UM Rosenstiel School professor named Fellow of American Meteorological Society

February 24, 2010

University of Miami Professor, Bruce Albrecht, Ph.D., has been named one of 29 new Fellows of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the nation's leading professional society for scientists in the atmospheric and related sciences. Dr. Albrecht teaches meteorology and physical oceanography at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

The honor of Fellow is given to an individual for recognition of outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences, or their applications, during a substantial period of years. Only two-tenths of one percent of membership is approved as Fellow each year.

"We are extremely proud to have Dr. Bruce Albrecht chosen from a select group of talented researchers by the American Meteorological Society--one of the nation's most esteemed scientific organizations," said Dr. Roni Avissar, Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. "This accolade recognizes his influential contributions to science and supports the Rosenstiel School's mission to continue to offer world-class research."

Dr. Albrecht's research interests include atmospheric convection, boundary layer structure and clouds, aircraft turbulence and microphysics measurements, and surface-based remote sensing of clouds. Over the past ten years, his research team has developed and operated a 94 GHz Doppler radar and has implemented innovative techniques for exploring the macroscopic, microphysical and dynamical characteristics of clouds and precipitation using this system.

Dr. Albrecht joined UM in 1995 and served as Chair of the Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography in 2000-2003. He was previously on the faculty of the department of meteorology at Penn State from 1977-1995. Dr. Albrecht received his Ph.D. in 1977 from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Colorado State University.

A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Albrecht has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and serves as an editor of the Journal of Atmospheric Science (2009-present). He also co-authored the textbook Atmospheric Thermodynamics with Dr. Craig Bohren.

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Albrecht has served on a numerous prestigious advisory panels and committees and has received several notable awards, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University in 2006 and NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1992.
About the American Meteorological Society

Founded in 1919, the AMS has a membership of more than 12,000 professionals, professors, students, and weather enthusiasts. AMS publishes nine atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic journals, sponsors multiple conferences annually, and directs numerous education and outreach programs and services. For more information see

About the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School

The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940's, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

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