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Education 

2004-2006                   University of Wyoming          Laramie, WY

  • Researched cumulus cloud development in the Caribbean

2000-2004                   Millersville UniversityMillersville,PA

  • Graduated with a B.S. in meteorology in May 2004.

Experience

January 2013-Present    AvMet Applications                  Reston, VA
Systems Analyst/ Meteorologist

  • Provide direct support to FAA System Operations 
  • Participate in Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) Weather Evaluation Team (WET) meetings as a subject matter expert.
  •  Evaluate the accuracy of the Automated Winter Weather Dashboard (AWWD) as a tool for alerting airport planners to adverse condition during winter weather events.  
  • Attend daily operational briefings on the control floor at the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC)
  • Conduct research and analyze Air Traffic Management (ATM) actions, decisions, and the impacts of weather and weather forecasts on the NAS.

September 2010-April 2012    First Solar Electric                  Bridgewater, NJ
Energy Planning Engineer

  • Advised engineers on climactic conditions at potential project sites around the world
  • Frequently visited sites to maintain weather towers.
  • Analyzed large data sets collected at multiple utility scale solar PV sites, ranging in size from 5MW to 80MW.
  • Worked closely with instrumentation engineers on placement of sensors throughout the large PV power plants.
  • Developed new meteorological station mast for use in FS plants.
  • Regularly worked with MATLAB, PVSyst, and MSSQL.

 

June 2006-2010           Weather Trends International             Bethlehem, PA
Sr. Systems Meteorologist

  • Monitored weather conditions across the globe and alerted a wide range of clients (retail, investors, snow removal companies, etc) to changing weather conditions.
  • Analyzed long range weather forecasts (10 days through one year) and reported information to a number of clients in fields from retail to investors.
  • Developed tools to increase productivity and automate repeated tasks. I was able to cut time needed for analysis by 75% keeping employee headcount low.
  • Developed a web-based tool using to perform a multiple regression analysis of retail sales to several weather variables.
  • Frequently coded using Perl, PHP,  MySQL, HTML with occasional coding in Fortran
  • Created and published meteorological maps using ArcMap.

 

January 2005               University of Wyoming                      Laramie, WY
Graduate Research Assistant during the RICO field campaign

  • Planned and executed the King Air flight plan during the student flight.
  • Flew in and operated instruments in the Wyoming King Air and the NCAR C-130 research aircraft.

 

Winter 2004               Millersville University            Millersville,PA
Lead Student Researcher

  • Led group of students in particulate study funded by MANE-VU.
  • Was in charge of scheduling and training other students on the many different   instruments used in the project.
  • Made wind, precipitation, cloud base height and pollution forecasts to determine which days were acceptable for the goals of the project.

 

Professional Affiliations

Member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) sub-committee on renewable energy. (Jan 2012 – Present)

Member of the local and national American Meteorological Society

  • Vice President of the SE Wyoming Chapter of the AMS (2005-06)

Graduate Student Representative for the University of Wyoming Engineering Fund for Enrichment (UWEFE)

  • Graduate Student representative
  • Voted on how money from the enrichment fund was dispersed