William J. Gutowski is our newest permanent faculty member, having joined the program in October 1991. Bill is a graduate of MIT and left his position as senior scientist and manager of the climate group at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. to bring his program in global climate dynamics to Iowa State. Bill's recent work has considered feedbacks between climate change and the global hydrological cycle. Professor Gutowski was co-chair for the Seventeenth Stanstead Seminar: The Role of Large-Scale, Extratropical Dynamics in Climate Change, held in Lennoxville, Quebec. He was also an invited participant at the First and Second Workshops on the Environmental Data and Analysis Network for Central and Eastern Europe, held in Durham, New Hampshire, and Budapest, Hungary, respectively.
Rodney J. Kubesh, a PhD graduate of the Atmospheric Science Department of the University of Illinois, served as temporary instructor for the 1992-93 academic year. Rod has responsibility for the introductory sequence course for majors and the sophomore laboratories in instrumentation, observations, and synoptic meteorology. He also taught the senior synoptic meteorology sequence and was the key contact staff member in current weather.
Eugene S. Takle, completed his twentieth year in the program during this academic year. Research in boundary-layer and mesoscale meteorology under Gene's direction has included simulations of flow at Kennedy Space Center, turbulent flow behind shelterbelts, and analysis of mesoscale climate change. Professor Takle has been selected to serve a 3-year term on the AMS Board on Meteorological Instrumentation and Observations. He also served as chair for the session on Shelterbelts and Agricultural Crops at the 4th International Symposium on Windbreaks and Agroforestry in Viborg, Denmark.
Douglas N. Yarger, senior member of the program, has been officially designated Program Professor-in-Charge by the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. New research initiatives under Doug's leadership have brought funds from the National Science Foundation and interest from UCAR and NOAA for innovative developments in science teaching where the power and speed of the campus high-performance workstation network are used by students in a large introductory course.
Grant W. Branstator (Associate Professor - collaborator) is a graduate of the University of Washington who is a staff scientist in the Global Dynamics Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Grant's area of research interest is in low-frequency phenomena in the global atmosphere and their relationship to such surface features as El Nino and major patterns of drought.
Joseph R. Tribbia (Professor - collaborator) graduate of the University of Michigan is Head of the Global Dynamics Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Science. Joe's research centers on the use of global climate models and global forecast models to study energetics, global transport, and forecast errors.
Geff Underwood, a graduate of the Iowa State Computer Science Department, became a member of the group in 1989 when the demands and opportunities of an expanding program computation facility grew beyond the capabilities of the faculty to manage. Geff oversees the acquisition, management, display, and archiving of current data and participates with Dr. Yarger in the multi-media science teaching initiatives.
Richard Turner, a recent graduate of the Agricultural Meteorology program, will joint the Atmospheric Sciences program in the 1993-94 academic year to assume major responsibility for numerical simulations of the mesoscale model on the massively parallel computer.
Ming-Cheng Yen, a PhD graduate of the Atmospheric Science Program (1991) joined the program as a research associate in 1991. His major responsibility is the diagnostic and numerical analyses of the climate system.
Hao Wang (BS, MS and PhD Nanjing University) will join the Atmospheric Science Program in the 1993-94 academic year to work with Dr. Takle on projects in boundary- layer turbulence and mesoscale modeling.
Jinmei Shen (MS, Nanjing University) will also join the Atmospheric Sciences Program in the 1993-94 academic year to work with Dr. Takle on projects relating to climate diagnosis and analysis.
Kiyotoshi Takahashi (BS and MS, Tohoku University, Japan) will join the Atmospheric Science Program in 1993 to work with Dr. Mike Chen on monsoon research.
Yasumasa Kodama (BS, MS, and PhD, Tokyo University, Japan) will join the Atmospheric Science Program in the 1993-94 academic year to work with Dr. Mike Chen on the Asian monsoon phenomenon.
Jau Ming Chen, (BS National Taiwan University; MS Iowa State University) is a PhD student working on the numerical simulation of the interdecadal variation of atmospheric circulation with the NCAR CCM.
Weidong Jiang, (BS Meteorology, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, 1984; MS Chinese Academy of Meteorological Science, 1989) is a PhD student using a global, spectral model of atmospheric dynamics to study interactions between baroclinic waves and atmospheric convection.
David McDonald, (BS University of Utah; MS, Brigham Young University) completed his PhD in August 1993 on the examination of partition forecast errors in numerical weather prediction models.
Jon Reisner, (BS Meteorology, Iowa State, 1987; MS Meteorology, Iowa State, 1989) completed his PhD research in December 1992 on a three-dimensional simulation of stratified flow past orographic obstacles. Jon spent two years as an NCAR research fellow where he worked under the direction of Dr. Piotr Smolarkiewicz. Jon currently holds a postdoctoral position at NCAR.
Tom Rink, (BS University of Wisconsin) is a MS student working on the three-dimensional structure of stationary and transient eddies simulated by the GLA climate model.
Betsy Uken, (BS Math, Calvin College, 1992) is an MS student in Statistics who is using time series and spectral analyses to study interactions between atmospheric moisture and baroclinic eddies over the Southern Hemisphere oceans.
Chris Wikle, (BS Atmospheric Science, University of Kansas, 1986; MS University of Kansas, 1988), is a PhD student working toward a joint degree with the Department of Statistics. Chris is using time series analysis to study seasonal and interannual variations of equatorial waves in the lower stratosphere.
Kuang Der Wu, (BS National Taiwan University) completed his MS degree on the interdecadal change of cyclone frequencies over the North Pacific-North America region.
Shiyuan Zhong, (BS Meteorology, Nanjing University, 1982; MS Atmospheric Physics, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Beijing, 1985; MS Meteorology, Iowa State, 1990) completed her PhD dissertation in December 1992 on numerical simulations and data analysis of the mesoscale flow fields at Kennedy Space Center. She received an award as one of the outstanding Iowa State University graduate students in 1992. Shiyuan presently holds a postdoctoral research position at Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories in Richland, WA.
Tsung-Huo Kuo, (BS National Central University; MS National Central University) is a MS student working on the long-term variability of the global hydrological cycle.
Clayton Lawson, (BS University of South Carolina) is a MS student working in climate variability.
Zaitao Pan, (BS Nanjing University, MS and PHD University of the Philippines) will be seeking a PhD in Water Resources focusing on mesoscale surface processes relating to the hydrological cycle.
Wui-Ping Weng, (BS National Taiwan University) is a MS student working on hydrological cycle and climate related problems.