Kirsten Orwig earned an M.S. in Atmospheric Science and PhD in Wind Science and Engineering from Texas Tech University where she was an NSF IGERT Fellow and a researcher studying thunderstorm, tornado, and hurricane winds. She served as a Senior Scientist at CPP, Inc., a wind engineering consulting firm in Fort Collins, where she focused on tornado risk assessment and modeling winds in complex terrain. She also served as a Systems Integration Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, providing statistical and meteorological expertise to more efficiently integrate wind and solar power onto the nation's electrical grid. She joined Swiss Re in 2013 as an Atmospheric Perils Specialist to lead atmospheric hazards risk assessment modeling and outreach.
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