Kevin Thiel is a Senior Geography-Meteorology Major and Mathematics Minor at Ohio University. He is from Urbana, Ohio, and graduated from Urbana High School in 2014. On campus, Kevin is an active member of the Ohio University Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, serving as the Hospitality Chair for the 6th Annual OU Meteorological Symposium his Freshman year, elected as the Outreach Chair his Sophomore year, and Chapter President his Junior year and Senior year.
Kevin also worked as the Webmaster for Scalia Lab his Junior year, and will continue to do so his Senior year. Currently, he maintains the lab's website, generates content for the social media pages, and produces forecasts in support of the Lead and General Forecasters. Kevin's vision for the website is to increase traffic with the addition and upgrade of products that benefit the residents of Southeast Ohio, and potentially upgrade the site for its growing number of mobile users.
Beyond campus, Kevin was selected as NOAA Hollings Scholar (Class of 2016), and will complete a ten-week research project at the National Weather Service office in Miami, Florida this summer, titled "Relating Multi-Radar/Multi-Senor(MRMS) and Dual-Polarization Products to Lightning and Thunderstorm Severity Potential". After graduating with his Bachelors in 2018, he would like to attend a graduate school, and is currently looking at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Texas Tech University, and the University of Oklahoma. His current interests invole research regarding atmospheric electrification within mesoscale convective systems and mesocyclones, along with operational meteorology and forecasting. One day, Kevin hopes to combine his passion for weather and education by becoming a professor at the university level, working with the National Weather Service, or as a researcher for NOAA.