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Interested in joining our group?

Potential and current graduate students at CU-Boulder may contact Prof. Lundquist with questions and ideas.

Undergraduates interested in exciting research projects are also encouraged to contact Julie with questions and ideas. Funding could be available through a UROP. Undergraduates may also consider Science Undergraduate Laboratory Interships at the DOE laboratories with whom we collaborate.

Group Dinner at the AMS Boundary Layers and Turbulence meeting, June 2018

Group picture 2018 JuneGroup dinner 2018 Jun

left to right: Camden, Patrick, Julie, Jessica, Stephanie, Robert, Nicola, Laura, Philipp

Current Graduate Students

Nicola Bodini photo
Nicola Bodini Ph.D. Candidate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, M.Eng. University of Trento, Environmental and Land Engineering, B.Eng. University of Trento, Environmental and Land Engineering. Nicola is studying turbulence dissipation rate measurements from lidars (AMT2018) in complex terrain (ACP2019) and offshore (GRL2019). He is now applying machine learning methods to better represent turbulence in atmospheric models. He has also used scanning lidar data to characterize wind turbine wakes (AMT2017), and has assessed interannual variability in wind resource assessment (WES2016).  He helped collect data during the Perdigão field campaign.

Camden PlunkettCamden Plunkett Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, B.S. Applied Meteorology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2017. Camden is using WRF-Fire to explore how pyrocumulus clouds loft soot into upper regions of the atmosphere. In summer 2018, he deployed our lidars to support the ISARRA LASPE-RATE unmanned aerial system field campaign in southern Colorado.

Stephanie Redfern uncroppedStephanie Redfern Ph.D. Candidate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, M.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering Stanford University, M.A. Global Policy Studies University of Texas Austin, B.S. Mechanical Engineering University of Texas Austin. Stephanie has implemented and evaluated improvements to the WRF Wind Farm Parameterization (MWR 2019) as a graduate research fellow at CIRES and is now assessing simulations of wildland and urban fires. In the summer of 2018 she worked on the WE-CAN field campaign in Boise, ID, taking aircraft-based aerosol measurements above wildfires.

Miguel SanchezMiguel Sanchez M.S. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, expected 2019. Miguel is interested in the technological and resource assessment aspects of renewable energies, primarily from wind energy. He has assessed how wind veer affects wind turbine power production in the CWEX-13 dataset. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking and backpacking.

Jessica @ DLR Nov 2018Jessica Tomaszewski Ph.D. Candidate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, M.S. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 2018, B.S. Meteorology University of Oklahoma. Jessica has used large-eddy simulations of wind turbine wakes to demonstrate that wind turbine wakes do not pose hazards to small aircraft (WES2018). She has also used mesoscale modeling to evaluate interactions between wind farms (NE2018, AMS talk). During the Perdigão field campaign,  she took hours of measurements and provided real-time plots of our lidar data to help make in-the-field decisions. During summers 2018 and 2019, she was a wind resource assessment intern at NextEra.

Current Undergraduate Students

James Bell photoJames Bell B.A. University of Colorado Boulder, Geography with a minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, expected 2020. James is investigating mountain waves using lidar and turbine measurements from the WFIP2 field campaign. In his free time, he enjoys photography, skateboarding and hiking In the mountains.

Hannah imageHannah Livingston  B.S. University of Colorado Boulder, Mechanical and Energy Engineering, expected 2021. Hannah is investigating how system of interconnected offshore wind farms off the shore of Massachusetts could provide baseline power for New England, using National Wind Toolkit Data, toward the interest of determining the viability of a macrogrid. With an engineering background, she is interested in both the technical aspects as well as the economic and societal impacts arising from rapid renewable energy transitions. In her free time, Hannah enjoys trail running, backpacking, and training for triathlons.



Laura MazzaroLaura Mazzaro Ph.D. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 2019; M.S. Environmental Engineering University of California Berkeley, B.S. Engineering Mechanics University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Laura has studied methods for improving atmospheric simulations by coupling mesoscale and large-eddy simulation models (JAMES2017) and for generating turbulence within nested large-eddy simulations using perturbation methods. Laura collected data during the Perdigão field campaign. Laura is now an Applied Scientist at Descartes Labs.

