Dr. Josh Wurman
Meteorologist and Creator of the Doppler Radar on Wheels

Home Country: U.S.A.

Dr. Josh Wurman chases one of the most destructive forces on Earth for a living. As the president of the Center for Severe Weather Research, he has pioneered techniques for tracking and analyzing tornadoes. Dr. Wurman and his team cannot afford to be thrill seekers or take unreasonable risks. Their scientific mission is too important to be ill-prepared, and one wrong turn can put his team directly within the path of the marauding monster.

Professional storm-chasers always confront what they are afraid of. They dare to live the life they have always dreamed of. Their aim is to go forward, meet the tornadoes, and make one’s dreams come true.

Career Highlights:

* Dr. Josh Wurman earned a Bachelor of Science (S.B.) in Physics and Interdisciplinary Science in 1982, a Master of Science (S.M.) in Meteorology in 1982, and a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) in Meteorology in 1991, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

* Dr. Wurman is the president and founder of the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) in Boulder, Colorado.

* Dr. Wurman created the Doppler on Wheels (DOW) mobile radars which observe tornadoes, tropical cyclones, wildfires and winter storms from close range. He holds nine patents related to bistatic and DOW technology. He built the first DOW in 1995 and as of March 2014 completed eight DOW units. The success of the DOWs led to a revolution of mobile radars in severe storms and other meteorological field research.

* Dr. Wurman manages the DOW radar network which is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Lower Atmospheric Observing Facility.

* He also serves as the chief scientist and coordinator of the VORTEX2 project, operating three of the project’s DOW vehicles in Tornado Alley.

* His scientific work and DOW projects have been sponsored by NSF, as well as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Forest Service (USFS), the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and other agencies of the U.S. government, as well as by The Discovery Channel, and the National Geographic Society, among others.

* Dr. Wurman is a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty, a collection of the most influential scientists and engineers in the United States that are dedicated to reinvigorating the interest of young people in science and engineering.

* He is most well known to the general public as the "scientist" in The Discovery Channel's reality series Storm Chasers, where he led a group of storm chasers conducting research during tornado season.

* Popular articles describing his work have appeared in Discover, Scientific American, New Scientist, The Economist, Biography, Newsweek, Time, FHM, Self, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and many other publications.

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