Brian Smoliak

Brian Smoliak

UW Alumnus | Atmospheric Sciences

I am a UW Alumnus (PhD '13, Atmospheric Sciences) currently employed as a Senior Atmospheric Scientist at WindLogics, Inc. in St. Paul, MN. Previously I was an Atmospheric Scientist at The Climate Corporation in Seattle, WA and a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. While a graduate student at UW, I served on the 3rd Graduate Climate Conference (2009) organizing committee, frequently presented outreach on behalf of the PCC, and served one year representing PCC graduate students on the PCC Board.

My thesis advisor was John "Mike" Wallace (Prof. Emeritus, Atmospheric Sciences). Together we worked on problems involved the large-scale general circulation, particularly its influence on surface climate on time scales of months to decades. I earned a Graduate Certificate in Climate Science through the PCC, culminating with a capstone project in collaboration with students and faculty from the Evans School of Public Affairs. It was during that project that I first became interested in applying climate science to agriculture. I enjoy connecting climate science to relevant environmental and social problems. I consider it my mission to explore the relationship between humanity and the Earth through our experience of its landscapes and weather.