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David Nevius

Hey y'all! My name is David Nevius (Nee-vus) and I am a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin ' Milwaukee. I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) in Atmospheric Sciences and Geography in May 2016, and I have always grown up knowing I wanted to be a meteorologist. I grew up in the state of Georgia, living in the suburbs of Atlanta and near the coast in Savannah, before moving to Milwaukee for graduate school. I am passionate about aviation, and so my dream job is to be an aviation meteorologist. Last but not least, I am an unofficial ambassador of Coca-Cola and Chick-fil-A.


Austin Guarniere

My father has owned a whitewater rafting company since I was a baby and weather is a major factor in the company's success. Without enough rain, there isn't enough water for rafting, which means no profit. Almost every night my family would watch to see if any rain was in the forecast. I am fascinated not only by weather concepts, but also the social and economic aspects weather has on people. I love how weather can affect our lives, whether it is a beautiful day, or for my family, a good rain throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as Innovative Weather, has been a wonderful experience so far and has given me the opportunity to learn more about such a complex and rich topic that affects everyone. I have really enjoyed being the one to tell the rest of the family, The rain is on the way!


Austin Guarniere

My father has owned a whitewater rafting company since I was a baby and weather is a major factor in the company's success. Without enough rain, there isn't enough water for rafting, which means no profit. Almost every night my family would watch to see if any rain was in the forecast. I am fascinated not only by weather concepts, but also the social and economic aspects weather has on people. I love how weather can affect our lives, whether it is a beautiful day, or for my family, a good rain throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as Innovative Weather, has been a wonderful experience so far and has given me the opportunity to learn more about such a complex and rich topic that affects everyone. I have really enjoyed being the one to tell the rest of the family, The rain is on the way!


Lily Chapman

I grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and came down to UWM to study Atmospheric Science in 2011. I enjoyed Milwaukee and UWM so much that I decided to stay here for graduate school, and successfully convinced my professors to let me into our Master's program. Another benefit of staying here is that I get to continue to work at Innovative Weather! My interest in weather didn't stem from a single, awesome weather event. I was actually afraid of thunderstorms as a child, but that meant that I spent a lot of time paying attention to the weather, and eventually developed an interest in meteorology. Maybe, given enough time, I will notice a similar transformation of my fear of spiders. When I'm not talking about the weather or quickly scanning every room I'm in for spiders, I spend my time playing the piano, eating bagels, and having long discussions about Game of Thrones - and not necessarily all at the same time.


Tyler Hasenstein

I started an Innovative Weather as an Intern during the summer of 2015, and was operational by mid-September. I was born and raised in Sheboygan WI and have lived in WI all but one year of my life. I have been interested in weather for a very long time, ever since I was a kid I was teased by family members about being a weatherman when I grew up. I have always had an aptitude for math and science throughout my schooling, and although meteorology is a perfect fit, I didn't start college as an atmospheric science student. I started at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as a biochemistry major intending on going to pharmacy school, but after a few bad experiences with professors and TA's, decided to transfer during the summer after my freshman year. I didn't originally look at UWM when I was in high school, and instead was leaning toward Valparaiso for meteorology, but it just so happened I had a place to live already lined up in Milwaukee, and my mom got sick that summer as well, so being able to visit every weekend was a major factor in my decision to go to UWM. I graduated in May 2016 from the UWM atmospheric science program, and have worked at Innovative Weather since. My free time away from weather is generally spent with my dog, playing games, being active outdoors, or watching/discussing sports as an avid Packer and Blackhawks fan.


Alec Muniz

I grew up in southeast Wisconsin where I have spent most of my life in Racine, a few years in Oconomowoc and my college years and after in Milwaukee. I love Wisconsin, all the seasons, and yes, I am that crazy person from the Midwest who doesn't mind the cold or the snow. I am a big sports fan, always rooting for the Packers and all other Wisconsin teams. Some fun facts about me is that I have been gold mining in Oregon, hiked 28 miles in the Grand Canyon, visited Dubai for two weeks, and toured around Europe for three weeks. I have been with Innovative Weather since May 2015 and during that summer I was a student volunteer with the National Weather Service at Milwaukee/Sullivan through the fall for 2015. While learning the ins and outs of operational forecasting I was training with the current IW programmer in the computer programming language, python. In April 2016 I became the Assistant Director of Programming as well as continuing with operational duties. I graduated with my bachelors in Atmospheric Science in May 2016 and continued with IW through February 2017. Then in March 2017 I moved to Houston to work for a marine weather forecasting company and being from Wisconsin, learning tropical weather has been a great learning opportunity and exciting new challenge. I still help out remotely with operations and with programming as needed. I can't say enough about what Innovative Weather has given me, this experience is priceless. In a very competitive field, the undergrad is not enough, you need the experience and the professionalism. IW made me competitive for National Weather Service jobs with only an undergrad degree and helped me grow personally. Also, being on WUWM NPR is super awesome. I can't thank this program enough.


