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Steven A. Rutledge, PhD.


Professor Atmospheric Science

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-8283   Office: 220 Atmospheric Science Bldg.

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Climate Science

Areas of Interest

 Atmospheric electricityPrecipitation physicsRadar and mesoscale meterology


Professor Rutledge joined the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science in 1988 and served as the Department Head from July 1999 through December 2006. Prior to his arrival, he served on the academic faculty at Oregon State University. Professor Rutledge's research interests include mesoscale meteorology, cloud electricity, radar meteorology, and cloud physics. His current research focuses on the organization and structure of tropical convection, electrification processes in isolated convection and mesoscale convective systems, and the use of multi-parameter radar to infer hydrometeor distributions in clouds to estimate rainfall. Professor Rutledge's research group addresses a broad range of issues associated with convection and remote sensing, especially electricity within severe storms. He is also the Scientific Director of the CSU-CHILL National Radar Facility.