Luncheon Keynote | Lightning

Saturday, March 18
12 noon - 1:30 pm

An Electrical Engineer Studies Lightning

Dr. Martin Uman leads the University of Florida's International Center for Lightning Research and Testing where lightning is artificially initiated (triggered) from natural thunderstorms using the rocket-and-wire technique. He is generally acknowledged to be one of the world’s leading authorities on lightning. This talk will review his more than 50-year career on lightning research and, in particular, his work on the application of electromagnetic field theory to the description of various lightning processes. This work, in addition to providing a better understanding of lightning in general, has had a number of important practical spinoffs, the most notable being the redefinition of several important lightning characteristics relative to hazard protection and the development of locating instrumentation that became the basis for the U. S. National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN). 

 

Speaker:     
     

    Dr. Martin A. Uman

Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Florida


     

 

Dr. Martin A. Uman earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, the latter in 1961. For the next ten years, he first worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona and then as a Physicist Fellow at the Westinghouse Research Laboratories in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1971, Dr. Uman joined the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Florida as a full Professor. Since then, he has been the Director of the UF Lightning Research Laboratory, the part of which is involved in the artificial initiation (triggering) of lightning from natural thunderstorms. This laboratory was later renamed the UF International Center for Lightning Research and Testing. From 1991 to 2003, Dr. Uman was department chair, and, presently holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. Dr. Uman is generally acknowledged to be one of the world’s leading authorities on lightning. He has authored or co-authored five books on the subject of lightning (the latest in 2008) and a book on plasma physics. He has written seventeen book chapters and encyclopedia articles on lightning, and he has authored over 500 journal and conference publications.

Dr. Uman was the recipient of the 1996 IEEE Heinrich Hertz Medal, the 2001 AGU John Adam Fleming Medal, and the 2010 International Conference on Lightning Protection’s Karl Berger Award. He was named the Florida Scientist of the Year by the Florida Academy of Sciences for 1990 and the 1988-89 University of Florida Teacher-Scholar of the Year, the most prestigious UF faculty award. He is a Fellow of three professional organizations: the IEEE, the AGU, and the American Meteorological Society. Other awards include NASA’s 1992 and 1996 Group Achievement Awards to the Galileo Probe Spacecraft Team and three IEEE prize paper awards: the 2001 IEEE Power Engineering Society Surge Protective Devices Committee Prize Paper Award; the Electromagnetic Compatibility Society 1982 Transactions Prize Paper Award; and the Industry Applications Society, Industrial and Power Systems Department, 1994 Ralph H. Lee Prize Paper Award. 

     

 




 




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