Monday, April 9, 2012

"Chasing Inter-disciplinary while Chasing Tornados"

On March 30, 2012, Professor David Mclaughlin, Associate Dean of the UMass Amherst College of Engineering and Director of the ERC for the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, CASA present a lecture "Chasing Inter-disciplinary while Chasing Tornados"
to the University Hartford Sigma Xi Club and the IEEE Student Branch.

Sophisticated tornado tracking systems are routine in known tornado-prone areas. But tornados also touch down in other, less prepared areas. How should we improve the response to weather emergencies in these regions? A better system would require collaboration among engineers, computer scientists, meteorologists, sociologists, and other researchers.
Professor McLaughlin gave a part-technical, part human interest talk that examined the challenges, pleasures, and opportunities for the interdisciplinary research required to address an important national need and provides an exciting and fertile learning environment for future science and engineering students.

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