Cory Rothstein

Like many others, my enthusiasm for weather began at a very young age. Growing up in central Minnesota, I had the luxury to experience the best of what the weather of each season had to offer: the pleasant beauty of spring in bud, raw power of summertime thunderstorms, radiant colors of fall foliage, and the blissful silence after a fresh winter snowfall. While all of the seasonal changes in Minnesota kept life interesting, what inspired me the most to pursue meteorology as a career was standing on my front porch with my dad during the summer as we would watch severe thunderstorms roll in and cracks of deafening thunder would shake our house. The feeling of pure awe that the strength of nature instilled in me lead me to learn more about how something so fascinating was even possible. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Saint Cloud State University in May of 2016 and started pursuing a master's degree in Atmospheric Science at UWM in fall of 2016, with Innovative Weather being one of the deciding factors that lead me to Milwaukee for graduate school. From the experience I gain from school and Innovative Weather, I hope to eventually work for the National Weather Service and put my love of weather to good use in helping keep the public weather aware. When I am not thinking about the weather, I enjoy basketball, football, running, cooking, and brewing my own beer. So far, Milwaukee has been a wonderful place to live and I look forward to enjoying the rest of the time that I spend here.


Aidan Kuroski

I grew up in the small town of Bethel, CT with my parents and my three younger brothers and one younger sister and spent most of my life there before moving to Brockport, NY to attend SUNY College at Brockport to study Meteorology. I then moved to Milwaukee, WI to attend UWM in the Fall of 2016 to pursue my Master's degree. My love of the weather somewhat stemmed from various events in my life. At one point I was almost struck by lightning, I experienced many large snowstorms, there was a brief touchdown of a tornado on my road as a child, and I experienced some of the effects of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, although I have loved weather most of my life. One thing I love more than anything, outside of meteorology, is sports. I love to play and watch just about every sport, including table tennis, badminton, tennis, and many others including all of the classic sports. My favorite teams are the Blackhawks, Raiders, Yankees, Knicks, and Manchester City with my favorite tennis player being Rafael Nadal and if I am not working on research or at Innovative Weather chances are that I am watching my favorite sports teams/player.


Andrea Honor

Growing up in Holland, MI along the western shore of Lake Michigan, I developed a fascination for Meteorology at a young age while watching strong thunderstorms pass over the lake. This fascination and dream to be a meteorologist then brought me to Mount Pleasant, MI where I attended Central Michigan University and graduated in the Spring of 2016 with a B.S. in Meteorology. Before finishing my degree however, I had the opportunity to spend a summer doing a Student Volunteer Internship program with the Grand Rapids National Weather Service office in the summer of 2015. During my time there, I had the privilege of practicing my operational forecasting skills, but more importantly I was able to talk with professionals about the vital importance of communication in meteorology. This internship was a major turning point for me in that it fueled my drive to be a better meteorologist through communication, because after all, what good is a forecast if you cannot communicate it effectively? Now as a graduate student with UW-Milwaukee studying to get my master's degree in Atmospheric Science while also working at Innovative Weather, I get the opportunity to practice these communication skills through risk assessment forecasts for our partners, as well as on the radio with WUWM! Not only does Innovative Weather provide first hand operational forecasting experience for students, but we as undergraduate and graduate students get the opportunity to 'fail foreword' as we hone in on our skills while also gaining communication and leadership experience in a professional environment, and for that I am very grateful to have chosen UWM. In the meantime, when I'm not busy doing homework, research, or forecasting at IW, I enjoy spending time outdoors camping, playing tennis, and going to the beach and boating in the summertime, all of which Milwaukee offers


Alex Oser

I grew up in Indianapolis, IN, where my curiosity for weather began in the garage, where my father and I would sit and watch storms blow into the area from strategically placed lawn chairs. I maintained a passion for all things science through each level of education, eventually obtaining my B.S. in mathematics education at Purdue University. After teaching math at the high school level for five years, I decided to return to school, on a pursuit of knowledge about the phenomena I witnessed in the garage many years ago. Now, I'm working towards my M.S. in atmospheric science at UWM, supplementing my theoretical classroom experiences with real world, hands-on experiences at Innovative Weather. When not working and/or studying, I enjoy spending time with my wife and dog. Running, biking, camping, etc. Really anything that allows us to be in nature together. Oh, and eating. We really love food!


