David Russell Harrison

120 David L. Boren Blvd
Norman, OK 73072


Ph.D. Meteorology 
M.S. Meteorology 
B.S.  Meteorology 
Minor in Computer Science 
Minor in Mathematics 

University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma

July 2022
May 2018
May 2016
May 2016
May 2016

Recent Professional Experience:

Research Scientist II and Team Lead
09/01/22 – Present

Conducted collaborative hazardous weather research and development
Served as a lead facilitator of the HWT Spring Forecasting Experiment
Managed a team of four researchers, led hiring committees, and managed budgets
Developed software and applications for operational deployment within SPC and NWS
Mentored junior colleagues and students
Documented and published scientific research results
Presented research results in local, national, and international meetings

Research Associate II
05/31/18 – 09/01/22 (4 years)                                                                       

Developed and implemented operational calibrated thunderstorm forecast guidance
Designed and published internal websites for experimental and operational products
Developed long-term climatologies of lightning, severe hazards, and sounding parameters
Used machine learning techniques to develop experimental probabilistic forecast guidance
Used machine learning techniques to classify winter precipitation type from observations
Frequently observed and worked with forecasters to support research to operations goals
Trained forecasters on new experimental and operational products
Trained colleagues on machine learning and version control techniques
Presented research results at professional conferences and meetings
Administered and participated in HWT Spring Forecasting experiments

Graduate Research Assistant                                                
05/24/16 – 05/12/18 (2 years)                                                                               

Researched and developed aspects of probabilistic hazards information for FACETs
Helped administer the 2016 & 2017 HWT Spring Experiments
Used machine learning techniques for probabilistic modeling
Used University of Oklahoma supercomputer to process large datasets
Published open-source software on Python Packaging Index and GitHub

Research Meteorologist Intern
08/22/16 – 12/13/16 (4 months)

Processed archived environmental sounding and storm report data
Used machine learning techniques to predict severe weather environments
Authored scientific literature and presentations
Observed SPC operations

Research Meteorologist Intern
NOAA/NSSL (Hollings Scholarship)        
05/26/15 – 07/31/15 (2 months)

Performed data mining on large datasets using Python
Performed statistical analysis on large datasets
Worked extensively with shapefiles in Python
Experience using WarnGen and AWIPS II
Authored scientific literature for publication

Mobile Application Developer
The University of Oklahoma (Research Experience for Undergrads)
03/11/13 – 05/26/15 (2 years)

Designed and programmed iPad applications using Objective C
Used Git and XCode for code version control
Learned to design intuitive user interfaces
Wrote Python scripts to retrieve data from an online database
Experience working with multiple programmers on the same code
Experience publishing an app through the Apple App Store

Skills & Abilities:

Technological Skills
Python, Java, Objective C, Visual Basic, C#, C++, MATLAB, HTML, CSS, Javascript
Windows 10,  Macintosh Mavericks,  Linux RedHat and CentOS
Microsoft Word,  Excel,  PowerPoint,  Publisher,  LaTex

Practical Abilities
Training in technical writing
Training and experience with machine learning and deep learning techniques
Training in application of theory to severe weather forecasting (OU/SPC Course)
FEMA IC-00100.b and IC-00700.a certified
Experience designing and maintaining a website
Proficient at troubleshooting network and software issues
Proficient using Git and NCEP VLab for project management and version control

Students Supervised:

Evan Belkin (Co-mentor), NOAA Lapenta Internship (Summer 2022)
Phoebe Lin (Co-mentor), NOAA Lapenta Internship (Summer 2023)
Ashlynne Gary (Co-mentor), NOAA Lapenta Internship (Summer 2024)

Awards & Scholarships:

The University of Oklahoma
Phi Beta Kappa
American Meteorological Society Undergraduate Scholarship
School of Meteorology Out-of-State Freshman Scholarship
Award of Excellence Scholarship
Nominated for College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences Outstanding Junior

NOAA Hollings Scholarship
1st Place Award on oral presentation at the 2020 AMS Annual Meeting
1st Place Award on oral presentation at the 2018 AMS Annual Meeting
2nd Place Award on oral presentation at the 2018 AMS Annual Meeting
Honorable Mention Award on oral presentation at the 2016 AMS Annual Meeting
AXA Achievement Scholarship
Dowd and Susan Ritter Dependent Scholarship Award
State Farm Companies Foundation Scholarship
Fountain Lake Alumni Association Scholarship
Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award
Woodmen of the World American History Award

Professional & Honorary Society Memberships:

Member, AI2ES Research to Operations Work Group (2021 – )
Member, AI2ES Winter Weather P-Type Work Group (2021 – )
Member, NSF AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography (AI2ES) (2020 – )
Member,  American Meteorological Society  (2014 – )
Member,  Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society  (2012 – 2013)
Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2012 – )
Member, Phi Beta Kappa  (2016 – )