Roni Avissar guiding UM's Rosenstiel School to new heights in atmospheric study by 'copter, new depths in oceanic study
The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has long been what new Dean Roni Avissar calls a "lighthouse" for research.
New to Miami after chairing Duke University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Avissar intends to keep the school shining, with plans for a state-of-the-art facility on the drawing board — one that will "strengthen an area of research that is going to allow us to understand and provide new knowledge in the field of hurricane forecasting and climate," he says.
And facilitating practical application of such research is a major priority. Dr. Avissar envisions a new "professional masters" program, offering students the opportunity to earn a graduate degree through a year of study and an internship in a related field, allowing a taste of the "real world."
On that wavelength, he hopes also to foster entrepreneurship among students, preparing them to launch their own businesses. "Creating the next generation of business owners and governmental applications and manpower is in fact an extremely important role for the city, and I think that we are really, really well positioned to do that," he says. From his Virginia Key office, Dr. Avissar shared his vision with Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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