Dr. Pamela Heinselman is a research scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma, with over 20 years of experience in the areas of weather radar, severe storms, and warning and forecast applications. Currently, she is exploring impacts of rapid-scanning phased array radar on 1) the scientific understanding of storms that produce hazardous wind gusts, hail, or tornadoes and 2) the warning performance of National Weather Service forecasters in a pseudo-operational environment.
Dr. Heinselman is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, where she advises graduate students. Additionally, she serves as an Editor for the American Meteorological Society’s journal, Monthly Weather Review.
In 2010 Dr. Heinselman received two prestigious awards commending her phased array radar-related research. In January 2010, she received the White House Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Later, in September 2010, Heinselman and co-authors were winners of the 22nd Professor Dr. Vilho Vaisla Award for their paper “Rapid sampling of severe storms by the National Weather Radar Testbed phased array radar,” published in the Weather and Forecasting journal. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association, and Sigma Xi.