Congratulations to SoM/ARRC Master’s student Morgan Schneider on being selected the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. As the country’s oldest fellowship program of its kind, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and directly supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities of being selected, including a three-year annual stipend, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution. They are crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation's technological infrastructure and national security, as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large. Morgan is advised by Dr. David Bodine.
ARRC/SoM professor Dr. Guifu Zhang has received the School of Meteorology, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, Sam K. Viersen Family Foundation Presidential Professorship. OU’s Presidential Professorships recognize faculty members who excel in all their professional activities and exemplify to their students and colleagues the ideals of a scholar through their endeavors in teaching, research and creative scholarly activity, professional and university service, and public outreach. Dr. Zhang’s primary research focus is radar polarimetry and interferometry for weather quantification and forecasting. His colleagues agree that he is a rare breed of theoretical and experimental researcher alike. He has ingenious inspiration when it comes to the design of novel hardware, the implementation of new calibration techniques and the development of new inversion algorithms for these observation systems. This approach has led to the development of unique, innovative cylindrical polarimetric phased array radar theories and technologies that have been granted U.S. patents. A prototype system of the cylindrical radar has been built, and such a system has the potential to become the core design of the next-generation operational weather radar network of the United States. Congratulations on your achievement Guifu!
Congratulations to SoM/ARRC graduate student Noah Brauer for receiving the School of Meteorology Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Candidates were nominated by faculty, staff and students, and selected by the Meteorology Student Awards Committee. Noah has been a graduate teaching assistant for Synoptic Meteorology (Fall 2017-2019), Mesoscale Meteorology (Spring 2018), Cloud Physics (Spring 2020), as well as an instructor for Severe and Unusual Weather (Spring 2019), and Introduction to Meteorology II Laboratory (Summer 2018).
Graduate student Andrew Byrd (ECE/ARRC) was named the recipient of the Tommy C. Craighead Award for Best Paper in Radar Meteorology. The $500 award is presented by the School of Meteorology to an OU student who is the lead author on a refereed journal article with a focus on radar studies of the atmosphere. Andrew’s paper, “Development of a Low-Cost Multistatic Passive Weather Radar Network”, was selected for its superior quality of research exemplifying the inter-disciplinary nature of remote sensing of the atmosphere using radar. Andrew’s paper is being published in the April 2020 issue of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. Congratulations Andrew!
In a joint effort between OU, the University of Kansas, and Texas-based company X-microwave, an integrated 2-18 GHz UWB airborne module has been developed for polarimetric remote sensing of snow in Antarctica. ECE/ARRC Professor, Dr. Jay McDaniel, one of the original designers of the ultra-wideband (UWB) snow radar, worked with the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) to help design and develop a set of integrated and low-loss filter solutions that can be integrated with the X-microwave RF LEGO concept. Recently, the filters were integrated into the snow radar transmit and receive modules and flown as part of the NASA Operation IceBridge mission. The resultant article from this research was published in Microwave Journal and featured on X-microwave's website. Click here for more information and a link to the article.
ARRC/GCoE graduate students Andrew Byrd, Rodrigo Lebron Garcia, and Javier Ortiz have each received $5000 Gallogly College of Engineering Dissertation of Excellence Awards. The award recognizes Ph.D. students who have achieved outstanding research results while encouraging them to complete their dissertations with excellence. Andrew’s dissertation is focused on signal processing techniques for transmitter/receiver synchronization and sidelobe contamination reduction in multistatic weather radar networks. Andrew is advised by Drs. Robert Palmer and Caleb Fulton. Advised by Dr. Jorge Salazar, Rodrigo’s dissertation centers around techniques and instrumentation for active phased array calibration, and Javier’s dissertation involves the analytical modeling of the effects that diffraction have on phased array antennas with emphasis on the cross-polar patterns. Congratulations to all on this outstanding achievement!
Everyone had a great time celebrating the new decade at the annual Lockheed Martin-OU Sushi Night held recently during the AMS Annual Meeting in Boston.
The ARRC hosted the Lawton-Ft Sill Working Group on Dec 6 at the Radar Innovations Lab. Important discussions took place regarding the ARRC’s involvement in Army modernization and economic development activities.