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Advisory Board

Recently the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science formed a new alumni advisory board. The board is a mix of undergraduate and graduate alumni from various years and disciplines. Nate Brunsell, the departmental chair, and Jay T. Johnson, the associate departmental chair and student liaisons from Geography and Atmospheric Science also participate.

The Board was designed to assist students and faculty with a variety of initiatives.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Host alumni gatherings to re-acquaint you with happenings at Lindley
  • Establish a network of professionals that are available to advise/mentor students
  • Create a web page that provides details on available internships
  • Support student travel to professional conferences and training
  • Support field camp
  • Support the improvement of Lindley Hall
  • And more…

We will keep you informed and ask for your support as we proceed.

Chair, Advisory Board:

David C. Stearns, HERE, a Nokia business – Regional Map & Content, GIS Project Specialist

Advisory Board Members:

Randy Baker, Senior Meteorologist, United Parcel Service (UPS)
Abigail Boudewyns, Legislative Fellow, Kansas Legislative Research Department, Topeka, KS
Mark Burger, Aviation Meteorologist, Federal Aviation Administration
Matt Foster, National Weather Service
Kevin Howald, Senior Engineering Manager, Harris Corporation
Michelle Joest, Quality Assurance Architect, Independent Contractor
George Pangburn, Nuclear Safety Consultant, US NRC
Dan Rose, GIS Analyst, WaterOne, Lenexa, KS
Tom Schmiedeler, Professor, Washburn University
Jay T. Johnson, Associate Departmental Chair
Jared Williams, IT Project Manager, Xceligent Inc., Blue Springs, MO
Kimberly Penner, US Army Corps of Engineers

Student Liason:

Undergraduate Student Liaison – Atmospheric Science
Undergraduate Student Liaison – Geography
Graduate Student Liaison – Atmospheric Science
Graduate Student Liaison – Geography


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