Florida International University
International Hurricane Research Center
Erik is a Meteorologist and currently Associate Director of Visualization, Communication, Public Education, and Engagement for the International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC) and Extreme Events Institute (EEI), located on the campus of Florida International University in Miami. The goal of the EEI is to achieve research synergy across the social and behavioral sciences, physical sciences, computer science, public health, management, and engineering in the multi-hazard study of extreme events and responses to them. IHRC is a multi-disciplinary research and education organization focused on a single mission: to reduce hurricane damage and loss of life through more effective mitigation. The IHRC conducts research to lessen the dangers from hurricanes through studies involved with storm surge hazard and vulnerability, economic loss modeling and wind engineering, including the 12-Fan Wall of Wind. (http://www.ihrc.fiu.edu/)
The IHRC also collaborates with NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC), co-located on the FIU campus.
Erik has many years of experience as a broadcast meteorologist, providing live continuous coverage for hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding. He is currently freelancing for NBC6-TV in Miami and for WINK-TV in Fort Myers. Erik is also a partner with the StormZone education program.
Before IHRC, Erik worked at Miami based America's Emergency Network with Max Mayfield, former National Hurricane Center Director. AEN technology provided video streaming capability over the internet and via satellite.
Before AEN, Erik served as Project Coordinator for the non-profit Hurricane Warning at the Disaster Survival House, located in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The Hurricane Warning Education Program focused on hurricane and disaster mitigation, safety and preparedness. He also served as Hazard Mitigation Manager for the City of Deerfield Beach, was on the City’s Crisis Activation Team and participated in all activations of the emergency operations center.
Erik Salna is a Full Member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Erik received an Excellence in Media Award from the Press Club of Southeast Texas in 2004, a Bronze Telly Award in 1998 for creating a lightning safety video, the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference Media Award in 1994 and TV Broadcaster of the Year by the National Weather Association in 1989.
Erik earned a MS in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University and a BS in Physical Geography with an emphasis in Meteorology from the University of Illinois.