NSSL Science & Engineering Day

Agenda At a Glance

September 22, 2023

Note: this agenda will not be provided in hard copy format at the event. You may print this page to have a copy to take with you.

8:30 AMWelcome refreshments
provided by the NSSL Leadership Team
9:30 AM*Introduction to Science & Engineering Day1313
9:40 AM*History of NSSL1313
10:10 AM*Panel on Evolution of NSSL’s Core Research Areas1313
10:30 AMHands-on Demonstrations
1. Probabilistic Hazard Information DemoDevLab & HWT
2. Emergency Managers Tabletop Exercise1313
3. Instrument Bay TourInstrument Bay
4. UAS & Mobile RadarCircle Drive
12:00 PMBring Your Own Lunch – Food Truck (Plus 254) or Flying Cow CafeAtrium
1:00 PMPoster and Table SessionAtrium
2:00 PMBreakout Groups for Current & Future Challenges and Ideas(Various)
3:00 PMBite-Sized MentoringAtrium
3:45 PMBreak
4:00 PMATD Tour (Offsite)1426 Halley Cir.
Norman, OK 73069

*Virtual option available for these sessions only. For sessions that cannot be accommodated virtually, asynchronous content has been recommended by the Science and Engineering Day planning committee. Please see the end of the full agenda for a list of recommendations.

University of Oklahoma Land Acknowledgement

This event is subject to the NWC protocol. Make sure you are aware of its contents.

Bathrooms are located in the North and East wings of each floor. Private space with cold storage is available for lactation purposes in 3600. Visit the front desk in 3630 for access.

Detailed Agenda

9:30 AM*Introduction to Science & Engineering Day
Director DaNa Carlis introduces intention and sets the stage for Science & Engineering Day. The planning committee provides a brief overview of the day before we get started.
9:40 AM*History of NSSL
NSSL Senior Scientist Harold Brooks offers a review of NSSL over the years including evolution in work environment, scientific research, and engineering and development that has happened at the lab.
10:10 AM*Panel on Evolution of NSSL’s Core Research Areas
Following an overview of NSSL’s history, a panel of NSSL team members discuss the evolution of some of NSSL’s Core Research Areas: radar, warnings, storm-scale prediction, fieldwork, hydrometeorology, infrastructure support needs. Ask questions and participate in the discussion.
Facilitated by Pam Heinselman
Panelists: Karen Cooper, JJ Gourley, Kiel Ortega, Erik Rassmusen, Lou Wicker
10:30 AMHands-on Demonstrations
Experience some of what is going on at the lab today first hand! Groups will cycle through the four stations listed below getting close up, tangible experiences.
1. Probabilistic Hazard Information DemoDevLab & HWT
2. Emergency Managers Tabletop Exercise1313
3. Instrument Bay TourInstrument Bay
4. UAS & Mobile RadarCircle Drive
12:00 PMBring Your Own Lunch – Food Truck (Plus 254) or Flying Cow Cafe
To allow the food truck to accommodate the full group, please do not all rush to the truck at the same time. Please allow Poster/Table presenters to proceed to the food truck first to allow time to set up presentations after eating.
1:00 PMPoster and Table Session
Visit with many colleagues that have volunteered to present the work that they (or their groups) do in the form of posters or table demonstrations. This is also a great time to network with your coworkers. Presentations listed below.
2:00 PMBreakout Groups: Current–Future Challenges and Ideas
Contribute to the vision for the future of NSSL through brainstorming ways to overcome today’s challenges and developing innovative ideas to tackle in the next phase of the lab’s work.
Group 13902
Group 25600
Group 3Atrium-Visitor’s Center
Group 41120
Group 53910
Group 62410
3:00 PMBite-Sized Mentoring
Gain insight from your colleagues! This exercise will be rapid and aims to let mentors and mentees at many different career stages exchange information and ideas from different perspectives.
3:45 PMBreak
4:00 PMATD Tour (Offsite, RSVP requested)
If you RSVPed to the ATD tour, join Danny Wasielewski to see the ATD at the north radar site. For driving directions and parking information, please consult the map shown below.
1426 Halley Cir.
Norman, OK 73069
Aerial view of the area around the ATD facility. Parking lots are highlighted in green; the road leading to the ATD building is highlighted in blue. A QR code for driving directions to 1426 Halley Circle, Norman, OK is in the bottom right corner.
Parking for ATD tour. Green marked zones are parking lots. If needed, the blue area can be used for road-side parking. Scan the QR code for driving directions.

Table/Poster Presentation List


  1. Intellectual property – Wayne Mackenzie (NOAA Technology Partnerships Office)
    Technology Partnerships Office drives innovation and economic development across NOAA’s mission areas by managing public-private research partnerships, transferring NOAA’s technologies to the private sector, and providing research and development grants to U.S. small businesses.
  2. Storm electrification research – Vanna Chmielewski, Michael Stock, Jacquelyn Ringhausen
  3. Boundary layer research – Elizabeth Smith, Tyler Bell, Joshua Gebauer, Tony Segales
  4. Forecast Applications and Social Science Team – Kim Hoogewind, Tom Galarneau, Eric Loken, Kent Knopfmeier, Pat Skinner, Monte Flora
  5. Hail camera – Kiel Ortega, Sean Waugh, Jeff Snyder
  6. Phased array radar data – Charles Kuster, Addison Alford 
  7. AWIPS plugin demo – Justin Monroe, Jonathan Madden, Thea Sandmael
  8. WoFS: avenues of new research – Patrick Burke, Nusrat Yussouf, Joshua Martin, David Hogg, Monte Flora
  9. Flash flooding research – JJ Gourley, Jorge Duarte
  10. High-impact wind analysis and understanding – Melissa Wagner, Lizzie Tirone, Dominic Candela


  1. TOTAL – A New Project to Improve Precipitation Estimations – Steven Martinaitis
  2. What we do at the BIU – Taylor DeWinter
  3. The Influence of Midlevel Shear and Horizontal Rotors on Supercell Updraft Dynamics – Andrew Muehr 
  4. Multi-Doppler Analysis of QLCS Mesovortices Observed During the 30 April 2017 Mission of the VORTEX-SE Field Campaign – Dan Stechman
  5. Applied Computing for the Meteorological Enterprise Team – Jeff Brogden
  6. Development of Dual-pol Radar Forward Operator in Simulation of a Supercell Storm and Possible Use in the Variational Data Assimilation Scheme – Jidong Gao
  7. Development of a Hybrid 4DEnVAR and Ensemble Kalman Filter Analysis and Forecast System for Convective NWP – Jidong Gao
  8. Mechanisms Driving Extreme Winds in the Iowa Derecho on 10 August 2020 – Tom Galarneau 
  9. Overview of the Propagation, Evolution, and Rotation in Linear Storms (PERiLS) Field Campaign – Tony Lyza
  10. The Transportation Applications Team – Daniel Tripp
  11. Mike Coniglio – NSSL-FRDD (& friends) VORTEX Science
  12. Developing NSSL PodRads: Low-Cost, Pod-Style Radars for Measuring Vertical Velocities in Tornadoes and Convective Storms – Jeffrey Snyder, Patrick Servello, Daniel Wasielewski, and Sean Waugh
  13. Daily MPAS Convection-Allowing Forecasts at NSSL – Kent Knopfmeier

Asynchronous Recommendations

In lieu of the Instrument Bay Tour & UAS and Mobile Radar:

In lieu of ATD Tour:

General recommendations: