Congratulations to Drs. Stefan Cecelski, Guo-Yuan Lien, and John Yorks on successfully defending their PhD dissertations!
Under the advisement of Da-lin Zhang, Eugenia Kalnay, and Russ Dickerson, respectively, these young men have completed a crucial step in their already flourishing careers as atmospheric scientists. After graduation:
Stefan will continue to work at Weather Analytics in Bethesda, MD as the Chief Weather Modeling Meteorologist. His work consists of creating/manipulating high-resolution gridded weather data for clients in the insurance industry. He is also researching the development of weather products that will allow clients in the private sector to more easily access weather data in the future.
Guo-Yuan will work with Dr. Takemasa Miyoshi at AICS, RIKEN, Japan; this facility is Japan’s national research institute. Utilizing the institute’s supercomputer–which is presently within the top 4 in the world–he will join the institute’s data assimilation research team as a postdoctoral researcher. He may continue his current precipitation assimilation work as well as assimilation of meteorological radar observations.
John will be working at NASA GSFC as the Science Lead for the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), a lidar instrument to be launched to the ISS in the Fall of 2014. While there, he will lead the algorithm formulation, data product development, and scientific outreach for the CATS instrument as well as support data analysis and field work of other lidar instruments such as the Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL).
Congratulations again, and may your careers be blessed with prosperity and discovery!