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Dr. Don T. Conlee
Don T. Conlee
Phone:
(979) 845-5099
Fax:
(979) 862-4466
Email:
dconlee@tamu.edu
Office:
Eller O&M 1210G
Address:
Texas A&M University
O&M Building, Room 1210G
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
MS 3150
College Station, Texas 77843

Degrees:

Ph.D. Meteorology, Texas A&M University, 1994

M.S. Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, Naval Postgraduate School, With Distinction, 1991

B.S. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Louisiana, Monroe, Summa Cum Laude, 1983


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Don T. Conlee

Instructional Professor

Research Interests

Real-World Meteorology including forecasting and provision of weather services and products.  Meteorological and Oceanographic in-situ instrumentation.  Forecasting (human and numerical) impact of on-demand rawindsonde observations in data-sparse regions.   

Design and mentoring of undergraduate high-impact learning experiences, including study abroad, Research Experience for Undergraduates, and mesoscale/microscale observation directed studies and research.  

Selected Publications

  • Robert J. Trapp, David J. Stensrud, Michael C. Coniglio, Russ S. Schumacher, Michael E. Baldwin, Sean Waugh, and Don T. Conlee, Mobile radiosonde deployments during the Mesoscale Predictability Experiment (MPEX): Rapid and adaptive sampling of upscale convective feedbacks, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Mar2016, Vol. 97 Issue 3
  • Conlee, Don T. 2005. Real-Time Oil Platform Ocean Current Data in the Gulf of Mexico. AGU Eos Trans. 86(18). Jt. Assem. Suppl., Abstract OS32A-04.
  • Conlee, Don T. 2001. Satellite Data Utilization by U.S. Navy Meteorology and Oceanography. Invited Paper. Eleventh Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography.
  • Rigney, J.P., Bouchard, R., Diamond C., Berkshire, D., L'Heureux D., Conlee D. T., Colton M. 1997. Oceanography from Space in Support of Naval Operations. Marine Technology Society Journal.
  • Conlee, Don T. and Marie Colton. 1996. Microwave Remote Sensing Primer. Commander Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command News.
  • Conlee, Don T. 1994. Meteorological Information Content and Non-Profiling Applications of the SSM/T-2. Doctoral Dissertation, Texas A&M University.
  • Conlee, Don T. 1991. Satellite image display and processing with microcomputers: a proof-of-concept for the Navy Oceanographical Data Distribution System (NODDS). Master's Thesis, Naval Postgraduate School. (Actual code implemented into operational system in 1992)

Additional Information

Experience

  • 2014- - Instructional (Full) Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • 2009-2014 - Instructional Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • 2007-2008 - Gulf Region Manager, NortekUSA, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
  • 2003-2007 - Chief Scientist, National Data Buoy Center, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
  • 2001-2003 - Commanding Officer, Naval Technical Training Unit, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  • 1999-2001 - Director of Remote Sensing Programs and Fleet Systems, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
  • 1997-1999 - Meteorology, Oceanography, and Strike Warfare Officer, U.S. Navy, Enterprise Battle Group Staff
  • 1994-1997 - Satellite and Environmental Data Department Head, Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Monterey, California
  • 1987-1989 - Meteorologist, USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)
  • 1983-1986 - NWP Quality Control/Project Development Officer, Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center, Monterey, California
  • 1979-1982 - Observer/Meteorological Technician, National Weather Service, Agricultural Weather Service Center, Stoneville, Mississippi

High Impact Undergraduate Programs

  • SEA-Met Study Abroad: Student Experiences Abroad in Meteorology is a Maymester program designed to provide a significant scientific and cultural experience without affecting time-to-graduate or summer study, internships, or employment.   The focus is primarily on coastal locations with significantly different meteorological mechanisms from North American and/or the mid-latitudes.  The first SEA-Met class traveled to China to study Meteorology of Asia in May 2015, and the second will study Caribbean/Tropical Meteorology in May 2016 on the island of Barbados.
  • Summer SOAP:   The primary activity of Summer SOAP (Student Operational ADRAD Project) is in multiple small groups where undergraduate students learn radar fundamentals, man and operate the Texas A&M Aggie Doppler Radar (ADRAD), launch upper-air balloon and tethered soundings, and operate and maintain the Cloud Observatory/Ceilometer.  Students also are engaged in special research projects, typically involving applied meteorology or observation technologies.    This activity is designed to fit around a normal Summer I schedule of classes or local employment.   Many students from Summer SOAP continue research and present results at the winter American Meteorological Society meeting or at University/College research week events.   
  • SOUP:  The Student Operational Upper-Air Program (SOUP) is a volunteer activity open to all where students assist in the launch of balloons carrying radiosondes in support of requests by the National Weather Service to aid in critical forecast situations.  These include potential severe weather and freezing/frozen precipitation events.   Beginning in Spring 2016 students must be enrolled in an ATMO 491 for 0 or more credits to participate.  (0 credits do not add to load or tuition, but document the activity for transcript purposes)
  • Green Roof:   Every semester a group of students enrolled in a special section of ATMO 485, Directed Studies, builds, maintains, instruments, and studies green roof and living wall installations.  This activity is physically located on the roof of the Langford Architecture building “A”, but involves students and professors from three Colleges:  Geosciences, Architecture, and Agriculture.  Our students typically concentrate on the advanced sensors placed in and around the plots, but certainly occasionally get their hands dirty with planting, weeding, and havesting!
  • Observations Directed Studies:  The Texas A&M Mesonet high-precision meteorological observation site is maintained by a small number of student enrollees in a special section of ATMO 485, Directed Studies.   Students learn about data communications, instrument data collection programming, and, of course, the instruments themselves.
  • NSF REU Site:  Atmospheric Sciences in the Gulf Coast Region.   Director and Co-PI of our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site which brings in students from around the country each summer for study within our departmental research groups.   The student cohort also engages in career enrichment and group field study.

