university of alabama in huntsville student chapter
Brianna is a second-year graduate student pursuing her master’s in atmospheric science. She is working under Dr. Kevin Knupp and examining factors involved in convective initiation for a case that took place during the Plains Elevated Convection At Night (PECAN) field campaign. Brianna is originally from south-central Minnesota where she received her B.S. in meteorology from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and graduated summa cum laude. During her time there, she was a member and officer of their local AMS/NWA chapter, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and SCSU’s University Honors Program. As an undergrad, she was involved with various research projects ranging from tropical cyclones to tornadoes. Brianna has a love for getting her hands “dirty” with instruments and being immersed within the inclement weather phenomena she has a passion for which has led her to being an enthusiastic participant in numerous field campaigns such as PECAN, VORTEX-SE, and TWIRL. When she’s not engrossed in the current weather, she enjoys playing the guitar and piano, song writing, soccer, friends, and solo car rides while blasting Green Day on the radio. Brianna is looking forward to aiding a successful continuation of the superb track record of this AMS chapter, but also the personal growth in regards to leadership ability she believes being an officer of this chapter will provide.
Sarah is a first-year graduate student working with Dr. Phillip Bitzer, comparing lightning with continuing current to optical emissions from space. Eventually, this research will use this comparison to allow detection of continuing current lightning strokes, which will point to areas where forest fires may have initiated. Sarah is from St. Louis, MO and received her undergraduate degree in Soil, Environmental, and Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in December of 2015. During her time at Mizzou, she was an active member of their student AMS/NWS chapter since day one and served as the club’s vice president her last full year. She is super excited to get more involved here at UAH and is always willing to help (or just chat!) with any new or current members. When not working on schoolwork or watching lightning, Sarah is probably watching hockey (Go Blues!), running, playing video games, or cuddling with her cat, Rupee.
Brian is a PhD student who joined the UAH Atmospheric Science Department in the Fall of 2012. He is currently working on understanding the impacts of land heterogeneities on cloud properties and precipitation patterns through numerical modeling experiments with Dr. Nair. During his time at UAH, Brian has interned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory within the numerical modeling group and at Baron Services in the data management group. Outside of school, Brian enjoys food, family, and golf. This is Brian's first year serving as an AMS chapter officer and he is looking forward to help build upon the successes of previous years' officers and become a more integral part of the UAH and Huntsville communities as a whole.
Adam is a junior undergraduate Earth Systems Science major with a focus in atmospheric science. He is an orientation leader on campus and is affiliated with Greek life. He has also been heavily involved in leadership organizations including LEAP and BOLD and also with research operations at SWIRLL. Adam currently works in the RCEU program and is also a recipient of the NOAA Hollings Scholarship. Adam is the first person selected to the undergraduate representative position and is excited to incorporate more undergraduate participation into our group activities and outreach events.