Thomas Sieland

Professor and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Interim Department Chair, Security and Emergency Services
Department of Mathematics,Physical & Life Sciences
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Areas of Expertise

Weather, physics, mathematics, academic master

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Meteorology, Texas A&M University System : College Station
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Meteorology, University of Michigan System : Ann Arbor
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, Florida State University

Dr. Sieland enlisted in the Air Force in January 1960 and was trained as a Flight Simulator Technician, and served in that capacity from August 1960 to December 1965. During that six year period, he took night classes in order to complete two years of college and was then selected for the Airman Education and Commissioning Program. He attended Florida State University where he received his BS in Meteorology in December 1967. Upon being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force, Dr. Sieland was assigned to the weather unit at Fort Rucker, AL the home of Army Aviation Training, providing weather support to over 1,500 fixed and rotary wing aircraft training Army pilots. In 1970, Dr. Sieland enrolled at the University of Michigan where he received an MS in Meteorology in May 1971, followed by several months of Tropical Meteorology training at Chanute AFB, IL. He then spent a year supporting Air Force combat operations in Vietnam, including all combat missions employing laser-guided ordinance over North Vietnam from March to October 1972. From November of 1972 until December of 1975, Dr. Sieland was the Scientific Services Officer of the 15th Weather Squadron, providing scientific support to 21 geographically separated units around the US. In January 1976, Dr. Sieland enrolled at Texas A&M University where he received his PhD in Meteorology in August 1978, specializing in radar and severe storms. Dr. Sieland was then assigned to the Headquarters of Air Weather Service (AWS) where he was in charge of the program to develop the next generation of weather radar and served as Chairman of the Triagency (FAA, National Weather Service, and AWS) Committee responsible for the planning and programming for the current network of Doppler weather radar employed in the US. After attending Air Command and Staff College, Dr. Sieland was assigned to the Air Force Global Weather Central (AFGWC) where he was in charge of several software development sections primarily processing weather satellite data in support of military and special operations around the world. While at AFGWC, Dr. Sieland taught graduate meteorology courses for Creighton University. Dr. Sieland's next two assignments were as the Director of Operations of the 5th Weather Squadron at Ft. McPherson, GA which had the responsibility for all weather support to Army aviation in the US, and then as Commander of the weather units at Osan Air Base, Korea. Upon returning to the US, Dr. Sieland attended Air War College for a year and was then assigned as the 2nd Weather Squadron Commander and Staff Weather Officer to the Commander of Air Force Systems Command. The 2nd Weather Squadron units supported all space launch activities at Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center, and Vandenburg AFB and scientific support to the systems command laboratories developing the newest weapon systems for the Air Force. Dr. Sieland's last assignment in the Air Force was as Commander of AFGWC, a wing-level organization, which had the responsibility for weather support to all military operations around the world. After retiring in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Sieland began teaching for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an adjunct instructor for the Atlanta Center in January 1998 and eventually accepted a position as full time faculty member and Center Academic Advisor, which evolved into the position of Center Faculty Chair for one of the largest centers in the Extended Campus. Dr. Sieland is a member of Chi Epsilon Pi, a meteorology honorary society and Past President of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Meteorology Society.

Chi Epsilom Pi Meteorology Honor Society