FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Workshop 2011

FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Workshop 2011



FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Workshop 2011 - Participants

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Bill Kuo
Hi, my name is Bill Kuo. I graduated from the National Taiwan University in 1976, got my M.S. degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1979, and received my Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1983. I have been working at NCAR/UCAR since then. I am a senior scientist at NCAR, serving as the Head of the Mesoscale Prediction Group of the Microscale and Mesoscale Meteorology Division. Our group, which consist of ~20 staff, is responsible for the development and research applications of the MM5 model and the WRF model. I am also the Director of the COSMIC Program (Constellation Observing Systems for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate) at UCAR. COSMIC consists of a constellation of six satellites and was launched on April 14, 2006. The constellation collects up to approximately 2,500 GPS radio occultation soundings per day, uniformly distributed around the globe. This is an exciting project, as COSMIC has already had a significant impact on operational weather prediction, climate analysis, and ionospheric research. Starting in April 2009, I also serve as the Director of Development Testbed Center, which has the primary responsibility to facilitate research and operation transition for numerical weather prediction in the U. S. My research interests include: Mei-yu (Chinese words for "plum rain") fronts, hurricanes, extratropical cyclones, mesoscale convective systems, mesoscale numerical weather prediction, and assimilation of remote sensing observations. In 1987, I served as the US Project Director for the Taiwan Area Mesoscale Experiment. In that experiment, we brought NOAA research aircraft and NCAR Doppler radar to Taiwan to study the Mei-yu front and mesoscale convective systems. Since then, I have developed many collaborative research projects with scientists in Taiwan, China, and Korea.

Shu-peng (Ben) Ho
Hi, my name is Ben Ho. I grew up in Taiwan, and received my B.S. degree in Computer Science from the Feng Chia University in 1987. I received my master's degree in Meteorology from Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey in 1992, and another master's degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995, I also received my Ph. D in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. After graduate school, I worked for NASA Langley Center on the CERES (Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System) project in 1998. I came to NCAR in 2001. Now I am a project scientist II for COSMIC (Constellation Observing Systems for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate) at UCAR and for Atmospheric Chemistry Division at NCAR. My research area is mainly focused on using satellite data (especially GPS RO data from COSMIC); measurements from satellite sounders; and imagers to estimate the variation of temperature, moisture and cloud properties and their impacts on climate change.

Dawn Williams
Hello, all! My name is Dawn Williams and I am an Administrative Assistant for the COSMIC Program at UCAR. I received a B.A. in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the COSMIC Program, I worked in administration with an environmental consulting firm in Boulder, CO, as an executive assistant at the Open Society Institute in Baltimore, MD, and as a Stage Manager for various professional theaters. Outside of the office, I enjoy traveling and knitting.

Ingrid Moore
Hello. My name is Ingrid Moore and I am the Program Administrator for the COSMIC Program at UCAR. I have a B.S. in Biological Sciences/Physiology from Southern Illinois University, but I don't want to reveal the year! I have proudly worked at UCAR/NCAR since 1996 and with the COSMIC Program since 1998. I love working with the scientists at UCAR and feel privileged to be a part of this exciting project. In my spare time, I enjoy family, gardening, quilting, reading, and hiking.



Vanessa Almanza
Greetings! My name is Vanessa Almanza and I am currently a junior at San Francisco State University majoring in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science: Concentration in Meteorology. My interest in COSMIC began my sophomore year when I started collecting soundings over Cuba for my professor. During my first year at UCAR as a SOARS protege I worked with ground-based GPS data to better understand precipitable water vapor fields over Taiwan during Typhoon Morakot and compared it with the Advanced Weather Forecast Model. My long term goal is to become more familiar with COSMIC, ground-based GPS and other remote sensing equipment and techniques such as LiDAR and their applications in atmospheric science. I plan on pursuing a doctoral degree as a research assistant specializing in modeling and remote sensing. Whereever I am at in life I enjoy the outdoors, eating, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Elliot Barlow
Hi, my name is Elliot Barlow, and I am currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I received a B.A. in English from Reed College in 2002, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2009. My research currently focuses on using GPS radio occultation data to detect atmospheric turbulence. In my spare time, I enjoy live music, literature, and video games. I look forward to the opportunity to visit Taiwan and the chance to put my years of studying Chinese to use.

