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Alicia Klees

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Contact Information

1301 West Green Street
M/C 104
Urbana, IL 61801
Teaching Assistant Professor
Faculty Online Program Coordinator


Prior to joining the Department of Atmospheric Sciences in August 2020, I earned my B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in meteorology from Penn State University.   Here at UIUC, my primary responsibilities are running our online graduate certificate and Master's degree programs in weather and climate risk & data analytics, teaching two courses for these programs, and advising our online students.

When I'm not busy teaching or advising, I am spinning up research on how to help students more effectively learn how to statistically analyze multidimensional weather and climate data.  I also really enjoy mentoring undergraduate students on research projects--email me if you're interested in doing a project for Fall 2024 or beyond!  Types of projects I have already, or am happy to, mentor undergraduate students in include, but are not limited to:

  • studies at the intersection of social science and severe weather - e.g., surveying UIUC students on responses to severe weather events
  • observational studies of high-impact weather phenomena

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, dancing (hip-hop & Latin), and playing the cello!


  • Ph.D. in Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2020
  • M.S. in Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  • B.S. in Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012

Awards and Honors

UIUC's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students:  Spring '21, Spring '22, Fall '22, Fall '23 (ATMS 517);  Fall '22 & Fall '23 (ATMS 520)

Penn State Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences' Special Award for Teaching Support: 2017

Courses Taught

ATMS 517: Data Science in the Geosciences (Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024)

ATMS 520: Weather and Climate Phenomena and Hazards (Fall 2022, Fall 2023)

ATMS 314:  Mesoscale Dynamics (Spring 2023, Spring 2024)

Additional Campus Affiliations

Faculty Affiliate, Informatics