Gab at the Lab: Dick Doviak

Dick Doviak, Senior Research Scientist

Dick Doviak

Background:Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania (1963)
M.Sc., University of Pennsylvania (1959)
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BSEE; 1956)
Experience:Richard “Dick” Doviak grew up in New Jersey, and attended the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He joined NSSL in 1971 and was Chief of the Doppler Radar Project that would eventually lead to NEXRAD. From 1978 and until 1987, he managed the Storm Electricity Research Project responsible for directing scientific studies of lightning detection systems and weather radar. Over the years, he has also served as an editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and as an associate editor on several publications of the American Meteorological Society. He is an IEEE fellow and AMS fellow, and has won numerous awards. Dr. Doviak co-authored the book Doppler Radar and Weather Observations with NSSL’s Dusan Zrnic. He is author or co-author of over 130 refereed scientific articles in 21 journals spanning interests in the geosciences, engineering, physics, and meteorology, and authored or co-authored over 200 non refereed articles and reports.
What He Does:Dr. Doviak is a senior scientist with NSSL’s Radar Research and Development Division. He is helping develop Multi-Function Phased Array Radar, a single radar that can replace four other radars (Airport Surveillance Radars, Air Route Surveillance Radars, Terminal Doppler Weather Radars, and National Weather Surveillance Radars). He enjoys teaching and advising students in electrical engineering and the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, and even developed a course on radar meteorology for OU. He also collaborates with Hong Kong Observatory and Lockheed Martin. Dr. Doviak has served as a consultant to a number of companies and been an invited speaker to countries all over the world.
Trivia: Dr. Doviak enjoys swimming, biking, gardening, and spending time with his family.

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