UCAR | CPAESS and the NOAA Weather Program Office are excited to welcome the inaugural class of the Weather Program Office (WPO) Innovation for Next Generation Scientists (WINGS) Dissertation Fellowship of 2023-2024. The purpose of this fellowship is to help Ph.D. students gain real-world, doctoral experience applying expertise in their field of study to weather model development with the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC). The WINGS Fellowship will develop and foster the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) scholars, with the goal of bolstering the future workforce of America’s Weather Enterprise.

The WINGS Fellowship is designed for Ph.D. candidates who have completed their required coursework, and are in the beginning stages of writing a dissertation.  Fellows will work with their academic advisor and a mentor recommended by WPO and CPAESS, to provide  guidance  during  the dissertation process.  This inaugural award year will focus on research relevant to NOAA’s Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) Program mission – to serve as a catalyst for community research and modeling system advances that continually inform and accelerate improvements in the Unified Forecast System (UFS), spanning local to global domains and predictive timescales from sub-hourly analyses to seasonal predictions. It will be a pilot focused on scientific outcomes related to the EPIC program, which aims to improve operational weather and climate forecast systems through scientific and technical innovation via model co-development with the weather enterprise. 

Future fellowship years will explore other aspects of the WPO’s research. “In pursuit of its vision and mission, WPO works closely with the National Weather Service (NWS) to help develop and transition weather research, including hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, heavy precipitation, and air pollution. Additionally, WPO utilizes social science to learn how to deal with the uncertainties weather presents and to inform its engagement and communication with researchers, funders, and the public” (NOAA).

2023 Weather Program Office (WPO) Innovation for Next Generation Scientists (WINGS) Fellowship Awardees

Shreyas Rajendra Dhavale

Host: Dr. Anantha Aiyyer

PhD Institution: North Carolina State University

Proposal: The origin and evolution of the Monsoon onset vortex and its subseasonal impacts: Integrating Theory and predictability studies using the UFS

Emily Faber

Host: Dr. Adriana Rocha-Lima

PhD Institution: University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Proposal: Impacts of Surface Winds on Dust Emissions: Comparison of Measurements and Models to Improve Model Parameterization and Further Understanding of Sub-grid Processes

Joseph Knisely

Host: Dr. Jon Poterjoy

PhD Institution: University of Maryland’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC)

Proposal: Exploring New Satellite Bias Correction Methodologies for Numerical Weather Prediction within Theoretical and Operational Frameworks

Learn more about the NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO) Innovation for Next Generation Scientists (WINGS) Fellowship