Nancy Duque

I'm originally from Los Angeles, in a little city called Lennox, which is 3.7 miles East (or 15 minutes) from LAX. We hear all the airport traffic! I grew up in a predominant Latino community and my curiosity with science began at the age of 8. I got really curious about my environment that I wanted to learn more about the processes that happen in our planet Earth. I grew up watching the weather news with my family, as weather was a great impact to us for certain family events, especially rain or hot sunny days since my dad works for a car wash. I had the privilege to attend the new Lennox Academy charter high school in my hometown and had excellent teachers that mentored me to pursue a science degree. I got my first BS in Physics, with a specialization in Atomic, Molecular and Optics at the University of California, Merced in 2013. I applied to UWM and started in Fall 2016 as a second BS student, majoring in Geology. Joining the Atmospheric Science Club gave me opportunities to meet people with similar interests. A year later took on the challenge to double major in Atmospheric Science and Geology, with a minor in Conservation & Environmental Science. Currently a research assistant for Dr. Czeck, doing a geochemical analysis & microstructural analysis on the Pulo do Lobo rocks. I'm also a tutor for the Geoscience 100 and Atmospheric Science 100 courses, as I feel many students struggle with science courses. I joined Innovative Weather in late of Fall of 2017 as an intern, which is an excellent opportunity to apply theory & research you learn in the classroom to what happens out there! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend & cat. I like to catch up on TV shows, watching movies on Netflix or Hulu, watch cheesy scifi/horror movies on the Comet Channel, going to the movies, go hiking.


Chelsea Picha

"I am extremely grateful to IW for everything it gave me and how it not only became a steppingstone into my career, but also helped me grow as a person. I am thoroughly convinced that without IW, I would not have gotten the experience or confidence needed to excel in the field or achieve my goal of getting into the NWS soon after grad school. The real-life applications and confidence-building that come with a program like this are not something you get from the classroom. I could go on, but it truly is one-of-a-kind. Thanks to the skills gained through IW, I am now able to use what I learned and fuel my passion toward helping core partners, like local emergency managers and media, with their own communication and decision-making regarding the weather, which in turn keeps the general public safe every day."

I grew up in Montgomery, MN, a small town in the south-central part of the state just outside of the Twin Cities metro and have been interested in weather from a pretty young age. My mom still remembers me coming home from school one day in first grade and going on and on about the types of clouds. I particularly remember being fascinated by lightning and watching it during car rides, which eventually led to always watching the severe weather warnings along the bottom of the TV screen and the updates that cut into TV shows. I frequently chose weather-related topics for school projects, and somewhere along the line I decided I wanted to be a meteorologist. I graduated from St. Cloud State University in May of 2016 with a B.S. in meteorology and moved to Milwaukee at the end of that summer to begin pursuing my master’s at UWM, which I earned in 2018. Innovative Weather was a big factor in choosing UWM, and I was a part of the program from January 2017 to May 2019 before getting hired at the National Weather Service office in Topeka, KS. Outside of weather I enjoy music, hanging out with friends and family, checking out local coffee shops and walking trails, and cheering on the Twins and Vikings (sorry, Wisconsinites).


Tim Thielke

Originally from rural western Michigan, my passion for weather grew from my love of the outdoors. While out exploring, camping, fishing, and hunting with my dad I looked to the sky and asked myself why the weather was behaving the way it was. This curiosity brought me to Central Michigan University where I spent four years getting a degree in meteorology, while also building experience forecasting and more importantly finding the answers to my questions while also presenting new ones. Once I got my degree, I chose to continue and move to Milwaukee to get a masters in atmospheric sciences at UWM and join the crew here at Innovative Weather. After I graduate with my masters it is my hope to stick around and get my PhD to satisfy my hunger for knowledge. In my free time, I play basketball with my friends and explore the city, but I still find myself outdoors with my loved ones with my mind wandering somewhere in the clouds.


Jesse Schaffer

While I have always enjoyed hiking, camping, and the outdoors I never considered being a meteorologist until I was in college. In my first semester at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in NY I was placed in a course on the science of climate change and this is what opened the door of meteorology to me. What interested me most about meteorology was the way it combined math and physics to describe something so tangible and so relatable as the weather. My continued interest in meteorology led me to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where I obtained a Master's degree and participated in Innovative Weather. Innovative Weather was a great place to start my career as not only did it allow me to apply what I learned in the classroom, but it also gave me experience dealing with clients/partners and having to make decisions under pressure.


