To hear Ari Brown speak and to observe his demeanor, it is obvious that he would fare well as a television meteorologist. As an atmospheric sciences and meteorology major it’s a statement he has heard many times before. Despite what he sees as being a huge compliment, he admits it’s just not the route he wants to take. For Brown it’s all about research.
“I eventually plan to get my Ph.D. in meteorology and conduct research regarding severe weather and extreme weather phenomena, and ultimately work in severe weather research,” he said.
While Brown said watching meteorologists on television as a child contributed to his interest, it was the extensive coverage and conditions associated with Hurricane Katrina that really piqued his interest. Barely eight years old at the time of the catastrophe, he found every aspect of it intriguing and motivating. From that point forward he had a plan to learn about extreme weather and use the knowledge he gained to better inform, educate and prepare others.
“I’ve discovered there is a disconnect between what meteorologists have to say about complicated weather versus what people actually understand,” he said. “My dream job would be to work for the National Severe Storms laboratory. I want to conduct deep research on these extreme phenomena and effective warning procedures, and how the entire community can better communicate and better protect against risks to life and property.”
Accordingly, Brown says his experiences that involve helping others accomplish something, grow or change are the most fulfilling. As a freshman he’s barely gotten into the meat of his major, but signs of his desire to lead and help others are already showing up. While A&T’s atmospheric sciences program is fairly new he has been about the business of organizing the university’s meteorology club along with a few other students. True to his natural research inclinations, he has taken the lead on ensuring the club becomes affiliated with national organizations like the American Meteorological Society and The National Weather Association as well as building bridges with local contacts and resources.
“I enjoy leading. If I’m in a situation where something needs to happen and people are trying to accomplish a task I like to step up,” he said. “I can humbly say that I’m generally well-liked and considered to be a ‘people person’. I’m going into a field where people are stereotypically not open.”
Brown knows that he has a long way to go, and is already studying the research and actions of those who are in the field doing what he has his sights set on because he simply can’t wait to dig into the “nuts and bolts of things.”