Leon F. Osborne, Jr.
Professor Leon Osborne received his M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 and his B.S.in Physics from Utah State University in 1976. He has been on the faculty of the University of North Dakota since 1979 and currently is a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Director of the Regional Weather Information Center and the Surface Transportation Weather Research Center.
Mr. Osborne's research efforts include atmospheric data assimilation and the applications of mesoscale weather prediction modeling on surface related issues. He has also been the principal designer of the graduate and undergraduate curriculum in surface transportation weather within the atmospheric sciences degree program of the University of North Dakota (UND). This latter activity is presently the only focused academic atmospheric sciences curriculum for surface transportation in the U.S.
Numerical weather prediction, atmospheric data assimilation, surface transportation meteorology, adaptation of advanced spatial technologies for improved decision-making applications.