Imperative V

Attract and inspire new generations of scientists, engineers and the general public to atmospheric science

The promotion of atmospheric science is crucial to inspire the development of the next generation of observational scientists and engineers, and is an institutional charge that is important to EOL. EOL’s commitment to both continuing and expanding the Laboratory’s portfolio of education and outreach (E&O) contributions is reflected in EOL’s Strategic Plan Imperative V. This Imperative aligns with NCAR’s goal to attract a diverse group of university students and early career scientists and engineers, and to provide exciting educational and professional opportunities. The EOL-managed LAOF, EOL’s mission and the Lab’s E&O activities and visitor programs offer excellent and unique opportunities for education and training for undergraduate and graduate students interested in observational meteorology, and the integration of traditional engineering fields with areas of science. These opportunities can also motivate students to pursue careers in observational meteorology.  EOL also strives to educate the public on the value of observational atmospheric science, through demonstrations of direct atmospheric measurements combined with explanations of what scientists learn from such observations.  

Students pursuing education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can be motivated to seek careers in observational meteorology through exposure to NSF LAOF, and EOL outreach activities. EOL can also help the public understand better the value of observational atmospheric science by demonstrating direct measurements of the atmosphere and explaining what scientists learn from these observations. The mechanisms EOL provides to support and inspire undergraduates and graduates, high school students, teachers, and faculty will ensure the field of atmospheric science remains vibrant well into the future. 

 

ORCAS outreach activities

ORCAS outreach activities included two graduate students helping with flight planning and participating in a flight, and a Google Hangout for several undergraduate classes.  The Chilean Minister for the Environment also visited with others involved in setting Chilean climate policy.

 

SUPER

EOL hosted four Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research (SUPER) interns in FY 2016. While at EOL, these interns helped develop new instrumentation and software and improve EOL’s existing suite of NSF/NCAR LAOF.  Matthew Daily worked with Stuart Beaton in RAF to create an object-oriented and networked software framework for command and control operation of the Giant Nuclei Impactor (GNI) Analyzer imaging and analysis instrument. Nicholas DeCicco worked with Janine Aquino in RAF on developing software to convert legacy data to modern formats. Joseph Ronsivalle worked with John Sobtzak in ISF to test, verify and document performance of electronic components for the Mobile 449 MHz profiler system.  Julian Claudio worked with Jim Ranson in DFS to document, redesign and create engineering drawings of the NCAR balloon borne replicator instrument for use in fabricating such instruments.

 

TIP

Two Technical Internship Program (TIP) mechanic interns, Tyler Weyrich and Steven Blackman, work at RAF during FY 2016. They received hands-on experience from RAF’s Flight Operations group on a variety of aircraft maintenance tasks, learning how aviation can be used as part of a larger science objective.

 

SEGUE

In FY 2016, the Synergistic Environments in Graduate and Undergraduate Education (SEGUE) in Atmospheric Instrumentation and Measurement Training proposal was recommended for funding. This collaborative proposal with UCAR/COMET and Millersville University aims to design, develop, and openly distribute a series of interactive, multimedia, and online modules. These modules are intended to be easily and effectively integrated into courses on instrumentation, measurement, and observing systems to supplement traditional teaching methods and enhance blended instruction.