Thomas A. Seliga
Consulting Electrical/ElectronicsEngineer and Atmospheric Scientist
Friday, April 18 - 8:00 p.m.
AB Ballroom, The Nittany Lion Inn
University Park, PA Weather Radar Dual Polarization
Penn State’s Ionosphere
Thomas A. Seliga is a Consulting Electrical/Electronics Engineer and Atmospheric Scientist, specializing in related areas of remote sensing and systems, aviation systems, surface transportation systems and ionospheric wave propagation.Prior to retiring in 2010, he served as an electronics engineer with the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Division of the USDOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA, with involvement of studies and support of operational weather sensors and systems for the Federal Aviation Administration as well as contributions to airport surveillance systems.
Most of Tomís career was spent in academe with a variety of positions at Penn State University, Ohio State University, The University of Washington and the University of Toledo as well as Program Director for Aeronomy at NSF and short-term positions at The National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Weather Service and the Italian National Research Councilís Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. His research and teaching interest cover a wide range of topics, incorporating subjects related to electromagnetic wave propagation and scattering in ionized and non-ionized media, atmospheric studies on air pollution, surface surveillance radar techniques for aviation, and airport weather sensors and systems.
The Russian Radiophysical Research Institute has credited Tom with recognizing the possibility of creating artificial periodic inhomogeneities of the ionospheric plasma that helped lead to a new method of experimentation now performed in ionospheric heating facilities throughout the world.
He was the main force in developing the dual polarization concepts that have revolutionized the field of radar meteorology. Recently his investigation have turned to weather-related issues.