier was nominated by President Barack Obama for a second term on the National Science Board, and is awaiting Senate Conformation. In 2009, Dr. Droegemeier was appointed Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, a member of the Board of Directors of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge Associated Universities Foundation, and the Council on Governmental Relations. Dr. Droegemeier also is a Trustee of Southeastern Universities Research Association. Elected to the UCAR Board of Trustees in 2002 and as its Vice Chairman in 2003, he became Chairman of the Board in 2004.