The Meteorology Genius

Steven LazarusDr. Steven Lazarus is highly active in the study of atmospheric sciences. He has been involved in research with the creator of the Fujita Scale that measures tornado strength, as well as analysis of the weather at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Learn more about Dr. Lazarus in his Faculty Profile.

Research: Eye of the Storm

Eye of the StormFlorida Tech examines the performance of the National Hurricane Center Wind Speed Probability Forecast product to help the public make educated evacuation decisions!

Check out this research and more at Florida Tech's Research Portal!

Video: Feels Like Florida Tech

If you're interested in going to Florida Tech, you'll want to watch our new video to see just what it "feels like".

Top 150 U.S. University

Florida Institute of Technology is one of the top 150 universities in the United States, according to a new ranking from Times Higher Education, the respected London-based provider of data and analytics on higher education.

Our Location Makes us one of the Top Meteorology Schools

Most colleges that offer meteorology do not have our dynamic sub-tropical weather patterns, making us one of the great meteorology schools

The Florida Tech meteorology program boasts a close-knit educational community that offers students small classes, well-established professors and caring staff. As one of the top meteorology colleges, students benefit from the mentoring a more personalized learning environment provides, as well as the opportunity to work with faculty and local organizations on vital weather-related projects. Every year, professors assist high-achieving meteorology students in applying for scholarships from the American Meteorological Society.

Active Research Faculty Bring Their Knowledge into the Classroom

An experienced faculty is another reason why Florida Tech is considered one of the top meteorology colleges. As a meteorology student, you'll benefit from the integrated nature of Florida Tech's unique program. The Department of Ocean Engineering and Sciences faculty hold doctoral degrees in their fields. The faculty is a mix of environmental scientists, oceanographers, meteorologists and ocean engineers; they are all active in research, which allows them to stay current in their field and then bring that knowledge back to the classroom, and you.

Top-Notch Facilities for Top-Quality Students

To be considered among top meteorology colleges, a school needs top-notch facilities. Florida Tech delivers. Students have access to the National Weather Service site in Melbourne, Fla., and the USAF Launch support teams at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force station.

All College of Engineering students study and conduct research in the F.W. Olin Engineering Complex, a 68,500-square-foot facility furnished with 21st Century technology, specialized research and teaching laboratories and 145-seat auditorium. The four-acre oceanfront Vero Beach marine laboratory, the Ralph S. Evinrude Marine Operations Center and the Marine Geology and Geophysics Laboratory are more of what top meteorology colleges like Florida Tech provide.

Perfect Place to Study Weather ... thunderstorms, hurricanes and more

Our location is one of the reasons we are considered one of the top meteorology colleges. Florida has the perfect weather system for dynamic study. Florida is the lightning capital of the world, and the area experiences sub-tropical thunderstorms each year -- occurring 47% of the time there's precipitation. There is a probability of rain through the year with the most rain between late April and Early October. Students might also get a chance to study hurricanes as the region has often been in the path of a storm or its associated weather. (

Great Lifestyle

Located on the Space Coast, the Florida Tech campus is just minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon, and just a short drive away from NASA Kennedy Space Center and Central Florida attractions, such as Sea World, Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Students enjoy a wealth of local entertainment options as well as student clubs, intramural sports and social activities.

When it comes to top meteorology colleges, Florida Tech is an obvious choice.