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STUDENT:Nelsie A. Ramos

Published March 2013

The Educational Partnership Program (EPP) is pleased to announce the graduation of Dr. Nelsie A. Ramos, and her pending appointment to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), where she serves as a Meteorologist and Surface Analyst Forecaster!

Nelsie completed her doctoral degree in Atmospheric Sciences and graduated from Howard University, Washington DC, in December 2012. Nelsie was also a student that was supported by the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) that is one of four NOAA Educational Partnership Program's Cooperative Science Centers.

Dr. Nelsie A. Ramos
Dr. Nelsie Ramos, assisting the Hurricane Specialists Unit (HSU) at NHC as a Hurricane Support Meteorologist (HSM) during Hurricane Miriam 2012.

Nelsie is a Class of 2009 alumna of the NOAA EPP Graduate Sciences Program (GSP), through which she studied in the Howard University Program of Atmospheric Sciences (HUPAS), concentrating in Tropical Meteorology.

Dr. Ramos' research involved modeling and data assimilation using the NOAA AOML/HRD experimental Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) model, with the aim to find distinguishing factors to better discriminate between possible developing and non-developing African Easterly Waves into tropical cyclones.

Her thesis work, entitled "Structure and Evolution of Developing and Non-developing African Easterly Waves during National Aeronautics and Space Administration African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (NAMMA)", was conducted as part of collaboration with the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Hurricane Research Division (HRD).

Among Nelsie's significant accomplishments, she has presented her work internationally in Bologna, Italy and Melbourne, Australia, served as the Principal Investigator of the 1st collaborative research with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction Environmental Modeling Center, and participated on a mission flight into a hurricane!

You can learn more about the GSP student experience in NOAA science, from Nelsie's perspective, by clicking the links to see photos of Nelsie's P-3 TDR mission flight into Hurricane Tropical Storm Alex 2010, read the flight log of her mission, view her bio, and get her perspective by reading the Q&A with NHC interview.

"Through the EPP Graduate Sciences Program I just not landed a dream job, but I had the opportunity to enrich my career as a Meteorologist in many ways. In a 3-year period, I was able to lead significant scientific and applied research, experienced the fieldwork in a hurricane mission, and learned the operational side of the hurricane science. Moreover, I had the opportunity to communicate my research findings at national and international settings.


To be able to employ my interdisciplinary background, talents and passions to fulfill NHC's mission of saving lives, mitigate property loss and improving economic efficiency is what makes my job meaningful. Among all the experiences that the Graduate Sciences Program brought to my life, one that I enjoy the most is mentoring undergraduate and graduate students so that they can have successful careers." - Nelsie A. Ramos, PhD.

In keeping with her dedication to the next generations of NOAA scientists, Nelsie continues to participate in the NOAA Student Scholarship Programs by serving as a reviewer for the 2013 class of EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program and Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program applications.

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