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Education

University of California, San Diego
BS Mechanical Engineering 1990

Research Interests

My research interests include the design and development of low-power sensor data collection and telemetry systems for the study of hydroclimate processes, and physical oceanography.

Current Research

Long-term hydroclimate monitoring project in California for Dr. Dan Cayan of the Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography for the the California Department of Water Resources.  Our research areas include the Sierra Mountains in and around Yosemite National Park, Devils Postpile National Monument, Piute Creek drainage of the White Mountains, Cabrillo National Monument, and the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve.

Forecast Informed Reservoir Observations for Dr. Marty Ralph and the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E).  As part of the project we are making balloon soundings and deploying a variety of instrumentation including rain radars, disdrometers, GPS-Met, and standard meteorological sensors at sites in and around the Russian River watershed north of San Francisco, CA.

Wave Growth and Oil Films for Dr Chip Cox and Dr. Xin Xhang of Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography.  Dr. Xhang is carrying on the work of his collaborator Dr. Cox who passed away in 2015 to discover the coupling processes at work at the air-sea interface and the physics behind damping waves by pouring oil on the surface.
https://scripps.ucsd.edu/giving/10000-donation-funds-oceanic-exploration

https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/research-highlight-analysis-1883-sea-rescue-leads-new-understanding-wave-energy

 Development Projects

Sensor and data acquisition system to measure the wind driven movement of the trees for UC San Diego's Stuart Collection newest installation, Wind Garden an immersive sound installation by composer John Luther Adams

Digital temperature probe for the Scripps Shore Stations Program. The instrument is used by collaborators to measure sea surface temperature at various points along the California coast adding valuable data to a more than 100 year record.  This is ongoing work to improve the useability and capabilities of the sensor.

Maker Space at the Hydraulics Laboratory a shared space with traditional tooling, digital design software, rapid prototyping tools, and test facilities with an emphasis on marine and earth sciences. It will serve as an educational space that promotes creativity and innovation, a collaborative space that fosters communication between diverse groups of people and research disciplines, and a design space for developing the next generation of scientists and engineers.  It will enable Scripps students to gain confidence, competence, and skills to engineer and manufacture equipment to support scientific research.

Scripps Technical Forum

Coordinator of the Scripps Technical Forum, which is a grassroots effort to make technical expertise and resources more widely available within the UCSD/Scripps community; to enhance communications between technical staff and departments; explore extended opportunities for interdepartmental collaboration, technology transfer, and industry interactions; to explore innovative solutions to emerging challenges; to monitor and disseminate trends and new technologies; and, aid in personnel retention and enhance job satisfaction, including continuing education, and opportunities for job growth.

Professional

Chair of the Hydraulics Laboratory Panel
Chair of the Marine Sciences Development Center Committee

Prior Development Work

Low-power tide gauge for Dr. Mark Zumberg of the Gravity Group in the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics.
http://gravity.ucsd.edu/

Redesign of the PUPPI-II Marine Piezometer for Dr. Mike Tryon of the Geosciences Research Division:

Design and construction of a temperature calibration tank in the Hydraulics Laboratory for Dr. Todd Martz of the Geosciences Research Division.
http://martzlab.ucsd.edu/


 

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