A recent graduate of Millersville University’s renowned Meteorology Undergraduate program, Daniel Berndt is in his first year of study in the MSEM Graduate program. Brought onboard initially as a Research Assistant, Daniel has worked alongside Drs. Yalda and Hagelgans in numerous projects as an undergrad, such as the ongoing StormReady certification by the NWS and updates to the university’s Emergency Operations Plan. Beginning in the fall semester of 2014, Daniel will step up to a full-time Graduate Assistant and will also fulfill the role of Program Manager in the highly-successful Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training held on campus each semester since 2011. Additionally, in the Millersville Student Chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Daniel has recently accepted the position of President in the organization, rounding off a list of achievements only possible to do the outstanding nature of the MSEM program and faculty who manage it.
Since Daniel was old enough to walk, his passion has been held by the weather. Coincidentally enough, he learned how to read by watching The Weather Channel’s Local on the 8’s, getting frustrated only when the text moved to quickly to read at his young age. Fast forward over a decade and Daniel sought to pursue his dreams and enrolled at Millersville University working toward his Bachelors of Science Degree in Meteorology. While at MU, he spent his time in numerous organizations such as the student chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the Marauder Men’s Glee Club (MMGC), and University Christian Fellowship (UCF). In fact, thanks to a partnership with UCF and the locally-based Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), Daniel had a tremendous opportunity to assist in the rebuilding efforts in the tornado-scarred towns of Joplin, Missouri and Birmingham, Alabama. It is a direct result of these mission trips that Daniel felt called to further his studies in the MSEM program at Millersville stating, “Seeing the incredible damage from these storms and equally helping rebuild someone’s home was enough to convince me of what I needed to do, that’s helping others, and this unique hybridization between Meteorology and Emergency Management is the key.”