Mike's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team Here, There & Everywhere

MIKE BIGGERSTAFF

Meteorology Professor
University of Oklahoma

“It's your life, so take the guidance and advice from other people, filter it heavily, and then apply it in a way that you can succeed.”

INTERESTS:

Education Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Family Negativity Education Fulfillment Support & Encouragement Passion Character Community Inspiration Self-Reflection Conflict Desire Determination Opportunity Hard Work

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

BIOGRAPHY:

  • At the age of five, he told his aunt and uncle, "I want to be a meteorologist. I want to study the weather."
  • Was an imaginative child; says he used to wish he could have a thunderstorm as a toy that he could just pull out of his pocket and play with.
  • Knew that he wanted to be a professor and do research, and in order to do that, he needed a Ph.D.
  • His parents hadn't had good college experiences-they said it was a waste of time-but he knew he had to ignore that and follow his own path.
  • Went to the University of Texas at Austin, then completed his Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.
  • His work focuses on cloud microphysics, electrification, and storm dynamics, which sometimes entails driving into storms and hurricanes to gather data.
  • Says he still has doubts as to whether he's smart enough or if he knows enough to do the research he wants to do.
  • But he realizes time and time again that there's always more to learn-you just need to push through self-doubt and believe in your own intelligence.

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