Russell is a senior at Valparaiso University with a major in meteorology and a minor in mathematics. He has been a member of VUSIT for four years and has served as the deputy director before currently serving as the director. He has also been a four year member of the northwest Indiana chapter of AMS/NWA and was inducted into Chi Epsilon Pi in the spring of 2014. He has been on three convective field study trips and multiple day chases. Over the past two summers Russell has had two internships, one working with Murray and Trettel, and the other serving as a student volunteer for the National weather Service. His primary interest in the field of meteorology is forecasting and he currently participates in the national forecasting competition, WxChallenge. In the future, Russell plans to attend graduate school and work for the National Weather Service. Outside of meteorology Russell is the vice president of the Intramural Advisory Council and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He participates in many intramural sports including basketball, volleyball, and flag football and is employed as a referee and coordinator for intramural sports.
John is a senior at Valparaiso University with a major in meteorology. He has been a member of VUSIT for four years and has served as the secretary before currently serving as the deputy director. He has also been a two year member of the northwest Indiana chapter of AMS/NWA. John is in his fourth year of the AFROTC program based out of DET 225 University of Notre Dame, and will receive a commision at the end of the 2014/2015 school year and head into his active duty career. Being a member of the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi Indiana Epsilon has given him the opportunity to serve on multiple committees. He has been on one convective field study trip and multiple day chases which have given him experience to lead future chases. John is a member of the honors society Alpha Lambda Delta, and is part of multiple community service events. His main meteorological focus is on severe convection and operational forecasting. Outside of the scholastic work, John is better known as a professional Notre Dame football fan.
Maggie is a senior at Valparaiso University with a major in Meteorology and a minor in creative writing. She has been a four year member of both VUSIT and the Northwest Indiana Chapter of AMS/NWA. This past summer she was a team lead on the second convective field study and an intern with United Airlines. Along with being navigator on her first storm chase after her sophomore year. She is very interested in aviation meteorology along with severe weather. Maggie also participated in a spring break trip to Washington, IL to help with disaster relief after the tornado on November 17th. Outside of meteorology, Maggie has volunteered with many service events through Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. You may also find her reading a book, listening to Fall Out Boy, or loudly cheering for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Emily is currently a senior at VU with a major in Meteorology. She has been a member of VUSIT and AMS/NWA for four years. Severe weather is her favorite weather phenomena and she hopes to stay close with it after college. Emily participated in a week long service trip to Washington, Illinois to help with disaster relief following the tornado on November 17th. She hopes to eventually work with The Red Cross or FEMA and assist with disaster relief across the country. Emily has also been involved with Alpha Phi Omega, the on campus service fraternity, for three semesters. Through APO, she has volunteered for events events such as the Jingle Jog and the Bed Push. Outside of meteorology, she can be found writing her novel, reading a Palahniuk book or watching a movie.
Meteorology Faculty Advisor
Dr. Bart J. Wolf
Bart 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.