Foshee wins NASA fellowship
Emily Foshee, a student in UAHuntsville's atmospheric science master's
The fellowship includes a $30,000-a-year stipend to support her
Her research project continues work she did this year with UAH's Information Technology and Systems Center (ITSC), studying potentially damaging wind events that blow through mountain passes or gaps around the world, with the goal of developing methods for forecasting these
Foshee and her advisor, Dr. Udaysankar Nair, an assistant professor in atmospheric science, will spend the next year working with ITSC scientists to identify past wind events at three mountain gaps in Mexico and Central America.
"Some of these high wind events can almost get up to hurricane force, so being able to forecast them is something that is of interest to not only people who live near those gaps but also to shipping and aviation," Foshee said.
Because many of these mountain gaps are in areas where weather stations are sparse, the team will use a wide range of weather data collected by NASA and NOAA satellites over the past several decades in their search for predictive pre-wind event weather patterns.
Foshee is the third of Nair's students to win an NESSF grant. The research conducted by the first two led to follow-on research projects with more than $1.2 million in additional funding.
More information about NASA's NESSF program and the 2012 awards is available HERE