Selected Presentations and Extended Abstracts

  • On-Demand Radisosonde Observations to Aid Severe and Hazardous Weather Forecasting in the Southeast Texas Upper-Air Sparse Region, 18th Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS), 2014, Don Conlee,  L. Wood and R. C. Sodowsky.
  • Plant Survival for Living Walls in a Subtropical Climate, Cities Alive 12th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference, Nashville, Nov. 2014, Bruce Dvorak, Kirk Laminack*, Astrid Volder, Don Conlee
  • Teaching Meteorological and Observing Fundamentals Through High-Impact Learning.  22nd Symposium on Education, 2013, Don T. Conlee,  S. L. Nasiri and A. D. Rapp
  • Understanding the Origins of Data:  Teaching Observing Fundamentals, Don T. Conlee, 2012 Unidata User's Workshop, Boulder, CO
  • A Low-cost Electronic Chart Wall for Undergraduate Program Enhancement.  Joint Session: 19th Symposium on Education and 26th Conference on Interactive Information and Processing Systems (IIPS) for Meteorology, Oceanography, and Hydrology, American Meteorological Society, 2010, Don Conlee, and M. Perrotte and C. Mouchyn.
  • Rapid Deployment Upper Air Observations for Incident Meteorological Support.  IMPACTS Weather 2010, American Meteorological Society, 2011,
  • Performance of a Subsurface Buoy for Directional Wave Measurements. ONR/MTS Buoy Workshop. March 2008.
  • National Data Buoy Center Observations Supporting PIRATA (NOSP). NOAA Office of Climate Observation Annual Review, 2006.
  • The HF Radar National Server and Architecture Project. 11th Symposium on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS). American Meteorological Society 2007.
  • IOOS Backbone Expansion Efforts by NOAA's National Data Buoy Center. 10th Symposium on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS). American Meteorological Society 2006.
  • The NWS Marine Observation Network: Coastal Marine Component of Multiple Observing Systems. Ninth Symposium on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS). American Meteorological Society 2005.
  • Revolutionizing Naval Meteorology Training. Twelfth Symposium on Education. American Meteorological Society 2003.
  • Information Content and Non-Profiling Applications of the SSM/T-2. Seventh Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography 1994.