Rochelle WorsnopRochelle Worsnop  Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 2018; M.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 2016, B.S. in Meteorology from Florida State University with minors in Mathematics and Geography. Rochelle used large-eddy simulations to study turbulence in hurricanes with applications to offshore wind energy (BLM2017, GRL2017), and then focused on how to improve statistical forecasts of wind energy ramping events (WES 2018). While at CU, Rochelle helped collect data for the CWEX-13, XPIA, and WFIP2 field campaigns. Rochelle is now a Research Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Lab in Boulder, through the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.

Joseph LeeJoseph Cheuk-Yi Lee Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 2018; B.S. Cornell University in Atmospheric Sciences with minor in Applied Economics. Joseph evaluated how the evening transition of the atmospheric boundary layer affect wind turbine wakes (BLM 2017) and then tested how well a mesoscale wind farm parameterization captured actual power production in an onshore wind farm (GMD 2017). He then focused on evaluating how interannual variability is considered in wind resource assessment (WES 2018, Torque2018). During summer 2016, he was an intern at GE. While at CU, Joseph helped collect data in the LUMEX, XPIA, and WFIP2 field campaigns. Joseph is now a postdoctoral researcher in wind energy at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center.

Clara St. MartinClara St. Martin Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 2017; B.S. The Pennsylvania State University in Meteorology with minor in Energy Engineering: Clara has studied atmosphere - wind energy interactions on a range of scales. She studied continental-scale correlations of winds and power production (ERL 2015). She assessed the relationship between upwind measurements of winds and the measurements on turbine nacelles (WES 2017), as well as atmospheric stability and atmospheric turbulence impacts on power production (WES 2016). During summers 2015 and 2016 she was an intern at GE Renewable Energy. While at CU, Clara was the lead forecaster for the TODS campaign and helped collect data in the CWEX-13, LUMEX, XPIA, and WFIP2 field campaigns. She is now a wind resource assessment engineer at GE.

Brian VanderwendeBrian Vanderwende Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 2015; M.S. University of Colorado at Boulder in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, B.S.  The Pennsylvania State University in Meteorology: Brian has quantified atmospheric stability impacts on wind turbine power production (ERL 2012), assessed if wind turbine power production is related to nearby crops (BLM 2016),  assessed lidar obsevations and mesoscale simulations of nocturnal low-level jet behavior in the midwest (MWR 2015), and employed large-eddy simulations to test mesoscale wind farm parameterizations (JAMES 2016).  He now works at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in scientific computing.

Matt AitkenMatt Aitken Ph.D. Physics CU Boulder, 2014; M.S. North Carolina State University in Aerospace Engineering, B.S. University of North Carolina in Physics: Matt studied wind turbine wakes via Doppler lidar observations and large eddy simulations. He has characterized the performance of lidars (JTech 2012), developed approaches for quantifying wake characteristics from scanning lidar and CFD models (JTech 2014), quantified wakes from nacelle-based lidar (JTech 2014b), and compared observations to large eddy simulations of a turbine with a generalized actuator disk model (JRSE 2014) to observations. After a postdoctoral research position at the Environmental Protection Agency, he is now a fellow at the Croatan Institute.

Michael Rhodes
Rhodes, M.S. University of Colorado at Boulder, Aerospace Engineering, B.S. North Carolina State University, Aerospace Engineering: Michael used Doppler lidar to quantify the wind speed deficit and turbulence enhancement of a turbine wake during the CWEX-11 experiment (BLM 2013), and continued to work with our instruments during the TODS, CWEX-13, and LUMEX campaigns. Michael currently works at NOAA's Earth Systems Research Laboratory in Boulder.

Undergraduate researchers

Patrick MurphyPatrick Murphy B.A. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, expected Dec 2018. Patrick joined our group in spring 2017, just in time to join the Perdigão field campaign. After returning to Boulder, he analyzed lidar and surface station data to characterize wind turbine wakes. In summer 2018, he deployed our lidars to support the ISARRA LASPE-RATE unmanned aerial system field campaign in southern Colorado. He is now an intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory analyzing atmospheric measurements for a wake steering field campaign.

Rachel Robey picRachel Robey B.S. University of Colorado at Boulder, Applied Math and Computer Science, 2017. Rachel explored the interaction of hurricanes and offshore wind farms using mesoscale models. In her spare time, Rachel is an avid climber and whitewater kayaker. She is now a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the ocean modeling group.

