Scientific Services Division
Western Region Headquarters
National Weather Service
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Utah
135 S 1460 E, Rm. 819 (WBB)
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Curriculum Vitae (CV): [PDF]
In May 2010 I began working as a SCEP intern at the National Weather Service (NWS) - Western Region Headquarters (WRH) in Salt Lake City, UT. More specifically, I work as a member of the Scientific Services Division (SSD), which seeks to "improve NWS services through the integration of science, data, and new technology into operations," among other things. My current work is focused on improving confidence regarding high-impact weather events.
Nearly a year earlier, in June 2009, I moved to Salt Lake City to attend graduate school in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah. My work initially focused on understanding recent shifts in the general circulation of the atmosphere. I defended my Master's thesis on that subject in October 2010, and have since been working towards a PhD. My research is currently focused on understanding large-scale atmospheric moisture transports, their interaction with complex topography, and their role in heavy precipitation events across the Intermountain West. This work is done under the supervision and guidance of my advisor, Jim Steenburgh.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in Earth Systems Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in May 2009. This was completed with a dual concentration in Meteorology and Climate Physics from the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences (AOSS) department. During my undergraduate career there, I was able to build upon a passion for understanding the atmosphere which began long ago, and which continues to this day.