Kirsten Orwig

Title: Atmospheric Perils Specialist
Organization: Swiss Re

Bio:

Kirsten Orwig joined Swiss Re in 2013 as an Atmospheric Perils Specialist to lead atmospheric hazards risk assessment modeling and outreach. In her short tenure there, she has developed a new approach to tornado risk assessment modeling, served on the American Geophysical Union Natural Hazards Focus Group Executive Board and as Co-Chair of the Natural Hazards Focus Group Planning Committee, has had numerous speaking engagements on topics ranging from climate change and severe weather to catastrophe insurance, co-authored a publication on US Tornadoes: An Examination of the Past to Prepare for the Future, and more. Before joining Swiss Re,  she worked as a Systems Integration Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, leading modeling and forecasting research and public/private partnerships to more efficiently integrate wind and solar power onto the nation’s electrical grid. Prior to NREL, she served as Senior Scientist at CPP Inc., a wind engineering consulting firm in Fort Collins, CO, where she largely focused on modeling wind in complex terrain and tornado risk assessment. She earned a B.S. double-majoring in Chemistry and Physical Science, earned an M.S. in Atmospheric Science, and was awarded an NSF IGERT Fellowship to complete a PhD in Wind Science and Engineering, a multi-disciplinary program incorporating Statistics, Atmospheric Science, Economics, and Structural Engineering. Her research focused on the measurement and characterization of strong winds with implications for building design practices.