Cole Shimek

Living in Wisconsin, the weather was always on my mind. I have enjoyed seeing how the patterns change as the four season's progress. I have always been fascinated by storms, whether it be a thunderstorm or a snowstorm. Growing up in Manitowoc, I always anticipated how the lake would affect the weather. This further encouraged me to look into what causes this and how to better understand it. In May 2018, I will be receiving my B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Following graduation, I am hoping to pursue a career in operational meteorology either in broadcasting or in the private sector. I joined Innovative Weather as an intern in the spring of 2016. I started first by learning about the programming side of the company and am now moving toward a more operational standpoint. In addition to meteorology, I also enjoy model trains, traveling, and attending music concerts.


James Ryan

Fun fact! I've never seen a tornado, and I would be perfectly happy if I went my whole life without seeing one. My name's James Ryan, and I'm a graduate student working on my MS in Atmospheric Science here at UWM. I grew up in New Jersey, so while I've been used to all four seasons, the winters are rougher in the Midwest. I went to Valparaiso University in a town by the same name in Indiana for undergrad, and have been glad to continue learning in Milwaukee! My interest in meteorology grew when I learned about hurricanes, as well as climate change, and how many people we can help with good forecasts, communication, and preparation. Of course, hurricanes shouldn't be happening in Wisconsin anytime soon, but between lake-effect snow, brutal cold, and a lot more severe weather than we have out east, there's plenty of interesting weather to study and learn about here. Outside of meteorology, I really like singing, acting, seeing friends, and making people laugh. If you took the time to read this, have a great day!


Anna Kaminski

I grew up in the small town of Kansasville, WI with my 3 sisters and 2 brothers before moving the 45 minutes north to Milwaukee to study atmospheric science at UWM. I have always loved math and science while in middle school and even took a meteorology class in high school. This was likely the start of my passion for weather and I decided that I wanted to make a career out of it. In May of 2021, I will be graduating with a B.S. degree in atmospheric science and I hope to continue my education further by pursuing a master's degree in atmospheric science as well. When I am not busy doing research or studying, I enjoy spending time with my family and going to country concerts with my friends.


Giorgio Sarro

Hi, my name is Giorgio Sarro, and I am currently a Senior here at UWM. Like many of my peers at Innovative Weather, my passion for science and meteorology started at a young age. During my childhood, I spent my time observing cloud formations or admiring the structures of snowflakes from the scenic ridges of the islands of Sicily to the slopes of the Alps. I was lucky to live in Italy, Germany, France and now the US, experiencing different climates and cultures. When I first moved to Milwaukee, my only objective was: I want to become a meteorologist!. Innovative Weather has been one of the most important experiences during my studies, as it gave me the opportunity to be a meteorologist while still earning my degree. Additionally, through this experience I learned how much work is still needed to improve our current understanding of the atmosphere, motivating me to go further than my bachelor. In the next few years I plan in obtaining a PhD, and later become a research scientist or a professor. Innovative Weather will always have a special place in my formation as a professional of the atmosphere.


Brandon Selbig

Hello everyone! I am a current undergraduate student here at UW-Milwaukee as I add an Atmospheric Sciences major to my Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Geology from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. I grew up in a small, two red light town, in western NY state called Wayland and that's where my love for all the natural sciences and how they interact and work off one another began. My interests began in different Earth Sciences such as Tsunamis, Volcanoes and Earthquakes and later grew as I got over my childhood fears of severe weather. Binge-watching late-night shows on the weather channel of natural disasters always had me asking questions and wanting to know why and how and as I grew and matured, I explored those questions. After the Super Outbreak from 2011, my junior year in high school, I grew an obsession for severe weather and figuring out all the factors that could create such a force of nature. My goals upon graduating from UWM in a year, I would love to explore and do research on how volcanic eruptions not only affect the atmospheric conditions around them regionally but also globally. Outside of school and work I am very active as I'm an ex-collegiate XC and Track runner and still train every day. You can usually find me with my dog Nala as we explore much of the country hiking, running and seeing all we can in nature! But you can also find me at home reading a book on science or history, watching a Joe Rogan Podcast, cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers or probably most likely watching Avengers Endgame for the thousandth time!


