Meet an Engineer: Jim Kurdzo, Tornado Expert

April 16, 2021 4:00 pm
April 16, 2021 5:00 pm
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Did you know that the MIT Lincoln Laboratory conducts research on tornadoes? Researchers like Dr. Jim Kurdzo studies how they form and how to better predict them before they strike. For this special edition of Meet an Engineer, Jim will discuss the use of radar for tornado warnings and how we may be able to leverage new technology to make these warnings more accurate and timely.

Meet an Engineer is brought to you by the 2021 Cambridge Science Festival and is hosted by MIT graduate student Fatima Husain. #30daysofscience

There will be time for Q&A, so bring your tornado and engineering questions!

  • Bio
    My name is Jim Kurdzo and I am a radar meteorologist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. I study weather radar, tornadoes, and machine learning for better prediction and monitoring of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

    I wanted to be a meteorologist since I was 6 years old, and was originally fascinated by New England snowstorms. In fact, through much of my younger life, I was terrified of thunderstorms. Ironically, after college in Pennsylvania, I moved to Oklahoma to study tornadoes with mobile radar in graduate school. I have since returned to Massachusetts to continue research on rapid-scanning weather radar and tornadoes, and I’ve loved my job ever since. I enjoy trying to use both individual cases and very large datasets to learn about how tornadoes form and the resulting dynamics, with the hopes that I will have an impact on someday increasing tornado and severe thunderstorm lead times.
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