SUPER Alumni

2016 SUPER Interns

Julian Claudio :: University of Colorado Boulder

Topic of EOL Internship: NCAR Balloon Borne Replicator

Abstract: The NCAR balloon borne replicator is an instrument used by MMM to replicate ice crystals in upper atmospheric clouds.  A team of German scientists working with Carl Schmitt bought two of the instruments.  However, there were no existing 3D models or engineering drawings of the instrument.  My job was to document, redesign, and create engineering drawings of the replicator so that it could be manufactured for the team of scientists who purchased the instruments.  The replicators were successfully manufactured, assembled and sent to Germany in late July.

Nicholas DeCicco :: Rowan University 

Topic of EOL Internship: Convert Legacy GENPRO-I data to the modern NetCDF format

Abstract: Changing computer architectures and language specifications, and the reduced availability (or complete unavailability) of legacy computer hardware, software compilers and storage media can make preserving access to legacy data difficult if not impossible.  GENPRO-I was a data acquisition system including a file format of the same name used by NCAR EOL to store observational weather data from the mid - 1970's to the mid - 1980's.  No remaining usable software existed to read this format. NetCDF is a modern format which may be adapted to store any type of data, and has established itself as the de facto standard for portable data storage in the atmospheric sciences.  With this project, a set of software programs were developed to convert legacy GENPRO-I data to the modern NetCDF format to make this data available once more to researchers for analysis.

Matthew Daily :: University of California Santa Barbara

Topic of EOL Internship: GNI Analyzer: Creating a Modern Software Framework for a Ground-Based Imaging and Analysis Instrument

Abstract: The aim of this project was to create an object - oriented and networked software framework for command and control operation of the Giant Nuclei Impactor (GNI) Analyzer imaging and analysis instrument.  By using modern software tools and object - oriented design, we created an expandable and modular software interface which enables control and monitoring of USB analog/digitial I/O devices, and RS3 32 - based microscope stage controller, and FireWire - based cameras all from a remote computer. 

Joseph Ronsivalle :: University of Pittsburgh

Topic of EOL Internship: Mobile 449 MHz Wind Profiler

Abstract: EOL's Mobile 449 MHz Wind Profiler, intended for rapid deployment on a variety of transport platforms is scheduled for completion in 2017.  Electronic components for the system, both COTS and custom, were tested in isolation to verify that performance was within acceptable limits.  The results were documented for use during system integration. 


2015 SUPER Interns

Katie McMenamin :: Swarthmore College

Topic of EOL Internship: Optical Array Probe

Abstract: An Optical Array Probe detects cloud particles and measures their shapes and sizes as they pass through a laser beam and cast a shadow onto a receiving diode array.  These measurements are used to estimate the physical characteristics of cloud drops and ice crystals and to generate particle size distributions.  At high airspeeds particles move faster through the probe and the duration of their shadow decreases.  The quick response time of the diode array is critical to the recognition of small particles, which must be compensated for to avoid low skewed concentration estimates.  The time response was measured and characterized for each diode and the effects of these results on sample volumes were modeled. 

Hien Nguyen :: Union College

Topic of EOL Internship: Design and Development of NCharts for Data Processing

Abstract: EOL field projects generate a large amount of raw data everyday that needs to be processed into graphical visualization for analysis.  This process is inconvenient because it required a significant amount of time for a detailed graph to be constructed.  It is desired to have a quick and simple look at the data after it is collected.  My project at EOL during the summer is to design and develop NCharts, whic a python django server based website that can plot the raw data into interactive graphs and update them in real time basis.   All current EOL projects can be accessed on NCharts and the software provides different graphical interfaces for different types of data.  This project will reduce the amount of time needed to process the results and view them in a simple manner.

Lucas Reed :: University of Colorado Boulder

Topic of EOL Internship: Powering Remote Field Sensors

Abstract: EOL ISF has a variety of low power field sensors that require a reliable power source.  Often in remote areas, these sensors don't have access to a power outlet or other preexisting infrastructure.  The remote sensors being targeted with this project are often in the open and can utilize solar power.  To effectively power remote field sensors and to improve on the current power system, a PCB is being designed, built, tested, and implemented.  It is being designed to accept and maximize solar power, handle energy storage, and output a steady 12V low power signal for the sensor.  It is intended to fit in a small and light package that will be easy to deploy in the field.  The final product will effectively and efficiently power a variety of EOL ISF's remote field sensors.

Scott Hally :: University of Pittsburgh

Topic of EOL Internship: High Power Amplifier for the 449 MHz Modular Wind Profiler

Abstract: EOL ISS utilizes a 449 MHz modular wind profiler, a scalable radar system that profiles the wind and structure of the atmospheric boundary layer and the troposphere.  One of the important building blocks of this radar system is a high power amplifier that receives a pulsed radio frequency signal and increases its power before being emitted by the system.  In the design process of the amplifier, a series of nine tests must be run on the amplifier to characterize its performance before being implemented in the radar system.  These tests simulate possible real - life scenarios to determine how the amplifier will perform in different situations.  When these tests are conducted manually, it takes approximately two weeks to complete.  LabVIEW software was designed in order to automate each of the nine tests, which decreases the amount of time needed to test, eliminates the need for a person to test the amplifiers, and increases quality and repeatability of test results. 


2014 SUPER Interns

Julian Quick :: Humboldt State University

           Topic of EOL Internship: Live Data Monitoring Via Quality Control Metadata

            Abstract: Development of a real - time data monitoring system for aircraft instrumentation using quality control metadata.  Live data is compared to metadata, and the             results are piped to the Nagios system core as passive checks.  These results are displayed for aircraft technicians, reporting instrument failures.  Quality control                       metadata was restructured from binary to XML in an effort to simplify RAF's processing system.  A graphic user interface was developed to edit the XML metadata, and             an API was created to integrate the new metadata format into RAF's existing infrastructure. 

Brandon Butterfield :: Arizona State University

Topic of EOL Internship: Redesign of Automated Giant Nuclei Impactor

 Abstract: Size distributions of giant aerosol particles (dry radius larger than 0.5 μm) are not well characterized in the atmosphere.  Measurement is problematic for  these particles that occur in low concentrations.  The Giant Nuclei Impactor 9GNI) is a high - volume impaction system based on free - stream exposure of polycarbonate slides from the aircraft.  It operates as an automated multi axis of motion robot utilizing stepper motors for the positioning of each axis of motion.  This system reduces the number of times that the slides need to be handled.  A multi axis robot system can face several difficulties relating to the environment the instrument is exposed to during flight.  Several modifications have been made to the original design in addition to testing in stimulated environments.  The expected outcome of this project is a fully operational system that will operate on both the NCAR/NSF C-130 and GV aircraft. 

Jose Diaz :: University of Puerto Rico

Topic of EOL Internship: Multi Layer Radome Design and Experimental Characterization of Scattering and Propagation Properties for Atmospheric Radar Applications

Abstract: Water accumulated on the radome surface can significantly affect the radar signal.  Depending on the frequency of operation, rain and wind conditions, shape and material, a radome can significantly attenuate, reflect, and depolarize the radar or communication signals.  A new experimental approach to accurately characterize the scattering and propagation properties of multi layer radome under artificial rain conditions was developed over the summer.  The main goals were: 1) Present the development of a unique and automated radome station test. 2) Characterize the effective dielectric constant, tangent loss, attenuation, reflections, and induced cross - polarization for a multi layer sandwich radome for X-band under the influence of controlled artificial rain, and 3) Use the measured results to validate the analytical model proposed for estimating the drop distribution on a radome surface based on skin surface material, and area inclination. 