Selected Mentored Undergraduate Research/Posters

  • Impact of vegetation on rooftop temperatures under a modular green roof system, Austin M. Silva*, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and D. Smith*, D. Bosworth*, E. F. Ruano*, B. J. Toy*, S. Vaxter*, C. Landry*, and D. T. Conlee, 15th Annual Student Conference, American Meteorological Society, 2016.
  • Non-internet meteorological data reception for emergency and remote applications, Jamison P. McCarthy*, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and S. Vaxter*, D. Bonnette*, D. Conlee, and C. J. Nowotarski, 15th Annual Student Conference, American Meteorological Society, 2016.
  • Low-level Wind Comparisons Using Multiple Sensing Technologies, Trenton Wade Spencer*, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and E. F. Ruano*, B. E. Barker*, and D. T. Conlee, 15th Annual Student Conference, American Meteorological Society, 2016.
  • Cloud Camera Technology for Meteorology Education, 14th Annual AMS Student Conference, Lauren E. Replogle, D. Bosworth and D. Conlee
  • Meteorological Displays for a Cloud and Visibility Observatory, 14th Annual AMS Student Conference, 2015, Megan Murat, A. Harte, D. Bosworth, B. Sullivan, S. Vaxter, E. Lewis, C. Rindfuss, D. Conlee, and S. L. Nasiri
  • A Raspberry Pi Interface for Ceilometers, 14th Annual AMS Student Conference, 2015, James Coy*,  Megan McKeown*, and D. Conlee
  • Wireless Sensor Data Transmission Techniques in High Precision Meteorological Instrumentation,  13th Annual AMS Student Conference and Career Fair, 2014,  Jeffrey C. Cohen*, A. Tomasco*, J. Rivas*, and D. T. Conlee
  • Mobile Upper Air Operations in Support of the MPEX Field Experiment,  13th Annual AMS Student Conference and Career Fair, 2014, Avery Tomasco*, J. Hernandez*, C. Thomas*, R. Sodowsky*, L. Barta*, C. Holt*, and D. Conlee
  • Micrometeorological Instrumentation of a Green Roof and Living Walls Project13th Annual AMS Student Conference and Career Fair, 2014, Kathryn Westerman*, R. J. Chilton*, K. J. Cobb*, L. E. Seidensticker*, G. Sims*, L. Gerber-Chavez*, H. Upton*, and D. T. Conlee
  • Beta-testing of New InterMet Systems Radiosonde Software, 13th Annual AMS Student Conference and Career Fair, 2014, Sarah E. Spivey*, D. T. Conlee, M. Murat*, and R. C. Sodowsky*
  • Teaching Meteorological and Observing Fundamentals Through High-Impact Learning.  22nd Symposium on Education, 2013, Don T. Conlee,  S. L. Nasiri and A. D. Rapp
  • How Low Can You Go? Determining the Accuracy of Very Low Cost Internet Weather Stations, 12th Annual AMS Student Conference, 2013, Christopher D. Wuenscher*, M. C. Rencurrel* and D. Conlee
  • Upper Air Support for the Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Experiment, 12th Annual AMS Student Conference, 2013, Mark David Benoit*, K. Brewer*, J. Rivas*, R. C. Sodowsky*, C. J. Webb*, and D. T. Conlee
  • Vaisala Laser Ceilometer CT12K Cloud Fraction Retrieval Analysis, 12th Annual AMS Student Conference, 2013, Ashley L. Demko*,  C. J. Webb*, R. C. Sodowsky*, D. T. Conlee, and S. L. Nasiri
  • Atmospheric Profiles on a Budget Using Surplus Radiosondes and Theodolites, 12th Annual AMS Student Conference, 2013, Jonathan Rivas*, K. Brewer*, M. D. Benoit*, and D. T. Conlee
  • Comparing Performance of Two Generations of Radiosondes in a Tethersonde Application, 12th Annual AMS Student Conference, 2013, Christopher W. Bradley*, A. Robinson*, M. Ruiz*, and D. T. Conlee
  • Understanding the Origins of Data:  Teaching Observing Fundamentals, Don T. Conlee, 2012 Unidata User's Workshop, Boulder, CO
  • A Tethered Radiosonde Capability for Undergraduate Student Research. 11th Annual AMS Student Conference, 2012, Michael A. Herrera*, S. N. Stevenson* and D. T. Conlee
  • Practical Applications of a Multi-Parameter Meteorological Instrument in a Mobile Environment. 11th Annual AMS Student Conference, 2012, Ashley L. Demko*, C. M. Elsik*, W. A. Hatheway*, and D. T. Conlee
  • PIBAL: Still a Cost-Effective Research and Learning Tool. 11th Annual AMS Student Conference, 2012, Erik R. Nielsen*, D. T. Conlee and M. T. Crawford*
  • A comparison between AIRS and observed soundings.  11th Annual AMS Student Conference, 2012, M. S. Medina*, J. D. Joplin*, S. L. Nasiri, and D. T. Conlee
  • Upper air observations over the Gulf oil spill: A student experience of a lifetime.  Tenth Annual Student Conference.  American Meteorological Society, 2011.  G. Seroka*, D. Delao*, and D. Conlee. 

Memberships/Affiliations

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Naval Weather Service Association Lifetime Member
  • Marine Technology Society
  • American Shore and Beach Preservation Association
  • Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) Observing Systems Committee (2006-2009)
  • CARO-COOPS and CORMP (Academic observation network operators) Science Advisory Boards (2006)
  • Former Goal Team member of the GOES-R Cal/Val steering group

*Instructional Professor is the third rank (Instructional Assistant Professor, Instructional Associate Professor, Instructional (Full) Professor) for Faculty on the Academic Professional Track.  Instructional professors typically have accentuated teaching responsibilities above those of Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty, and may have altered research responsibilities.   My research concentrates on helping undergraduates have initial research experiences that may lead to further undergraduate research or graduate school/research.   

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