Professional CV: Tim M. Samaras

Principle Engineer
Group Leader, Applied Science and Instrumentation
Assistant Division Manager


– Instrumentation development
– Optics
– Field coordinator for atmospheric research with a focus for tornado dynamics measurements
– Ultra high-speed photo instrumentation
– Energetic materials research


Applied Research Associates, Inc., Rocky Mountain Division
June 1996 to present date
Principal Engineer

Denver Research Institute, University of Denver
1978 to 1996
Staff Engineer


#5922948: Thermal imaging system for internal combustion Engines

Patents Applied (or applying) For:

A new 3-dimensional windspeed measurement

Honors and Recognitions

ARA Technical Achievement Award (2001)
NTSB special recognition award for outstanding performance on the TWA flight 800 crash investigation (2001)
Selected National Geographic Society ‘Emerging Explorer’ (2005)
Selected National Geographic Society Speakers Bureau (2007)
Invited Speaker, Chicago Field Museum (2006)
National Geographic Society Jason Project, host researcher: “Monster Storms’

Media Recognition

Lead Story, National Geographic Magazine, April, 2004
Story, National Geographic Magazine, May, 2005
Television program National Geographic Ultimate Explorer: ‘Into the Tornado’
Television program National Geographic Explorer: ‘Secrets of the Tornado’


American Meteorological Society

Selected Publications

T. M. Samaras, J.J. Lee, “Pressure measurements Within a Large Tornado”, AMS Conference Proceedings (2003)

J. Wurman, T. Samaras, “Comparison of in-situ pressure observations and DOW Doppler wind in a tornado, Proceedings 22nd Conference on Severe Local Storms, Hyannis, MA, American Meteorological Society, (2004).

J. Lee, T. Samaras, C. Young, “Pressure Measurements at the ground in an F-4 Tornado” Proceedings 22nd Conference on Severe Local Storms, Hyannis, MA, American Meteorolocial Society, (2004).

T. Samaras, C. Young, , “In-Situ Photogrammetric Analysis of the June 11, 2004 Tornado near Storm Lake, Iowa” Proceedings, 23rd Conference on Severe Local Storms, St. Louis, MO, American Meteorological Society, (2006).

J.E. Shepherd, J. C. Krok, J.J. Lee, L.L. Brown, R.T. Lynch, T.M. Samaras “Results of ¼-Scale Experiments, Vapor Simulant and Liquite Jet A Tests” Final Report submitted to NTSB (2000)