RISE 2019 Conference

Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico

Stephanie N. Stevenson

GOES Tropical Applications Developer, Research Scientist/Scholar I

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University


Stephanie Stevenson, Ph.D., is the GOES Tropical Applications Developer at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, and a Research Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University. She began her current role at NHC in November 2017, which involves integrating the next-generation geostationary weather satellites (GOES-16/17) into the existing infrastructure, bringing new datasets from the NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft to the center in real-time, and developing new satellite-based tools and products. In particular, Dr. Stevenson’s expertise in tropical cyclone lightning is being used to increase the utility of the new Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) on GOES-16/17.

Dr. Stevenson graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology, with a Mathematics minor, from Texas A&M University (2012). She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Albany (2018) with a dissertation titled The Influence of lightning-producing convection on tropical cyclone intensity change.

Much of her research was, and continues to be, centered on connecting lightning data to changes in tropical cyclone intensity. During her time at Texas A&M University and the University at Albany, she participated in two field campaigns centered on tropical weather: the Dynamics of the Madden Julian Oscillation (DYNAMO), and the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3).

Dr. Stevenson has authored and coauthored many peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. She is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the American Meteorological Society’s Monthly Weather Review journal. She has given dozens of presentations at scientific workshops and conferences on tropical cyclones, and is an active member of the American Meteorological Society.