I spent over four decades living and working in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. I’ve always loved weather and science and wanted someday to become a pilot. After graduating high school I attended college at University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park and received a B.S. degree in Atmospheric Science. During my junior and senior years at UMD, I was offered a grant to work at the World Weather Building in Camp Springs, Maryland. After graduating from UMD I worked as a research meteorologist for the NWS.
After a few years I left the NWS to pursue a career in software engineering. During the next two decades I worked for several aerospace giants to include McDonnell Douglas and Northrop Grumman. During this time I went back to University of Maryland and earned an M.S. in Computer Systems Management. In the late 90s, I decided that I wasn’t getting any younger and earned my private pilot’s certificate and eventually became an FAA-certificated flight instructor. I was hooked on aviation. So, I decided to quit my comfortable software engineering job and start my own business as a full time flight instructor.
Given my aviation experience and love for meteorology, I decided to specialize in teaching pilots about aviation weather. That has led me to build a website (avwxworkshops.com) and teach general aviation pilots at all experience levels how to minimize their exposure to adverse weather. My research interest is centered around the pilot’s preflight weather briefing. My goal is to integrate the briefing using a method that synthesizes the weather guidance into a form that’s easy to understand while being comprehensive and reliable. This will entail creating interest maps of the various adverse weather elements and combining the data using fuzzy logic. Finally, the proof is in the pudding to build an app that implements the research using real-time data while getting feedback from pilots who will use it to plan actual flights.