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Group Members

Group picture - October 2014

  • Current members

    • Swarup China - PhD in Atmospheric Sciences

I have a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences. My research interest is in the characterization of physical and optical properties of aerosol and ice nucleation. Specifically I’m interested in looking at morphology of aerosol particles and find association with their optical properties. My current research interest is in heterogeneous ice nucleation in the contact mode.

    • Noopur Sharma - PhD student in Atmospheric Sciences

I am currently a Ph.D student in Atmospheric Science Program at Michgan Technological University. I am working on the development of multi-wavelength Integrated Photoacoustic Nephelometer spectrometer and its utilization in measurement of optical properties of lab-generated as well as ambient aerosols.

    • Kendra Wright - PhD Student in Physics

Kendra graduated with a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Northern Michigan University and is pursuing her PhD at Michigan Technological University. Kendra is working on developing phtoacoustic/neplelometer integrated instruments to measure aerosol absorption and scattering and in measuring water vapor using DFB tunable diode lasers. She was recently awarded a NASA graduate student fellowship that will begin in Fall 2013 to perform measurements and data analysis from the Pico Mountain Observatory.

      • Janarjan Bhandari  PhD Student in Atmospheric Sciences

    I am a 
    PhD. Student in the Atmospheric Science program in the Department of Physics at Michigan Technological University. I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. (2011) in Physics from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently, I am working on a quartz-enhanced photo- acoustic instrument for the study of the optical properties of black carbon aerosols in the atmosphere. I have a distinctive interest in studying the radiative forcing of  black carbon, and its role in the retreat of glaciers in the Himalayan region.


        • Tyler Capek PhD Student in Physics              

      My name is Tyler Capek, and I am a PhD student in the physics program at Michigan Technological University. I received a B.S. in mathematics and physics at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. I am currently exploring means to improve the stability of water droplets being condensed and levitated in a cylindrical piezoelectric acoustic levitation device.

        • Giulia Girotto - Visiting Student
      I am a visiting research scholar at Michigan Technological University coming from the University of Trento in Italy. I am working on characterizing the morphology of atmospheric particles using electron microscopy. I am interested in studying carbonaceous  aerosols such as those emitted during biomass burning.  
      • B.Tech., Environmental Engineering (2011) - Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
      • M.S., Environmental Engineering (2011-present) - Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy

        • Raven Stone - Senior Undergraduate Student
      I am pursuing a B. S. in physics at Michigan Technological University. I am currently working on a Quartz Enhanced Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (QEPAS) device in the Environmental Optics Lab; in an effort to create a relatively compact sensor for analyzing the optical properties of aerosols for on site measurements. Along with constructing a high stability, low-noise laser current driver with digital control.

        • Nicole Niedermeier - Visiting Scientist 
      I am a research visitor with a PhD degree in natural sciences. My research activity within the last years to present is focused on physical properties of Saharan mineral dust and its deposition into the North Atlantic Ocean. Being at Michigan Tech, I will concentrate on the relation of aerosol optical properties measured at the Pico Mountain Observatory on Pico Island and the ARM site ‘Eastern North Atlantic’ on the Graciosa Island. I will also work on the analysis and interpretation of Pico CO data.


      • Former members

      Sumit was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Physics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton. He finished his doctoral work at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India and received a PhD degree from Pune University. The research at MTU exploited the unique location of the Azores and the Pico Mountain Observatory, to improve the scientific understanding of aerosol lifecycles and aerosol cloud interactions and the role these processes have on radiative balance and climate. Sumit's research interests are: remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols; aerosols radiative effects; the sources and transport of aerosol; air quality and climate change. Sumit's interest in aerosols stems from the fact that the chaotic, non-linear nature of the aerosols makes the subject interesting and dynamic.

          • Rachael Huempfner  Engineering Undergraduate Student 2013

          • Jacob Smock  Undergraduate Student 2012-2013

          • Jordan Hagen Undergraduate Student - 2011-2012 (MTU-SURF fellow 2011)
        Jordan worked on the development of a new photoacoustic detection method for the measurement of aerosol light absorption.  For his research activity, hwas awarded funding through Michigan Tech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2011.

          • Stephen Stassen - Undergraduate Student (Now at MTU) - 2012  (MTU-SURF fellow 2012)
        Stephen J Stassen was awarded funding through Michigan Tech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for his work on an Integrated Photoacoustic/Nephelometer Spectrometer. He hopes to eventually get a PHD in physics.

            • Arin Nelson - Post-baccalaureate Student (Now at University of Colorado - Boulder) - 2012
            • I have recently received my B.S. in physics at Michigan Technological University and have been accepted to the Ph.D. program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at University of Colorado in Boulder.  My research at Michigan Tech dealt with characterizing the concentration of aerosols as a function of time inside an acoustic resonator primarily used to levitate water droplets.  I also designed and constructed electronic devices and created LabView programs to interface various equipment such as DAQ cards and particle counters with a computer.
            Chaoxun Hang was a summer graduate student in the EOL until June 9, 2012. His research was about determining the concentration of carbon dioxide in a experimental cell by using a tunable diode laser. By acquiring the signal on an infrared detector through a transmission cell, and by using Beer Lambert law, the path-integrated carbon dioxide concentration can be determined. Chaoxun will move to Utah in Fall 2012 to begin a PhD in the department mechanical engineering.
            • Mathew Hollinger (Now Environmental Manager, Air Dispersion Modeling at Indiana Department of Environmental Management) - 2009-2011
            • Neila Salvadori (Now at ARCADIS US Inc. Water Division, Columbus OH) - 2010 
            • Jason Cook - 2009-2010