“It all started in 2004, a tornado hit my high school and I was always kind of interested in weather but I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career, I was kind of leaning towards engineering and then I decided maybe this weather thing is really cool,”
After high school, Gensini went on to Illinios community college in LaSalle and got his Associates degree after two years.
“After two years, I started researching schools for meteorology and at the time, the best program was at NIU,” Gensini said. “I did my bachelor’s degree and stayed there to complete my master’s degree,” Gensini said.
Gensini said that he didn’t know what or where he wanted to go after NIU and said that he was really poor but but decided to get a PhD at the University of Georgia.
“Once I finish my dissertation and then I’ll have my doctorate, so technically I’m still a student at Georgia,” Gensini said.
Last year, Gensini and a few of his colleagues from Georgia started up a Facebook page to try to find objects blown away from the tornadoes on April 27, 2011 and see where they landed.
The farthest object found was a piece of paper that was flown 353 Km from Alabama to Kentucky.
The American Meteorological Society will be publishing their findings in their monthly journal next month and they have already released a pre-print article on their website.
The article will feature their scientific conclusions and a few stories of people’s belongings being returned to them like a sign from a high school football field.
Now Gensini teaches full time in the ESAS courses for Meteorology and he said he loves it.
“I enjoy anything weather related, if there is ever a weather related question I want to answer it,” Gensini said. “I’ve loved meteorology, ever since high school.”
According to Gensini, the best thing about teaching students about meteorology is the goal to get more people interested in science and math.
“The weather can be a very complex and hard to understand in terms of trying to explain to people so I try to break it down to the lowest common denominator,” Gensini said. “We’re losing more and more students out of science and math and I try to make that not the case in meteorology.”
Gensini said the future he expects is more teaching and a bigger student enrollment in the meteorology department.
“I look forward to building our program and I think this is the first time we’ve had two full time faculty members, previously since 1980 Paul has been the only one,” Gensini said.
For more information on Gensini, check out his blog by logging onto Dryline19.blogspot.com or order an issue of BAMS at Journals.ametsoc.org