Donor Spotlight

Chris Robbins

Chris Robbins grew up in Douglasville, Georgia. Like many meteorologists, he developed an interest in weather at a very young age. He was fascinated by the predictability of the atmosphere and winter weather in particular. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology in 1995 and master’s degree in 1998 from the University of Oklahoma. As an undergraduate, Chris worked at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and served as a team leader on Project VORTEX from 1994-95. Chris worked as a research assistant at NSSL during his graduate work, and began his career as a forecaster at the National Hurricane Center before transferring to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, Texas. He is now a private-sector meteorologist and owns iWeatherNet.

When Chris left for college in 1991, there were no undergraduate programs for meteorology or atmospheric science in Georgia, and he was pleased to see that there is now an option for students to work with leading atmospheric scientists at UGA. Private philanthropy makes a direct impact on our department’s ability to support our students, faculty, and donors. We thank Chris for investing in our students and creating the Chris Robbins Student Support Fund in Atmospheric Sciences!