Dr. Pamela Heinselman is a research scientist with the NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory and an affiliate assistant professor of the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology. Her research interests are warning and forecast applications of weather radars, with an emphasis on phased array radar.
Dr. Heinselman's primary research objective is to determine how to best capitalize on phased array radar capabilities to address 21st century forecast and warning needs, including the NOAA Weather and Water strategic mission goal to increase lead time and accuracy for weather and water warnings and forecasts. She is accomplishing this objective through a combination of innovative scanning strategy design, leadership of data collection and analysis activities, active involvement with end users, and graduate student mentorship. Working with radar data has been Dr. Heinselman’s passion, as indicated by her earlier teamwork that was recognized by a NOAA Bronze Medal in 1998 and Silver Medal in 1999 for improvements to NEXRAD algorithms.
In July 2009, Dr. Heinselman was selected for the 2008 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. This award recognizes her research and leadership accomplishments in using phased array radar for observing hazardous weather. Subsequently, in October 2009 her Heinselman et al. 2008 paper entitled, "Rapid Sampling of Severe Storms by the National Weather Radar Testbed Phased Array Radar" was chosen for the OAR Outstanding Paper of the Year Award. In 2010 her publication also won the Professor Dr. Vilho Vaisala Award.
Dr. Heinselman is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology (2004) and an M.S. and B.S. graduate (1994 and 1992, respectively) of the St. Louis University Depart. of Earth and Atmospheric Science. She is orginally from Westminster, Maryland.