Success is in the Forecast for Embry-Riddle's Top Meteorology Student

A solid academic foundation and unparalleled practical experience have this Eagle ready to launch his dream career.

Senior Ryan Marando was named the Meteorology Student of the Year for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach Campus in March 2022. He was spotlighted in celebration of World Meteorological Day. (Embry-Riddle/Josh Asiaten)
Senior Ryan Marando was named the Meteorology Student of the Year for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach Campus in March 2022. He was spotlighted in celebration of World Meteorological Day. (Embry-Riddle/Josh Asiaten)

When it was time for Ryan Marando (’22) to pursue his passions in college, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University stood apart as the best place to blend his love of math, science and theater into a single profession: broadcast meteorology.

“I came to Embry-Riddle for a visit, and I was blown away by the support and foundation of the meteorology program,” said Marando, who was recently named the school’s 2022 Meteorology Student of the Year. “All the students, staff and program felt so connected and I was welcomed like I was already a student.”

“So, I decided to go with Embry-Riddle and I'm so thankful I did because this department is truly one of the best here.”

Marando’s journey toward his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology has seen more than a few milestones, not the least of which was his 2021 internship with the weather team at Spectrum News 13 in Orlando.

“Professor Rob Eicher works at News 13 as a freelance meteorologist and told me about the internship,” Marando said. “I got to work closely with all the on-air meteorologists helping them with their forecasts, social media posts and show prepping. While learning from the incredible meteorologists there, I got to craft my own on-air experience with practicing at their studio.”

Marando wrapped up his internship with a professional demo reel that showcases his on-air forecasting skills and will be a key part of his future job applications. There also was another benefit to getting the kind of hands-on experience that only Embry-Riddle can provide:

“It fortified what I wanted to do with my degree,” he said.

Marando’s education at Embry-Riddle has been enhanced by the “amazing” faculty and the camaraderie that exists with his fellow meteorology majors.

“There are only six [of us] and we all act as one like a ‘collective brain,’” Marando said. “All our core classes are together, and we work very hard. The meteorology class of 2022 is certainly one the meteorology department won't forget anytime soon.”

As far as his recognition as the school’s top meteorology student this year, Marando believes that honor also comes with responsibilities.

“It means not only staying on top of classes and academics, but also helping Embry-Riddle and the meteorology department,” he said.

He has served as a resident advisor since he was a sophomore, helped tutor students in the meteorology lab and is a teacher’s assistant for broadcast meteorology classes.

“I like doing these things as I feel like I'm giving back to the students in the same way the meteorology program gave to me,” Marando said. 

As he prepares for graduation, Marando can reflect on the many key lessons and valuable personal connections that will help carry him forward.

“The best work is done with incredible people,” he said. “My classmates and the faculty alike have both made this journey at ERAU such a fantastic one.

“I can't wait to see where life will lead me next.”