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NCAR GV taking off from Guam airport, 19 Jan 2014, for Research Flight 4 of the NSF CONTRAST field campaign

Graduate Students:

In principle I am able to supervise the research of any graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park campus.  In practice, it is much easier to supervise a graduate student enrolled in either:

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC)

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHEM)

The requirements for obtaining an advanced degree are administered by these respective departments and differ in important ways.  Prospective students are encouraged to research  information in these links and choose the program that  best fits their background and educational goals.  In general, a student with an undergraduate major of Chemistry or Chemical Engineering may deem CHEM to be a better fit whereas a student with an undergraduate focus in Mathematics or Computer Science may deem AOSC to be a better fit.  If you apply to one of these programs and are interested in conducting research with my group, please send me an email notifying me of your application (particularly helpful if the phrase "Grad School Application" appears in the subject line).  I am not able to conduct email dialog with prospective graduate students prior to their acceptance into our graduate program unless you happen to be visiting campus and would like to stop by for an introductory meeting.  In this case, please send me an email with "Campus Visit" in the subject line and it is also fine to leave a short phone message.

The research I supervise involves the use and/or development of computational tools in a Linux environment, using some combination of the FORTRAN, MATLAB, and/or IDL programming languages, to quantify the impact of human activity on atmospheric composition.  We work with a myriad of data, but we do not build the instruments to collect data.  My group interacts closely with other groups on campus and at national labs, who build instruments that obtain observations.

AOSC 652, typically taught in the fall, provides an introduction to Numerical Methods in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in a Linux environment.  No prior programming experience is needed to take AOSC 652.  Unless you arrive on campus with an exceptionally strong computational background,  you must successfully complete AOSC 652 before joining my research group.  In other words, please plan to take AOSC 652 your first semester unless you can demonstrate proficiency in FORTRAN, and either MATLAB, IDL, or some other advanced graphics language.

AOSC / CHEM 633, typically taught each spring, provides the scientific underpinnings in the fields of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate of the research our group conducts.  Every graduate student I have supervised at the University of Maryland has successfully completed this class.

All graduate students are expected to develop an aptitude for simulating chemical processes in a computational setting and apply  this skill to a scientific problem of their interest in the field of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate.   Examples of the research we conduct appear on our research tab.

Click here to see a list of UMd PhD Dissertation and Prospectus Committees on which I have served.

Undergraduate Students:

AOSC offers an undergraduate major undergraduate major as well as an undergraduate minor.  CHEM has a vibrant undergraduate major.  The undergraduate programs of AOSC and CHEM have fantastic administrators who are devoted to helping students design an educational program tailored to their career goals.

I am often asked by undergraduates if they can conduct research in my group, either for class credit, their senior dissertation, or sometimes for salary over the summer.  My answer is always the same: all students must first successfully complete AOSC / CHEM 433, Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate, before I will consider supervising your research!  If you would like to conduct a senior dissertation under my supervision, unless  you cam demonstrate strong programming proficiency, you will  be asked to take AOSC 652 the first semester of your senior year.  AOSC / CHEM 433 is taught parallel with AOSC / CHEM 633.  Undergrads enroll in 433, grad students in 633, there is a single lecture, but grad students have extra assignments.  AOSC / CHEM 433 is meant to be taken your junior or senior year.

High School Students:

We are strongly committed to the education of students, including those at the high school level.  However, most high school students have not yet acquired sufficient programming skills to be able to contribute at a meaningful level to the research we conduct.  If you believe you are the exception to this rule, please include in your initial correspondence a summary of your computational programming skills as well as a brief description of a specific problem you would like to pursue.

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This page last updated on Sunday, 24 August 2014