Deanna Hence


  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2011
  • M.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Washington, 2007
  • B.S. Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science, University of Michigan, Meteorology concentration, 2004

Deanna joined the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2014. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a post doc at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she studied tropical cyclones using the NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research aircraft during the NASA Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel (HS3) multi-year Earth Venture Mission.

Her research interests include tropical meteorology, tropical cyclones, orographic precipitation, remote sensing, mesoscale convective systems, radar meteorology, satellite meteorology, and hazardous weather.

Complimenting her scientific interests, she is passionate about science communication and policy as well as expanding scientific literacy amongst the public. She is looking forward to a career of bridging the gap between science and other human interests to help science be more relevant and useful to the greater good.

Research Areas

Courses Taught

  • ATMS 504 - Physical Meteorology
  • ATMS 410 - Radar Remote Sensing