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Derek Van Dam

Derek Van Dam, '05, is the chief meteorologist and head of weather in Cape Town, South Africa, including television stations eNCA, eTV and eNews Channel Africa. He double majored in meteorology and broadcast & cinematic arts at CMU.

"Having access to advanced technology allowed me to have an advantage in my field," says Derek. "The practical weather forecasting skills I acquired at CMU helped me adapt to a career in meteorology on another continent."

Derek encourages students in meteorology to balance their education with a healthy lifestyle.

"Your education and healthy lifestyle should coexist together," says Derek. "That and lots of coffee at Kaya Coffee House!"