2013 SUPER Interns

Darin Baker :: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Electrical Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: RAF Ozone Photometers: Improvements to the Electrical and Data Acquisition Design

Abstract: Add a mass air flow sensor to the ozone photometer instruments to allow for direct measure of air flow rather than relying on derived calculation of air flow, and redesign ozone photometer light detection board amplifiers to reduce 1/f noise and improve overall signal-to-noise ratio to allow for measurement of ozone content to an accuracy of 2 parts-per-billion.

David Long :: Colorado School of Mines, Mechanical Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: RAF Ozone Photometers: Design and Implementation of Pressure and Flow Control Systems for Airborne Operation

Abstract: Add a compressor and critical orifice to ozone photometer instruments to maintain mass flow rate at a nearly constant level independent of highly variable atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity. New components of the system must be minimally reactive with ozone to avoid changing the measured ozone concentrations.

Michael Patterson :: Colorado School of Mines, Computer Science

Topic of EOL Internship: Data in Real Time

Abstract: This project developed real time, interactive charts to display weather data on a webpage as it is produced. A Django webserver reading NetCDF files serves the data to the charts. By displaying live data feeds on any device with an internet connection, researchers can more quickly observe errors in the measurements and interesting trends. 

Frank Erdesz :: University of Colorado at Boulder, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Integrated Magnetic Mechanism for Dropsonde Parachute Deployment

Abstract: Reliable deployment of dropsonde parachutes is essential for accurate data acquisition. The current parachute deployment system on board manned aircraft relies on human timing. The addition of this magnet-based system facilitates predictable parachute deployment and relieves the operator from this task. 


2012 SUPER Interns

Kaiser Ali :: University of Maryland College Park, Electrical Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Serializer

Abstract:  This job involves designing and building an interface between a sonic anemometer, an analog device and the ISFS data system. The sonic sends binary serial messages at a rate of 60 messages/second. At the beginning of each record a sample must be taken from the analog device, scaled and an ascii representation attached to the end of the sonic message as it is forwarded to the data system. Output will be optional between two choices: serial RS232 or a Bluetooth radio module.

Devin Brown :: Metropolitan State University of Denver, Computer Science/Mathematics

Topic of EOL Internship: Field-Catalog Monitoring with Nagios

Abstract: The project focuses on developing a robust Ruby backend for use with the Nagios IT Infrastructure Monitoring Platform. This includes the creation of an automated and configurable system that checks incoming data streams for potential ingestion issues, and ultimately allows for a timely response with detailed notifications.

Stephanie Fawaz :: Harvey Mudd College, Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Remote Control of Field Aircraft Instrumentation

Abstract: Rather than board a cramped aircraft flying through all kinds of weather conditions to monitor and control instruments on the plane, clients can send commands and receive status updates from the ground about their instrument instead. This is done using a secure, encrypted TCP connection between a proxy client and the ground server and UDP datagrams sent from the ground server to the aircraft.

Taylor Hall :: University of Colorado at Boulder, Computer Science

Topic of EOL Internship: Building a UI for Easier Lidar Data Access

Abstract: Creating a graphic interface to allow for easier access to graphs of data collected by HSRL for those unfamiliar with the command-line interface.

Andrew Nelson :: Colorado School of Mines, Electrical Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Bluetooth Networking on Embedded Systems

Abstract: This project focuses on wirelessly connecting Linux based data systems using Bluetooth networking. This is done over long ranges (up to 1 Kilometer) with multiple data systems connecting to one central hub. This Bluetooth network is intended to replace either a wired network or a standard Wi-Fi wireless network.


