CIMMS Nationally Recognized Awards

  • Adam Clark (Research Scientist) received the very prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Clark’s selection was announced by President Barack Obama on December 23, 2013. He will receive the award in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. later this year. According to the White House press release, “the PECASE Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.” Clark’s selection for this important recognition benefits all of CIMMS, NSSL, and the entire National Weather Center.
  • Dr. Matt Kumjian (former Graduate Research Assistant/Post- Doctoral Scientist and now an Assistant Professor at Penn State) and Dr. Alexander Ryzhkov (Senior Research Scientist) have been selected to receive an Outstanding Scientific Paper Award from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). The award was for their paper titled “Storm-relative helicity revealed from polarimetric radar measurements,” published in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Dr. Alex Fierro (Research Scientist) received an Editor’s Award from the American Geophysical Union. He was cited for this award by Dr. Paul Williams, an Editor of Geophysical Research Letters (GRL). This journal has a high international reputation. Fierro is a CIMMS collaborator with NSSL, primarily on the cutting-edge challenge of incorporating atmospheric electricity processes into the computer modeling of severe convective weather and hurricanes.
  • Sean Waugh (CIMMS/SoM Ph.D. student) who collaborates with NSSL, has been chosen to receive an Outstanding Student Paper award from the American Geophysical Union on his paper titled “Balloon-borne electric field and microphysics measurements in the 29-30 May 2012 super cell storm in Oklahoma during DC3.” Waugh’s Ph.D. dissertation research is now being funded by Dr. Don MacGorman (NSSL Senior Federal Scientist and CIMMS Federal Associate, from a NSF Grant) and by NSSL. Last year, Waugh was supported by the new CIMMS/VPR Cost-Sharing Account.