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Kelvin K Droegemeier

Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Science and Policy


Kelvin K. Droegemeier is Professor of Atmospheric Science and Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Science and Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Droegemeier served as the Regent’s Professor of Meteorology, Weathernews Chair Emeritus, and Roger and Sherry Teigen Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where he had been a member of the faculty from 1985-2023. He previously served as the University of Oklahoma’s vice president for research from 2009 to 2018 and founded and served for five years as director of the Sasaki Institute, which fostered the development and application of knowledge, policy, and advanced technology for societal impact. He served as chair of the Association of Public and Land Grant University’s Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education (now the Council on Research) and is a fellow of both the American Meteorological Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Drogemeier’s federal science and policy leadership roles include serving on the National Science Board from 2004 to 2016, the last four years as vice chair, and directing the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2019 to 2021. Concurrent with his leadership of OSTP he also served as acting director of the National Science Foundation for two and a half months in 2020. At the state level, he was appointed to the Oklahoma Governor’s Science and Technology Council, serving from 2011 to 2019, and as Cabinet Secretary of Science and Technology from 2017 to 2019.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Climate, Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Recent Publications

Droegemeier, K. K. (2023). Demystifying the Academic Research Enterprise: Becoming a Successful Scholar in a Complex and Competitive Environment. MIT Press.

Buchsbaum, J. C., Jaffray, D. A., Ba, D., Borkon, L. L., Chalk, C., Chung, C., Coleman, M. A., Coleman, C. N., Diehn, M., Droegemeier, K. K., Enderling, H., Espey, M. G., Greenspan, E. J., Hartshorn, C. M., Hoang, T., Hsiao, H. T., Keppel, C., Moore, N. W., Prior, F., ... Willcox, K. E. (2022). Predictive Radiation Oncology - A New NCI-DOE Scientific Space and Community. Radiation Research, 197(4), 434-445.

Droegemeier, K. K., & Jacobs, N. A. (2022). Restructuring of U.S. Federal Coordination to Advance Meteorological Services. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 103(2), E230-E247.

Chilson, P. B., Bell, T. M., Brewster, K. A., De Azevedo, G. B. H., Carr, F. H., Carson, K., Doyle, W., Fiebrich, C. A., Greene, B. R., Grimsley, J. L., Kanneganti, S. T., Martin, J., Moore, A., Palmer, R. D., Pillar-Little, E. A., Salazar-Cerreno, J. L., Segales, A. R., Weber, M. E., Yeary, M., & Droegemeier, K. K. (2019). Moving towards a network of autonomous UAS atmospheric profiling stations for observations in the earth’s lower atmosphere: The 3D mesonet concept. Sensors (Switzerland), 19(12), Article 2720.

Xue, M., Kong, F., Thomas, K. W., Gao, J., Wang, Y., Brewster, K., & Droegemeier, K. K. (2013). Prediction of convective storms at convection-resolving 1 km resolution over continental united states with radar data assimilation: An example case of 26 May 2008 and precipitation forecasts from spring 2009. Advances in Meteorology, 2013, Article 259052.

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