I am the Assistant Director for NOAA Relations and a Senior Research Scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) and a faculty member of the Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) at the University of Oklahoma (OU), where I am affiliated with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL).
My background is in electrical engineering, and I have over 19 years of experience in the field of weather radar signal processing. I am the leader of the Advanced Radar Techniques (ART) team within the Radar Research and Development Division at NSSL where I work on:
The National Weather Radar Testbed (NWRT) is maintained and operated by NOAA's National Severe Storm Laboratory in Norman, OK. It is a phased array radar (PAR) that was established to evaluate the potential to perform aircraft and weather surveillance with a single, multifunction radar. The NWRT PAR is also being used to demonstrate advanced weather-surveillance concepts that are well suited to the unique capabilities offered by phased arrays.
IEEE Proceedings: Special Issue on Phased Array Technologies
The March 2016 Special Issue of the Proceedings of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) features our pioneering work on the NWRT PAR. The editor introduces our work by saying "Much of the promise of MPAR is grounded in the work of Torres et al., who describe how the National Weather Radar Testbed, which is based on a decommissioned SPY-1 phased array radar, is bringing new perspectives to weather tracking and prediction."
The capabilities of the NWRT PAR described in this paper enable the radar to perform simultaneous weather- and aircraft-surveillance functions. Still, achieving multifunction while meeting all mission requirements remains one of the major challenges in the design of an MPAR system.
Please follow the link below to read our paper.
In the context of collaboration between NSSL and the UK Met Office, I spent one week in Exeter working with UK Met Office scientists and engineers on their operational implementation of the CLEAN-AP filter.
I had the honor of presenting at the first NSSL 'Gab at the Lab'. In addition to improving the understanding of activities ongoing at NSSL and restoring/enhancing a sense of community, ’Gab at the Lab’ meetings provide opportunities to develop public-speaking skills and to practice explaining one’s work at a layperson’s level.
The Spring 2014 software release on the NWRT PAR is now operational. This new release enables multifunction capabilities and adds new signal processing and adaptive scanning functionalities.