Doctoral Student Awarded "Mark of Distinction" from NASA
Ph.D. student Jeremy Shaw and his Mathematics and Statistics advisor Professor Dacian Daescu have won a prestigious NASA Earth System Science Fellowship for their project entitled "Optimization of The Information Error Statistics in Multi-Sensor Atmospheric Data Assimilation".Shaw and Daescu were one of 57 successful applicant teams out of a total of 331 applications. Their project will seek to increase the accuracy of weather prediction by improving the assimilation of empirical data from satellites with predictions made by computer models. The $30,000 award is renewable for two additional years.
NASA gave their proposal an overall rating of "excellent". According to the rating summary, "The problem is important for NASA - improving use of advanced hyper-spectral satellite observations, including AIRS data - with relevance to climate by improving atmospheric reanalyses. The proposed tools/methods are state of the art. The advisor has already shown great insight on the subject and has directly applied previous work to GEOS-5. The student has a solid academic background with experience that is directly relevant to the topic proposed."
NASA's award letter notes that, "Many of the previous recipients of the NASA Earth System Science (ESS) Fellowship Program (1990--2010) have since emerged as leaders in our community. Thus, being selected for an NESSF award is a real mark of distinction."