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STUDENT:Micheal Hicks

Published August 2012

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The Educational Partnership Program is pleased to announce that Micheal Hicks, a Graduate Sciences Program (GSP) scholar received his Ph.D. from Howard University Program of Atmospheric Science (HUPAS) in May 2012. There he conducted research utilizing LIDAR, radiosonde, and anemometer technologies to analyze the impact of urbanization on atmospheric boundary layer processes. His dissertation is entitled "The Characterization of Atmospheric Boundary Layer Depth and Turbulence in a Mixed Rural and Urban Convective Environment."

As an undergraduate mathematician at Paine College, Micheal was inducted into the United Negro College Fund Mellon-Mays fellowship in 2004, where he was inspired to attain a PhD degree. In addition, as an undergraduate mathematician, he completed two summer internships with NOAA's Education Partnership Program (EPP), where he developed his sustaining interest in the atmospheric sciences. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2006, Micheal then received an academic scholarship to study at NOAA's Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) at Howard University. As a participant in the GSP, he was mentored by Joseph Facundo of NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) and now works fulltime for NWS as a Physical Scientist in Sterling, VA.

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