Current ATM Students
Two new students joined the department in the Fall of 2009 -
Joshua Brewer and Shawn Honomichl. They join current M.S. degree
students Kathleen Carroll, Jon
Meyer, Lisa Phillips, Phillip Stauffer, and Sikchya Upadhaya, and Mebratu Abessa
in the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences PhD program (atmospheric
Josh is from Stanwood, Washington. He received his
B.S. in Geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. During
a year of graduate study in Atmospheric Science at the
International Arctic Research Center, he was privileged to be an
observer on a NASA ARCTAS Mission to the North Pole and a
technical assistant for the IARC Summer School on the Modeling
of Arctic Climate in Fairbanks and Barrow. Josh will be working
to complete his degree under the direction of Dr. Bill Capehart.
Shawn is from Wagner,
South Dakota. He spent six years in the Air Force at Ellsworth
AFB working on Rockwell B1B Electronics and
Environmental Systems before coming to SDSMT in 2005. He
received his B.S. from SDSMT in Atmospheric Sciences/Meteorology
in 2009. Shawn was the recipient of the 2008 Nelson Fellowship
and a participant in the 2008 NCAR Leadership Workshop in
Boulder, CO. Shawn is a member and treasurer of the Black Hills
Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. During his last
two years as an undergrad, he worked as a Lab Technician in the
Dept of Atmospheric Sciences' Biogeochemistry Core Facility.
Shawn co-authored on the paper "Nature vs. Nurture" in
Geophysical Research Letters as a result of the work he has
done. He will be completing his thesis work on the A-10
storm penetrating aircraft project under the guidance of Dr.
Jonathan is from Greeley
Colorado. He received his B.S. degree in Meteorology with a
minor in mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado.
He was the recipient of the College of Natural and Health
Sciences Student Research Award and the Hunter Foundation
funding for presentation of student research at the 88th
Annual AMS meeting. He was a collaborator in several AGU and AMS
presentations on Red Sprites, and served as an intern with Dr.
Walter Lyons on Red Sprite research. He served as president of
the UNC chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
Lisa is from White Bear Lake, Minnesota. She received
her B.S. in Meteorology from Saint Cloud State University. Lisa
was an undergraduate research intern in an REU program in
Fairbanks, Alaska, working on a collaborative research project
related to global warming. She was co-author on a paper
published in Computing in Science and Engineering as a
result of this research. After graduation, Lisa was employed by
a private firm in Burnsville, MN, preparing weather forecasts
for a wide variety of clientele across the U.S. While at SDSM&T,
Lisa will be working under the direction of Dr. Mark Hjelmfelt.
Phillip is from Denver, Colorado. He received a B.S. degree in
Meteorology from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. While
pursuing his bachelor degree, he worked as a scientific data
analyst for Science and Technology Corp., a contractor for NOAA.
He has done research work on a field experiment in the Bahamas,
and completed analyses of infrasonic data on tornadoes, mountain
winds, and tropical cyclones. He was co-author on a paper
presented at the ISTP 2006 symposium. He was also the recipient
of the Colorado Scholarship in 2001 from Colorado Mountain
College. Phillip will be completing his graduate research work
under Dr Capehart.
Sikchya is a Master’s Degree student from Kathmandu,
Nepal. She received her B.S. in Science and an M.S. in
Meteorology from the Tribhuvan University in Nepal. Prior to
entering SDSMUT, Ms. Upadhayay has conducted research for the
Nepal Research and Education Network, EnvironmentNEPAL, Nepal
Water Conservation Foundation (NWCF), and also worked as a
part-time meteorological assistant at the Integrated Research
Application and Development (IRAD) in Kathmandu. She has also
served as a weather reporter for “Nepali Times”, was the
conference manager for the SCALLA2004 International Conference
in Kathmandu, and assisted in the translation of two books into
Nepali (“Fluid Mosaic” and “Human Choice and Climate Change”).
She attended the 22nd Postgraduate International
Course on “Groundwater Exploration, Water Resources Exploitation
and Conservation” in Israel. Sikchya is a life member of the
Society of Hydrology and Meteorology (SOHAM) and Women in
Science and Technology (WIST), both in Kathmandu, and a life
member of the International ‘Shalom’ Club of Israel. She has
published several research papers in her native country, and was
the recipient of several scholarships throughout her university
studies. While at SDSM&T, Sikchya will study and complete
research work under the guidance of Dr. P.V. Sundareshwar.
New AES Student – 2008
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
Mebratu comes to us from Ethiopia. He obtained his B.S. degree
in Meteorology from the Arba Minch University, Water Technology
Institute in Ethiopia, and his M.S. degree from the Abdus Salam
International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste,
Italy, majoring in earth system physics. He completed his thesis
under the direction of Professor Joseph Neimala in the Italian
Multidisciplinary Synchrotron Light Laboratory at the section
Fluid Dynamics and turbulence lab . While at Arba Minch he
taught studies in air pollution & atmospheric chemistry,
boundary layer meteorology, and cloud physics. Mebratu was the
recipient of scholarships from both the Emperor Haile Selassie
Memorial Scholarship and the Abdus Salam ICTP Scholarship. While
at SDSM&T, he will be continuing research under the direction of
Dr. P.V. Sundareshwar.
information about the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at SDSM&T,
please visit the website at: http://www.ias.sdsmt.edu/dept.