Austin Scheib

Having a lifelong passion for weather and teaching, Austin Scheib has recently moved into his new role as Director of Training/Professional Development in the Winter of 2019. His interest in weather started at a young age, by watching thunderstorms roll into the Sheboygan area while his aunt would babysit him. His passion for weather would continue to grow over the years through the wide plethora of weather the Sheboygan area experiences. In 2014, he got an opportunity to do a independent research project on the Super Outbreak of 2011 and presented his findings to a group of his peers. While earning his BS in Atmospheric Sciences at UW-Milwaukee, he joined the IW team as an intern in May of 2017, becoming an Operational Meteorologist by late August of that year. After graduation in spring 2018 he transitioned to his new role with Innovative Weather as the Assistant Director of Operations which he served as for two years before taking the opportunity to step in as the Director of Training/Professional Development. Austin is currently going back to school to obtain his teaching license and eventually a Master's degree in Education and hopes to teach science related courses and meteorology at the middle school and high school level. Austin's interests outside of weather include football and basketball, as well as coaching sports teams in his free time.


Ilijana Mastilovic

I am Ilijana Mastilovic and I am originally from Serbia, I grew up in a small city at the Adriatic coast, Tivat, Boka Bay, Montenegro. As a child I was fascinated by thunderstorms, passing by over the bay. I have always been interested in a weather science.

I graduated from University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia with Bachelor and Master`s degree in Meteorology Science. After graduation I worked as an Aviation Weather Forecaster in Bosnia and Herzegovina for almost 3 years. I am very thankful for this experience that allowed me to perceive the complexity of Meteorology and realize that I would like to take my education to the next level. My time as an undergraduate student opened my eyes to the excitement of science. I had a chance to do some original research on my Master studies. It inspired and encouraged me to pursue my education to the PhD level. I enjoy my academic work as well as operational work. I am very grateful to have a chance to be part of Innovative Weather. It is a great opportunity to learn more about operational forecasting and improve forecasting skills! In my spare time I enjoy traveling, learning about new places, playing flute and listen music, hiking and spending time in nature!


Meghan Bitterlin

Hello there! My name is Meghan and I am from a south suburb of Chicago. I graduated in May of 2021 with a degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My next step is the Professional Masters of Science program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I plan to study communication, risk management, and climate, and could not be more excited! Weather has always been a passion on mine, but it wasn't until a series of strong storms blew through my hometown, producing severe weather and tornadoes, that I knew that this field was for me. While everyone was retreating to the basement to seek shelter, I was begging my Mom to let me sit in the garage to watch. I had no idea what was causing severe weather at that time, but I knew I needed to find out. Fast forward 15 years, I am now forecasting for severe weather events! Innovative weather has been such a positive experience during my time here at UWM, not only developing my understanding of real-life atmospheric concepts, but also building my communication and organization skills. Other than spending my time on schoolwork and watching storms blow through Milwaukee, I enjoy spending time with my friends, travelling, playing tennis, and listening to music. One of my favorite memories of UWM, other than IW, was when I traveled to Mexico to study the effects of acid rain on archaeological sites.


Hannah Lisney

When I was young anytime I got upset about something, my grandpa would take me outside to look at the clouds so that I would calm down. We would lie there and try to make shapes out of them, and it was always able to calm me down. He would also take me out into the garage to watch storms when they came, and I remember always thinking they were so interesting. When I got to be a little older in my teenage years, I remember always watching those storm chasing shows on the weather channel. Those shows are what got me into the weather. I would always dream about being able to go on storm chases and see tornadoes. Once I graduated high school and had to think about what I wanted to do for a career I knew without much thought that I wanted to do something involving the weather. I will be graduating with my B.S in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2020. After graduation I hope to either continue on to get my Master's degree or pursue a career in a meteorological position. My interests outside of the weather include music, sports, and spending time with good friends.


Sierra Hansen

My name is Sierra Hansen and I'm currently a junior in UWM's atmospheric science program. I was raised in Madison, WI, but was actually born in Houston Texas, so I've gotten to experience many different weather phenomena throughout my lifetime. Originally planning on only minoring in atmospheric studies, UWM has opened my eyes to the possibilities that these studies can hold, and motivated me to not only pursue at Bachelor's but also a future career in meteorology. However, I still love to spend time with my other interests and hobbies, which includes fimmaking and editing, where I can really flex my creative muscles. Currently an intern at Innovative Weather, I've been working since November 2019 in order to become a part of the great experiences and people this program has to offer. For the future, I would love to continue my studies into atmospheric science with a master's degree, possibly focusing on research in mesoscale meteorology.


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