Dr. Philip Durkee
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Naval Postgraduate School
Dr. Philip Durkee, Professor of Meteorology, was appointed the Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (GSEAS) on January 1, 2012. Prof. Durkee earned his B.S. in Physics with distinction in 1978 from the University of Minnesota, and his M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1984) at Colorado State University. He joined the NPS Meteorology Department upon graduating from CSU, and served as Meteorology Department Chairman from 2004-2011.
Prof. Durkee has been honored for teaching excellence and innovation. He received Teaching Recognition Awards in 1995 and 1999. In 2002 he received the Hamming Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. His research record has been recognized by receipt of the Menneken Award for Excellence in Scientific Research.
The detection of atmospheric particulates using satellite-based radiance measurements was the subject of Prof. Durkee’s Ph.D. Dissertation. This interest lead to numerous field experiments around the world including the Azores, Canary Islands, and Tasmania. In 1994, he led the Monterey Area Ship Track (MAST) experiment. This was the first comprehensive investigation of the impact of particulates from ocean going ships, and their effects on the brightness of overlying stratus clouds. More recently, Prof. Durkee and his graduate students have developed novel techniques that exploit shadows in imagery of the earth’s surface to estimate particulate concentrations in the sky above the scene.