Career

Career

Though fairly short, it has been chock full of experience.  I began my time at Weather Trends International in 2006 where I was thrust into the start-up world.  It was an experience that I am so very grateful for because of what I learned.  In the more detailed write up (here) I go into what I did at the company and what the company did for me.  Weather Trends allowed me to have time to develop fresh ideas on my own and present them for use with clients.  It also allowed me to interact with a diverse group of customers. After 4 years at Weather Trends I was given the opportunity to go in a completely different direction at First Solar Electric (detailed write up here) .  This again was a opportunity I could not pass up.  It allowed me to expand and stretch my understanding of the atmosphere into renewable energy.  Again, this experience was invaluable in my development as a meteorologist.  After almost 2 years with the company, the renewable energy landscape changed and 30% of the company needed to be laid off.  I was part of that 30%. After a short stint being supported by the government (USA! USA!), a colleague recommended that I apply to AvMet Applications Inc in Reston, Virginia.  After a short time, I accepted a position as a systems analyst and was put into a position at the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) in Warrenton.  It was another change in direction for me but allowed me to continue to see how much weather impact society.  More info on this position can  be...
Personal Life

Personal Life

Who is Dennis O’Donnell?  What does he like to do outside of work? These types of things are really difficult to write, I inevitably forget something important or overstate something else.  With that said, use this as a starting point before getting to know me, then ask questions to try to get to know who I am. Close relationships are incredibly important to me and I cherish being able to open up to people without fear of condemnation.  It’s these close relationships that have helped me through my education and career.  A close knit extended family has formed this need for close relationships as these relationships become similar to the relationship that I share with this family (what is a good synonym for relationship?).  Knowing what I want from others helps guide my own decisions, I try to live by the don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to yourself.  I also try to live by the don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to your sister.  🙂 I have been married since March 2010 and welcomed my first child in November 2012.  My wonderful wife Karen and I enjoy trying new foods and traveling anywhere we can afford.  Our honeymoon took us to Tahiti which was a wonderful experience.  By far the most beautiful place I have ever been, with the best food I’ve ever had as well.  We also like to camp with my sister and her family.  It gives us all a chance to bond without the distractions of modern society (mostly TV) and lets me bond with my niece and nephew. Sports are something...
Education

Education

Throughout my life I have been fortunate enough to take part in many research projects, travel the country, and even the world, but none of that would have been possible without a solid education.  Learning about a wide range of subjects, from history, chemistry, astronomy, and even about art has helped me become a much more rounded individual.  Curiosity has always been a trait of mine that I am proud of, this trait has its roots in my early childhood education.   Childhood Education My entire childhood school experience was through the Upper Merion Area School District.  This school district gave me an incredible foundation going into college at Millersville.  Upper Merion offered a wide range of subjects, the most influential being geography.  This is where the subject of meteorology was first experienced in 11th grade.  I had always found the weather interesting but never knew too much about the subject until Mr. Crooks taught it as a portion of the class.   I excelled in the course, even receiving the Upper Merion “geography award”  my senior year of High School.  This helped me in my search for colleges and even helped me receive a small, but meaningful, scholarship from the school district. College The fantastic teachers and cirriculum at Upper Merion brought me to Millersville University outside of Lancaster PA.  I did a thorough write up of my experience there on this page. Finally, after four wonderful years at Millersville, I moved on to graduate school at the University of Wyoming in Laramie Wyoming.  Again, I did a much more thorough description here.   Life after College Although I no longer receive grades of A,B or C, I truely believe...