Jim is a Technical Staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 2015, an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 2013, an M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 2011, and a B.S. in Meteorology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 2009. His research has focused within the realm of atmospheric weather radars, with foci in optimal waveform design, digital signal processing, radar network design and optimization, algorithm development and machine learning, and high-temporal/spatial resolution phased-array/dual-polarimetric observations of supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes. He has developed new techniques for designing and optimizing pulse compression waveforms for weather radar systems and has been funded under the auspices of the national MPAR/SENSR/PAR initiatives since 2008. Jim participated in both years of VORTEX2, coordinated the PX-1000 transportable radar during PECAN, and led OU ARRC's Spring convective field program from 2012-2015, in which he directed field operations of the Atmospheric Imaging Radar. He now studies applications of polarimetric, rapid-scanning, and phased-array weather radars to a plethora of meteorological topics. These include deep learning techniques for tornado detection and prediction, machine learning methods for detection and characterization chaff and sea clutter, design and optimization of both weather radar waveforms and networks, analysis of the impacts of WSR-88D VCPs on performance of severe weather warnings and MRMS QPE error, and adaptive beamforming for the NSSL ATD. Jim has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, NOAA Weather Programs Office, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Jim has served as Chair of the American Meteorological Society Local Chapter Affairs Committee, a member of the AMS Committee on Radar Meteorology, a member of the AMS Board on Outreach and Informal Education, an Associate Editor for AMS Monthly Weather Review, a member of the AMS Beacon's program, a member of the AMS Subcommittee on Membership, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a reviewer for various AMS, IEEE, AGU, and IET journals, as well as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation. He is the co-chair of the upcoming 2023 AMS Conference on Radar Meteorology. He has chaired multiple sessions and given invited presentations at the Annual AMS Student Conference, has served as a Track Chair and Program Area Lead at multiple IEEE Radar Conferences, and served as President of the Millersville University AMS chapter during back-to-back Student Chapter of the Year Awards in 2008 and 2009. Jim was awarded the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Early Career Technical Achievement award in 2022, the Tommy C. Craighead award for Best Paper in Radar Meteorology at OU in 2015, the OU School of Meteorology Director's Award for Outstanding Service to the Graduate Program in 2012, and won 1st Place for best graduate research in science at the University of Oklahoma, also in 2012. He has won awards for research presentations at the AMS Severe Local Storms, Environmental Information Processing Technologies, and Research to Operations conferences, as well as the International Symposium for Earth-Science Challenges.
Jim enjoys kayaking, biking, flight simulation, and sports. He is happily married to his wife Emily, a cell biologist, and has two daughters, Audra and Ella. Jim is also an avid photographer. He specializes in lightning photography and motion timelapse videography, but also takes photos of severe storms, clouds, and other natural phenomena. His work can be accessed here.