Michigan Tech's Atmospheric Sciences Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Why is it that sometimes clouds form but not a drop of rain falls? How can we better understand environmental processes at a molecular level? How do air currents transport air pollution and what are the effects?
These are some of the questions students and faculty in the Atmospheric Sciences doctoral program have sought to answer. These questions have led researchers to seek answers as far away as Pico Mountain in the Azores, a Portuguese archipelago in the northern Atlantic Ocean, and as near as the Keweenaw Waterway.
The interdisciplinary program boasts faculty from physics, geological and mining engineering, chemistry, forestry, and civil and environmental engineering. At its core, the atmospheric sciences program is about gaining an understanding of the atmosphere and the processes that occur within it, whether biogenic or anthropogenic.
Faculty hope that students will come away from the program motivated to lessen anthropogenic impacts to the atmosphere, and with the skills to help society better understand the air around us.
“I'm convinced that, in the long run, better science is the result of this all having happened organically, from the bottom up. Science cannot be managed, it has to be nurtured,” says Raymond Shaw (Physics), director of the PhD program. “I think we all hope that Michigan Tech will continue to grow in its reputation for being a strong center of atmospheric sciences research, and that our students and alumni will continue to move out into the world and make contributions that are a result, in part, of having been a part of this program.” Read the entire article.