President: Alex Marmo
I've heard that every Meteorologist has had a past experience that sparked their interest in the field at some point in their life. During my third birthday party a tornado dropped just north of where we were celebrating. I was also obsessed with The Wizard of Oz. I guess those really triggered my curiosity in severe weather. I never knew there were actual jobs dealing with the weather until high school, where I took my first meteorology course. I liked it, but still didn't think it was right for me. Entering college I wanted to be a physicist, which I soon regretted. I took one class with Professor Ernie Agee on severe thunderstorms and tornadoes and my spark reignited. I went to talk to Professor Agee after class one day and he made me realize that atmospheric science was my calling. I am now a senior and I have been working on a research project with him since the spring of 2012 dealing with the extremeness of the 2011 tornado season and the spatial shifting of tornado alley. I joined PUMA as a freshman and have been involved ever since. Recently I have been on three storm chasing trips through the College of DuPage and witnessed the El Reno tornado, the widest ever recorded. I have also interned with WSI doing aviation forecast for United Airlines in the Willis Tower. These have all been such a great learning experience for me. Some fascinating facts about me: I love cats, Star Wars, and ska music.
Vice President: Krista McEnany
I became interested in severe weather when a tornado hit near my home at the age of 7. From that point on, my parents fanned the flame of my passion for weather by supplying me with weather related books and experiments. Rather than watching cartoons after school, I was more interested in watching the Weather Channel. I would sit and watch it for hours. I am proud of my growing library of atmospheric science books and hope to one day, fill a room with them. Not only do I enjoy studying meteorology, but I also have a passion for talking about it. I have participated in internships with WTHR-13 in Indianapolis as well as WLFI-18 in West Lafayette. I strive to learn something new each day that will increase my knowledge of the weather and all of atmospheric science. I hope to one day soon be a broadcast meteorologist and continue the learning experience in graduate school, so that I may one day make a lasting impact on the scientific community I have come to love so very much! Purdue has opened up so many opportunities to me and I look forward to giving back to her in any way that I can.
Treasurer: Jessie Bozell
As a little child I was terrified of storms and I absolutely hated everything involving science. So you're probably asking yourself, why is she studying Meteorology in the College of Science? Well, when I was in 3rd grade, my dad convinced me to do a weather poster for 4-H because all I had to do was color a giant picture and I was like okay. So for the next ten years, I did weather projects for 4-H and I realized how much I loved the weather and how wildly exciting storms were and that science was actually fun. So here I am now, a senior at Purdue studying Meteorology. I have been very involved in PUMA for the last three years and I really enjoy doing things with the club. Not only do we take awesome field trips, but PUMA gives you a chance to get advice from older students and make connections in the field. Join PUMA, it is great!
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Secretary: Doug Miller
When I was young, storms always seemed to fascinate me. While my brothers and sisters hid in the closet at the center of our home, I was on the porch watching the storm approach with my Dad. From elementary school to high school, my interest continued up until I needed to decide my college major. For some reason, it was between atmospheric sciences and pre-vet. Choosing atmospheric sciences as my major has led me to experience some incredible things. During summer of 2015, I was able to achieve my dream of chasing storms in the Great Plains. Other than spending 8 hours or more in the car per day, it was an overall amazing experience. I also got the opportunity to participate in research regarding Arctic Amplification. Using supercomputers and CMIP5 models to figure out specific problems gave me a taste of the climate dynamics of our planet. I am now in the process of applying to graduate school to study alike topics of climate change. These four years have flew by thanks to all the fun I have had here at Purdue (especially dynamics) and am excited to see where I end up at in the future!