Jiwan RanaJiwan Rana B.S. University of Colorado at Boulder, Computer Science, 2015: Jiwan used python and NCL to provide insight into the atmospheric boundary layer datasets collected by our research group. (Check out his CWEX-13 data page!) He is interested in scientific visualization, parallel computing, and machine learning. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and photography, and spending time with his electric guitar.

Daniel Pollak
Daniel Pollak M.S.  European Wind Energy Master's Program, 2014; B.S. The Pennsylvania State University, Meteorology, 2011: Daniel evaluated the performance of a SODAR instrument during the TWICS-2011 experiment in summer 2011 and carried out simulations of an offshore wind farm in summer 2012. He is now an Associate at REsurety, Inc., working on Valuation & Risk Analytics.

Kelley Hestmark Kelley Hestmark B.S. University of Colorado at Boulder, Biochemistry and Environmental Engineering: During her summer undergraduate research experience in our group in 2012, Kelley analyzed Doppler lidar data from the TWICS-2011 experiment (JTech 2014). Kelley started graduate school at UC Davis in Fall 2014.


Philipp GaschPhilipp Gasch Ph.D. 2020 (expected) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), M.Sc., KIT, Meteorology, 2016; M.A., Tel Aviv University, Environmental Studies, 2014. Philipp is building a simulator in large-eddy simulation codes for airborne lidar measurements of boundary-layer winds to provide uncertainty quantification for those measurements. Philipp visited our group in Spring 2018.

Robert MenkeRobert Menke Ph.D. 2019 (expected) Danish Technical University, M.S. Engineering Physics University of Oldenburg, B. Eng. Engineering Physics University of Oldenburg. Robert managed several of DTU's scanning lidars during the Perdigao field campaign, and has used those data to characterize wind turbine wakes (WES2018) and investigate recirculation zones in the Perdigao valley (ACP2019). Robert visited our group Jan-Jul 2018.

Simon SiederslebenSimon Siedersleben Ph.D. 2019 (expected) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Simon is interested in offshore wind farm wakes and participated in the WIPAFF experiment to measure wakes (NSR2018), and he has carried out simulations of those wakes with the WRF wind farm parameterization to assess wind speed deficit predictions (MZ2018) as well as local temperature and moisture impacts (ERL2018) Simon visited our group in Fall 2017.

Mihael PlutMihael Plut M.S. 2016 European Wind Energy Master's Program. Mihael assessed methods for representing wind farms in WRF. He is now an engineer at GE Renewables in Nantes, France. Mihael visited our group Jan-Jul 2016.

Nicola BodiniNicola Bodini M.S.. 2016 University of Trento Environmental and Land Engineering. Nicola used scanning lidar data to characterize wind turbine wakes (AMT2017) in summer-fall 2016, and interannual variability in wind resource assessment (WES2016) when he visited our research group in summer 2015.

CWEXWakesVollmeretal2017 Lukas Vollmer Ph.D. 2019 ForWind, Carl-von-Ossietzky Universitat Oldenburg. Lukas uses large-eddy simulations to explore the behavior of wind turbine wakes, and used data from the CWEX-11 field campaign for his large-eddy simulations of wakes in a range of stability conditions (Visby2017). He visited our group in Fall of 2015.

Ken Tay: cartwheel at CWEX-13 Ken Tay Ph.D. 2018 Nanyang Technological University, B.Eng (Aero).  Nanyang Technological University in Aerospace Engineering: Ken nested Large-Eddy Simulation techniques within mesoscale weather models for the purpose of improving wind resource assessment. Ken visited CU-Boulder in May-June 2013 and again May 2014 - March 2015.

Gao XiaoxiaGao Xiaoxia Ph.D Building Service Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, M.S. Hebei University of Enginnering in HVAC, B.S Yanshan University: Gao has studied offshore wind resource assessment near Hong Kong. She quantified wind turbine wake characteristics from the CWEX-13 field campaign. Gao visited CU-Boulder in Apr-Jul 2014.

Emil Hedevang Lohse Sørensen Aarhus University, visitor Spring 2012

Martin de Mare Danish Technological University, visitor Spring 2012