Steve Nesbitt, Principal Investigator (Spring Semester 2015, on sabbatical at the University of Buenos Aires)

Research staff

  • Brian Jewett, Research scientist (topic: ice microphysical processes for GPM)
    • E-mail: bjewett at
    • Ph.D., M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. University of Oklahoma

Graduate research assistants

  • Reed_HeadShotKim Reed (past NASA Graduate Fellow), Ph.D. Student (topic: orographic precipitation in the tropics/radar and microphysics of winter precipitation for GPM)
    • E-mail: dill1 at
    • M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. University of Nebraska


  • George Duffy (NASA Graduate Fellow), M.S. Student (topic: in situ microphysics and active microwave sensing of ice clouds)
    • E-mail: gaduffy2 at
    • B.S. University of Tennessee-Knoxville


  • Stella Choi (NSF graduate fellow), M.S. Student (M.S. topic: scatterometer winds and rainfall over the global oceans, Ph.D. topic: convective storms in Subtropical South America)
    • E-mail: lchoi7 at
    • B.S. University of Washington

Current undergraduate research assistants


Group graduate research alumni

  • Vineeth Madhavan, M.S. 2009 (co-advised with Prof. Alison Anders, Geology) (topic: Erosion-precipitation relationships in the Western Ghats, India)
  • Jessica Colberg, M.S. 2012 (co-advised with Prof. Alison Anders, Geology) (topic: Land surface-precipitation interactions in the Western Ghats, India)
  • Patrick Brown, M.S. 2012 (topic: Urban-rainfall influences)
  • Wendilyn (Kaufeld) Flynn, M.S., Ph.D. 2012, now Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences Department, University of Northern Colorado (topic: cloud-aerosol interaction in convection, hydrometeorological processes in monsoons)
  • Nicole (Schiffer) Gaynor, M.S., Ph.D. 2013, now Science Writer at National Center for Supercomputing Applications (topic: North American Monsoon water budget)
  • Dan Harnos, Ph.D., 2014, post doc, now Research Scientist at NOAA-NWS Climate Prediction Center
  • Kirstin (Gleicher) Harnos, Ph.D., 2015, now Research Scientist at NOAA-NWS Climate Prediction Center

Group undergraduate research alumni

  • Roger Akers, B.S. 2009, now engineer at Flying S Inc., Palestine IL (topic: North American Monsoon Convection/Lightning)
  • Katie Sulski, B.S. 2011 (topic: factors tropical cyclone tracks)
  • Nick Mycyk B.S. 2011 (topic: hurricane rapid intensification)
  • Thomas Ventimiglia, B.S. 2012 (topic: modeling hurricane rapid intensification)
  • Zaneta Gacek, B.S. 2012 (topic: radar and rain gauge analysis in the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico)
  • Ana Ortiz, B.S. 2013 (topic: GIS applications in road weather forecasting)
  • Gabriel Ewing, B.S. 2013 (topic: Idealized modeling of orographic precipitation)
  • Lauren Carter, B.S. 2015 (topic: Hurricane tracks and rapid intensification)
  • Stephen Gaggiano, B.S. 2015 (topic: Micro Rain Radar and disdrometer measurements of snow)

precipitation • cloud dynamics • cloud microphysics • radar meteorology • satellite meteorology • high impact weather