Current Officers (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)


Katelyn Zigner  

Deputy Director

Zach Bruick

Zach is a junior meteorology and geography major with minors in math and Spanish from Seward, Nebraska. He has been a member of VUSIT and the Northwest Indiana AMS/NWA Student Chapter since he began his studies at Valpo. He was inducted into the meteorology honor society, Chi Epsilon Pi, in the spring of 2015. During this past summer Zach conducted lake-effect snow research at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York as part of the NSF-funded OWLES project. He has been named a NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholar and will conduct research at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma during the summer of 2016. His main areas of focus within meteorology are severe weather prediction, boundary layer meteorology, and climatology. Outside of meteorology, Zach is actively involved with the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) and Brothers Reaching Out (BRO) at Valpo, taking additional leadership roles with each organization. He also enjoys supporting the VU athletic teams and the Chicago Cubs in his free time.


Cameron Nixon

Cameron is a junior meteorology major with minors in GIS and Math. He has been a part of VUSIT as well as AMS for three years, and was inducted into Chi Epsilon Pi as a sophomore. He involves himself in campus media such as The Torch, VUTV and WVUR and has been a Weather Center tutor for 2 years. Cameron *really* enjoys chasing storms and considers it a hobby alongside photography; he is most known for going to extreme measures to get a single photo. In addition to VUSIT, Cameron is a member of Weather-Ready Ambassador JWSevereWeather, an organization created to warn others and aid in rescue, relief and education. He has served as a student volunteer at NWS Chicago to better understand the impacts of storms and warnings on people. He is also a NOAA Hollings scholar and hopes to use this to research severe storm forecasting and warning methods in the future.


Kyle Brown

Sophomore Social Chair

Sabrina Bates

Sabrina is a sophomore meteorology major with a minor in environmental studies. She has been a member of VUSIT and the northwest Indiana chapter of AMS/NWA for two years. This year, she also plans to become involved in VUTV. She has had a cloud obsession since she was 10 years old, but her interests within meteorology range from severe weather to climatology. She greatly cares about the environment, which is why she chose her minor, as she wants to have the skills for addressing environmental issues in her future. Outside of meteorology, Sabrina is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the service fraternity on campus. She hopes to someday combine her love for weather and volunteering together. 

Meteorology Faculty Advisor

Dr. Bart J. Wolf

Dr. Bart J. WolfBart J. Wolf is a professor of meteorology at Valparaiso University. His professional interests range from mesoscale meteorology and severe storms to radar applications. He received his Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991 and joined VU in 1993 as its first meteorologist. Wolf was also awarded the Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching by the University in 2000 for his commitment to and effectiveness in teaching. 


Wolf serves as academic advisor to several dozen meteorology majors, is faculty advisor for the Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team, and co-founded the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Weather Association. His innovative and engaging style makes him a popular speaker. He has given more than 100 talks to civic and professional groups, presented his work at numerous conferences, and been published in several journals and magazines.