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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 generally do not 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. It is also fine to leave a short phone message, if you plan a campus visit.  A few days advance notice is always appreciated.

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, nor do we conduct retrievals of atmospheric composition from satellite radiances .  My group interacts closely with other groups on campus and at national labs, who do build instruments and/or conduct retrievals of atmospheric composition.

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.  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 computer language (e.g., Python) that has advanced graphics capabilities.

AOSC / CHEM 633, typically taught each Spring, provides the scientific underpinnings in the fields of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate of the various research efforts conducted by our group.  Every graduate student I have supervised at the University of Maryland has successfully completed this course.  Please plan on taking either AOSC 633 or CHEM 633 (same class, offered both by AOSC & CHEM) during the Spring of your first semester on campus.

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.  As of the most recent update to this website, I have served on 19 doctoral dissertation committees.  In other words, I have had the sincere pleasure of either being the first, or among the first, to greet a person as "Dr" for the first time.  A list is available under our dissertation tab.

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. Also, if you would like to conduct a senior dissertation under my supervision, unless  you can 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 graduate students have extra assignments, as explained at our class tab.  AOSC / CHEM 433 is meant to be taken your Junior or Senior year; instructor permission is required if you'd like to take during your Sophomore 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, scientific problem you would like to pursue.

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