Dr. Mario Majcen

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences


  • Introduction to Earth Science
  • Synoptic Meteorology
  • Advanced Synoptic Meteorology
  • Mesoscale Meteorology

Professional Experience

  • 2005-present: Graduate Research Assistant; Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2003-2005: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Meteorology, University of Utah
  • 2002-2003: Computer Science and Technology Instructor, Croatian Armed Forces, Samobor, Croatia

Research Interests

Dr. Majcen's research focuses on storm scale weather phenomena like supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes. Most of his research involves analysis of Doppler radar observations and nontornadic supercell thunderstorms.


  • Majcen, M., P. Markowski, Y. Richardson, D. Dowell, and J. M. Wurman, 2008:  Multi-pass objective analyses of Doppler radar data.  J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 25, 1845-1858.

Extended Abstracts

  • Majcen, M., P. Markowski, Y.P. Richardson, and J. Wurman, 2006: A dual-Doppler analysis of a nontornadic supercell observed on 12 June 2004 using ground-based Doppler radars. Preprints, 23rd Conf. on Severe Local Storms, St. Louis, Mo., Amer. Meteor. Soc.
  • Majcen, M., P. Markowski, Y.P. Richardson, and J. Wurman, 2008: Dual-Doppler analyses of nontornadic supercells with mobile ground-based Doppler radars. Preprints, 24th Conf. on Severe Local Storms, Savannah, Ga., Amer. Meteor. Soc.


  • National Center for Atmospheric Research Advanced Study Program: The Challenge of Convective forecasting, 10-26 July 2006, Boulder, Colo.

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society, 2003-present

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Penn State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Centennial Graduate Research Award, 2006-2007
  • Penn State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Ann C. Wilson Graduate Research Award, 2005-2006
  • Chi Epsilon Pi (Meteorology Honor Society), 2005-present

Service Learning Projects

  • Penn State University, Graduate Student Association, Housing Committee, 2008-present
  • Penn State University, Department of Meteorology, Graduate Advisory Council, 2006-present
  • Penn State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Graduate Student Council, 2006-2007
  • Penn State University, Department of Meteorology, tutor for several meteorology undergraduate classes, including Synoptic Meteorology, Mesoscale Meteorology, 2006-2008
  • Penn State University, International Students Services Office, International Student Orientation Volunteer, 2007
  • University of Utah, International Center, International Student Ambassador, 2004-2005

In The Classroom

"Most of my classes are focused on weather and weather forecasting. Therefore, I try to incorporate as much of current weather events into my classes as possible. I try to teach students to learn scientific concepts and apply them in hands-on activities rather than a mere memorization of facts."

  • B.S.: Geophysics (meteorology and seismology), University of Zagreb, Croatia; thesis: "Mountain Lee Waves Over the Dinarids”
  • M.Sc.: Meteorology, University of Utah; thesis: "SALLJEX Forecast Experiments with a Global Variable Resolution Euler Model”
  • Ph.D.: Meteorology, Penn State University; thesis: "High Resolution Dual-Doppler Observations of the Low-level Wind Fields of Nontornadic Supercell Thunderstorms”

Email: majcen@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-5371

Office: Eberly Hall Room 233