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Kyle Swanson

  • Dean, College of Sciences


Kyle Swanson, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Sciences at Metropolitan State University. Prior to joining Metropolitan State, he held the positions of Professor, Department Chair and Associate Dean in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He holds Bachelor's degrees in mathematics and physics, magna cum laude with honors, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and a Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago.

For two decades he has been engaged in theoretical and observational research on the fluid dynamic character of the atmosphere, emphasizing variability on time scales ranging from days to years. He also held a postdoctoral appointment at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ and was a NSF/NATO fellow at the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.

He is the author or coauthor of over 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles, appearing in such journals as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Physical Review Letters. He has given over 50 interviews and talks, including presentations at MIT, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, and the California Institute of Technology. At UW-Milwaukee, he was instrumental in the implementation of remedial mathematics reform at institutional scale, as well as integrating early college career experiences for STEM majors. For these and other activities, he was awarded the UW-Milwaukee Distinguished Faculty University Service Award in 2016.