Lourdes B. Avilés
Program Coordinator B.S. Meteorology, Professor of Meteorology
BS, MS, University of Puerto Rico; PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
About Professor Avilés
Dr. Lourdes B. Avilés received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences form the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her areas of expertise include historical, physical, dynamical, and tropical meteorology, as well as air quality, interdisciplinary connections of meteorological phenomena, and public communication about severe weather science and safety.
She currently teaches both undergraduate courses for the B.S. in Meteorology and the general education program, and graduate courses for the M.S. in Applied Meteorology. She is currently the chair of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) History Committee and the AMS liaison to the American Institute (AIP) of Physics History Committee, and has served as member or liaison of several other national boards and committees in the field, such as the AMS Board on Higher Education, AMS Board of Women and Minorities, and represents Plymouth State University at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), where she has served as part of the membership and nominating committees. She currently conducts research on historical meteorology. She has published a book about the science and history of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 and is currently working on books on the science and history of atmospheric optics and Caribbean hurricanes. She has also been involved in research on tropical cyclone formation from African easterly waves, air quality forecasting methods and the in the development of AMS curricular guidelines for undergraduate atmospheric science and meteorology programs.
Dr. Avilés currently serves as the program coordinator for the B.S. in Meteorology.