About ASRC

Research and development at ASRC spans a broad spectrum of scientific areas, including: advanced sensor development; laboratory and field experiments in atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics, and aerosol microphysics; remote sensing of the environment; global aerosol forecasting, air quality, climate change, dispersion modeling; high performance computing, and data and visual analytics.

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Lauriana Gaudet

Lauriana Gaudet

Expected PhD completion date: July 2021
Advised by Dr. Kara Sulia

Research focus: Numerical representations of cloud microphysics and their impact on ensemble-based forecast uncertainty

Dissertation title: “Identifying the Microphysical Sensitivities of Mesoscale and Synoptic Precipitation Using an Ensemble Framework”

What influenced you to study atmospheric sciences? Ever since I was a toddler, I have been intrigued by thunderstorms. This desire to stand in the blustery wind (before quickly ushered back inside by my parents) and watch every lightning strike was stoked even further by the movie Twister. I honestly didn’t know that a weather-focused career was an option outside of broadcast meteorology. Once I learned about those other opportunities and that studying atmospheric sciences involved math and physics at nearly every turn, I was hooked.

What do you hope to accomplish in terms of research goals? It is fascinating to me that we can approximate atmospheric processes through models, whether they are composed of countless empirical relationships or developed through artificial intelligence techniques. Through my Ph.D., I have contributed new insights into the impacts of cloud microphysics on precipitation forecast uncertainty and in the upcoming part of my career I hope to continue to expand this work to explore how to use these existing uncertainties to a forecast’s advantage.

What is your most recent achievement/award? I recently won the 2021 People’s Choice Award in the Three Minute Thesis Competition held here at the University at Albany, SUNY. Summarizing my research into an easily digestible and relatable summary was challenging, but the process taught me an immense deal about why science communication is so integral, especially in the field of atmospheric sciences.

Who do you aspire to be in the ATM scientific community? I aspire to be an active learner of newfound knowledge, applications, and tools and be an inclusive, kind scientist who others in the field can always rely on.

What inspiring message would you share with young aspiring female scientists who are just starting (think K-12) their academic career in the sciences? Stay curious, ask questions, don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know”, ask for help if you need it, and reach out to female scientists who inspire you. Like me, you may be scared to fail at something that is new to you, but with the mentorship of women who were once in your shoes you may find yourself running toward exciting opportunities instead of shying away.

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