Dr. Paul Roebber is the Founder of Innovative Weather, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences in the UWM Department of Mathematical Sciences, and Associate Dean of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences. His research in synoptic meteorology has led to improvements in operational tools used by the National Weather Service, Weather Eye, Inc., and WE Energies. Dr. Roebber's background includes experience in mesoscale numerical model prediction, private forecasting, and editing the journal of Weather and Forecasting. He has been the recipient of the American Meteorological Society's Editors Award, the UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Award, and the Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Mike Westendorf continues in his role as the Director of Operations for Innovative Weather, a position he has held since 2007 when he began the process of guiding the operational part of the IW program into existence. His responsibilities include managing daily forecast services, training staff members, mentoring senior staff, recruiting clients, and maintaining program sustainability. Westendorf graduated from UWM in 1996 with a BS in Atmospheric Sciences, and went on to complete his post-undergraduate research on high-resolution modeling and radar analysis with Dr. Roebber. In 2017 he was awarded the Outstanding Performance and Service Award for his role at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. His experience includes roles as Director of Operations at Weather Eye, Inc. and Severe Weather Assistant under then Chief Meteorologist Paul Joseph at WTMJ4, Milwaukee's NBC affiliate. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is also an accomplished singer/songwriter.