Brian Murphy
Hello, my name is Brian Murphy. I am a first year graduate student in the PhD program of the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences department at Purdue University. I am currently involved in research using airborne radio occultation data collected this past summer during the PRE-Depression Investigation of Cloud-systems in the Tropics (PREDICT) experiment and I am looking forward to attending the COSMIC student workshop. My undergraduate degree is in physics from Hanover College (IN) and I have a MS in physics from Purdue. Before returning to school this fall, I have been teaching math and physics for the past several years at a two-year community college.

Stephen Nicholls
Greetings, all! I am Stephen Nicholls, a 3rd year PhD student in Atmospheric Science attending Rutgers University in New Jersey. I have earned a B.S. in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2005. In 2008, I earned a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the State University of New York at Albany. My present work focuses on determining the sensitivity of Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model simulations of intense, mid-latitude cyclones (i.e., nor'easters) to both dynamic ocean model coupling and to cycled data assimilation of COSMIC radio occultation data. Outside of research, I enjoy biking, hiking, reading, travelling, and practicing the art of Aikido. I very much look forward to this workshop for the opportunity it provides to learn more about COSMIC, to exchange ideas, to make both friends and contacts, and to learn about Taiwanese culture.

Nick Pedatella
Hi, my name is Nick Pedatella. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. I received my undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. My current research involves the vertical propagation of waves from the lower atmosphere and their influence on the ionosphere. I have used a variety of observational techniques, including COSMIC observations, and numerical models to study this connection.

Diamilet Pérez-Betancourt
Hola everyone! My name is Diamilet Pérez-Betancourt and I am currently a senior undergraduate student at University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM). I am a Theoretical Physics major with a minor in Atmospheric Science and Meteorology. I am also a second year SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science program) protege. As part of my first research project at UCAR, I used GPS dropsonde data to study the influence of environmental vertical wind shear on hurricane eye formation. I am excited to learn more about how COSMIC GPS RO data could complement my project. Outside of classes, I participate in the American Meteorological Society UPRM Student Chapter activities, and give weather briefings to the community through a local radio station. My next career goal is to continue into graduate studies in Tropical Meteorology. I would love to fly in a hurricane hunter and do more research to help unravel the mysteries of tropical cyclones. Finally, in my free time I enjoy photography, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family.

Keren Rosado
Hello! My name is Keren Rosado. I am currently finishing my master's degree in Meteorology at Florida Institute of Technology. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Sacred Heart University, Puerto Rico, in May 2007. I am currently working on my thesis using the COSMIC GPS Radio Occultation data to analyze and understand tropical cyclone genesis in the west coast of Africa.

Rashmi Shah
Hi, my name is Rashmi Shah and I am currently a Ph.D. student at Purdue University in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. My research focuses primarily on measuring ocean parameters using signals of opportunity like digital communication signals and GNSS signals in bistatic radar configuration. I received my undergraduate degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and my Masters degree from Purdue University in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Outside for work, I am a dancer and a beginner photographer. I look forward to meeting you all in Taipei.

Zack Valdez
Hi, my name is Zack Valdez. I recently graduated from St. Mary's University with a double B.S. in Applied Physics and Engineering Science and plan to attend Baylor in the fall of 2011 to study Environmental Science. My research focuses primarily on studying the Long Range Transport of Mercury from Asia and using back track modeling to determine specific locations of this global form of pollution which was collected atop Steamboat Springs at the Storm Peak Lab with the GRASP program. Outside of work I enjoy running, reading, soccer, dancing, and music.

Mark Waylonis
Hello! My name is Mark Waylonis. I received my B.S. degree in Applied Physics from the University of California Davis, and am continuing my graduate studies here at Davis in the department of Atmospheric Science. I am a currently a first year PhD student. My research interests include development of numerical weather prediction models, and the impacts of dust on mesoscale dynamics. My current research examines the impact of the Saharan Air Layer on tropical cyclone activity. In my free time I like to play tennis and cook.