Jenni Evans

Dr. Jenni Evans named acting director of PSIEE

PSIEE is pleased to announce that Dr. Jenni L. Evans, Professor of Meteorology, has accepted the position of Acting Director effective July 1, 2014.
PSIEE's current director, Dr. Tom Richard, will be on sabbatical through June 30, 2015.
Dr. Neil Sharkey, Interim Vice President for Research, said in an announcement of the appointment on April 25, "I am absolutely confident that Dr. Evans will do an excellent job in guiding PSIEE in Dr. Richard's absence."
Dr. Evans received her B.Sc. (Honors) and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Monash University 1984 and 1990, respectively. She served as visiting scientist with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and as a research scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Melbourne, Australia before being appointed as an assistant professor of Meteorology at Penn State in 1992. Dr. Evans was promoted to full professor in 2005 with a joint appointment in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. She served as an interim director of EESI in 2013.
Dr. Evan's research interests are organized around the themes of tropical cyclones, tropical convection and climate change. She is a member of a small group of scientists who recognized and developed the research area of extratropical transition of tropical cyclones, and the forecasting tool she developed during that effort is actively used by the U.S. and Canadian National Hurricane Centers, as well as the U.S. Air Force Weather Squadron, the Joint (U.S. Navy/Air Force) Typhoon Warning Center, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Japanese Meteorological Agency.
Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the EPA and the U.S. Navy. Since 2003, Dr. Evans has served as the Professional Team Lead Meteorologist for the Florida Commission for Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology, and in 2010, she was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
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