2011 SUPER Intern

Monica Jacobs :: Cornell University, Mechanical Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Porting forms from the Plone site to the new Drupal site

Krish Ramkumar :: Portland State University, Electrical Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Testing multi-antenna configuration of the 449 MHz wind profiler

Kyle Quintero ::

Topic of EOL Internship: Testing multi-antenna configuration of the 449 MHz wind profiler


2010 SUPER Interns

Ryan Orendorff ::

Topic of EOL Internship: Porting old DOS based controller of CO2 laser system to linux

Fatoumata Dembele :: Michigan State University, Computer Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Creating Hardware monitoring system for S-PolKa as well as web interface to display results

Emtiaz Hassan ::

Topic of EOL Internship: Modification, testing, and integration of a new RF Amplifier for the 449MHz wind profiler


2009 SUPER Interns

Rose-Gaëlle Belinga :: Auburn University, Software Engineering

>> See Rose's summary presentation

Dan Lagreca :: University of Michigan, Computer Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Wrote linux Kernel drivers with controlling software to operate multiple camera systems on the NSF/NCAR GV

>> See Dan's summary presentation

Greg Busch :: Ohio State University, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Black Body Radiation

>> See Greg's summary presentation

Kristen Brenner :: University of Colorado Boulder, Aerospace Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Designing an Antenna Fairing for the G-V for the SPRITES program

>> See Kristen's summary presentation


2008 SUPER Interns

Prerna Bang :: Georgia Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Universal angle position indicator

Abstract: Digital controller and interface for a synchro to digital and angle display unit for an antenna controller.

Rose-Gaëlle Belinga :: Auburn University, Software Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Refactoring C++ code for ASPEN to the Qt toolkit

Abstract: Refactor the Atmospheric Sounding Processing Environment (Aspen) software to use the Qt toolkit in place of a Windows-specific framework, so that the software can be run on a wider range of systems.

Andrew Leung :: University of Colorado Boulder, Electrical Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: The Upgrade of the ELDORA Control Bus

Abstract: The Electra Doppler Radar (ELDORA) will be fielded during the THORPEX Pacific Asian Regional Campaign (T-PARC) in 2008. During the last deployment of ELDORA (RAINEX, 2005), several reliability problems were identified with the fiber optic based ELDORA Control Bus (ECB). This bus is used to program critical devices in the radar such as the frequency synthesizers and stepped attenuators. Drew will present an Ethernet based ECB which will provide improved reliability and will make the addition of future subsystems simpler.


2007 SUPER Interns

Tim Allarid :: University of Colorado Boulder, Mechanical Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Driftsonde Observing System: A Redesign of the Gondola Package

Abstract: The first deployment of the Driftsonde at AMMA in 2006 was a huge success, but did reveal problems due to environmental conditions at 65,000 ft. As with other space and near space instrumentation, there is no second chance once a subsystem has failed. Tim will present the redesign and structural testing of the new Driftsonde gondola which is expected to improve the reliability of the system.

Jacqueline Hibbard :: University of Michigan, Aerospace and Aeronautics Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Cloud Radar/Lidar: C-130 Installation Design and Stress Analysis

Abstract: The Wyoming Cloud Radar (WCR) and Cloud Lidar (WCL) will be installed on the C-130 for use in the ICE-L field campaign which starts in September 2007. A new antenna was added to the WCR, but due to the configuration of the aircraft, the antenna is located approximately 13 ft from the transmitter. Jackie will present the design for a mounting structure for the waveguide that will connect the transmitter to the antenna, and can withstand the appropriate loading conditions. She will also present the design for the radar and lidar window mounting components and the analysis of these components under conditions of gust loading, emergency landing, and pressurization.

Oluleye Olorode :: Benedict College, Electrical Engineering

Topic of EOL Internship: Tracking and Positioning of a Laser Beam

Abstract: Automatic correction for drift in lidar transmitter pointing angle to maintain strict alignment of the received beam with the receiver, is critical for optimal lidar operation, especially when the lidar is operating unattended. Monitoring hardware must be capable of tracking the position of received light from a lidar system in which the signal levels are in the micro- to nanowatts region, and the backscattered light duration is in the tens of microseconds. 'Leye will present the design and implementation of the electronics and LabView code for an novel beam centering unit for the Raman-shifted Eye-safe Aerosol Lidar (REAL) which will allow the transmitted beam to be deterministically positioned to center the received beam.