Club Officers: 2016-2017 School Year

President: Kurtis Pinkney


Kurtis is a second-year graduate student pursuing his master’s in atmospheric sciences. He is currently working on understanding the kinematical and microphysical properties of multicellular convection as it nears lightning cessation under Dr. Larry Carey. He received his bachelors degree in atmospheric science from the University of North Dakota before beginning graduate school at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. During his time at UND he served as a secretary for the student AMS chapter. He is looking forward to the increased responsibility that comes with being President, as well as, the opportunity to have a positive impact on his fellow classmates and the community.

Vice President: Brianna Lund

Brianna Lund

Brianna is a second-year graduate student pursuing her master’s in atmospheric science. She is working under Dr. Kevin Knupp and examining factors involved in convective initiation for a case that took place during the Plains Elevated Convection At Night (PECAN) field campaign. Brianna is originally from south-central Minnesota where she received her B.S. in meteorology from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and graduated summa cum laude. During her time there, she was a member and officer of their local AMS/NWA chapter, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and SCSU’s University Honors Program. As an undergrad, she was involved with various research projects ranging from tropical cyclones to tornadoes. Brianna has a love for getting her hands “dirty” with instruments and being immersed within the inclement weather phenomena she has a passion for which has led her to being an enthusiastic participant in numerous field campaigns such as PECAN, VORTEX-SE, and TWIRL. When she’s not engrossed in the current weather, she enjoys playing the guitar and piano, song writing, soccer, friends, and solo car rides while blasting Green Day on the radio. Brianna is looking forward to aiding a successful continuation of the superb track record of this AMS chapter, but also the personal growth in regards to leadership ability she believes being an officer of this chapter will provide.

Treasurer: Sarah Fairman

Sarah Fairman

Sarah is a first-year graduate student working with Dr. Phillip Bitzer, comparing lightning with continuing current to optical emissions from space. Eventually, this research will use this comparison to allow detection of continuing current lightning strokes, which will point to areas where forest fires may have initiated. Sarah is from St. Louis, MO and received her undergraduate degree in Soil, Environmental, and Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in December of 2015. During her time at Mizzou, she was an active member of their student AMS/NWS chapter since day one and served as the club’s vice president her last full year. She is super excited to get more involved here at UAH and is always willing to help (or just chat!) with any new or current members. When not working on schoolwork or watching lightning, Sarah is probably watching hockey (Go Blues!), running, playing video games, or cuddling with her cat, Rupee.

Secretary: Cameron Kowalski


Cameron is currently a 2nd year graduate student researching meteorological mechanisms responsible for ozone transport in the boundary layer with the guidance of advisor Dr. Michael Newchurch. Transferring in as a sophomore in 2013 from Columbia State Community College, he immediately completed his research capstone by doing landslide susceptibility modeling in Santa Fe, Panama. Following this study abroad research program, he enrolled in UAH's Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) to get a head start on graduate course work. Cameron graduated with a B.S. in Earth System Science with a concentration in Atmospheric Science in May 2015. Having a passion for all types of atmospheric research and data collection, Cameron has participated and been an asset to the university during field campaigns such as Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) and Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast (VORTEX-SE). His passion studying with friends and approachability with fellow atmospheric science majors along with active involvement in the American Meteorological Society led him to his current role as secretary. In his free time Cameron enjoys gardening, socializing with peers about the weather or classes, and last but not least—raising pet ducks.

Webmaster: Brian Freitag

Brian Freitag

Brian is a PhD student who joined the UAH Atmospheric Science Department in the Fall of 2012. He is currently working on understanding the impacts of land heterogeneities on cloud properties and precipitation patterns through numerical modeling experiments with Dr. Nair. During his time at UAH, Brian has interned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory within the numerical modeling group and at Baron Services in the data management group. Outside of school, Brian enjoys food, family, and golf. This is Brian's first year serving as an AMS chapter officer and he is looking forward to help build upon the successes of previous years' officers and become a more integral part of the UAH and Huntsville communities as a whole.

Undergraduate Representative: Adam Clayton

Adam Clayton

Adam is a junior undergraduate Earth Systems Science major with a focus in atmospheric science. He is an orientation leader on campus and is affiliated with Greek life. He has also been heavily involved in leadership organizations including LEAP and BOLD and also with research operations at SWIRLL. Adam currently works in the RCEU program and is also a recipient of the NOAA Hollings Scholarship. Adam is the first person selected to the undergraduate representative position and is excited to incorporate more undergraduate participation into our group activities and outreach events.