Getting to know MSISA Grad Students


Timothy LoftusTimothy Loftus
MSISA—Weather Information and Risk Management

Tim is originally from southern New Jersey and now resides in Lancaster, P.A. Currently he is enrolled in the Millersville University Master of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications with a specialization in Weather Information and Risk Management. In 2011, he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Meteorology from Millersville University. Tim also works full-time as Co-Manager of a retail company. Combining his experiences working in sales with continued studies in meteorology, he is focusing on researching weather derivatives. Tim hopes to one be of service to businesses that require weather derivatives to manage risk and minimize potential losses


AAmanda Mitchellmanda Mitchell
MSISA—Geoinformatics

Amanda is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Integrated Science Applications program with the specialty of Geoinformatics. The specialization focuses on merging earth imaging with georeferencing through ArcGIS, IDL/ENVI, and LiDAR. The goal of the program is to produce professionals with a cross-discipline expertise in both science and business. Amanda previously worked for the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation as an Accreditation Officer, receiving assessor certification in ISO/IEC 17025 standards. Her B.S. is in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from Millersville University.

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Amber HillAmber Hill
MSISA—Weather Intelligence and Risk Management

Amber, an AMS Member, is currently pursuing a MS in Integrated Scientific Applications with a concentration in Weather Intelligence and Risk Management. Amber graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a BS degree in earth science with a meteorology concentration. As an undergraduate, she also minored in mathematics and GIS/emergency management. In the summer of 2012, Amber was the GIS Technician Intern at the Badlands National Park in South Dakota where she helped create maps and set up the geodatabase and GPS PhotoLink for the park. Amber’s interests include community service, helping people become aware of weather and hazards, and climate policy.

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Faisal MahmoodFaisal Mahmood
MSISA—Weather Intelligence and Risk Management

Faisal is a first year graduate student pursuing a master's degree in Integrated Scientific Applications, specializing in Weather Intelligence and Risk Management. He earned his B.A. in Economics at University of Maryland, College Park in 2012, and has had a long-time interest in the geo-sciences, economics, and politics. He participated in the OWLeS project in January 2014, which was a detailed study of atmospheric conditions in upstate New York during multiple lake-effect snow events, mainly off Lake Ontario.


Eric HoutEric Hout
MSISA—Environmental Systems Management

Eric is pursuing a M.S. degree in Integrated Scientific Applications specializing in Environmental Systems Management. Upon graduation, He will be equipped with scientific expertise and strong business skills needed to manage environmentally related projects. Eric received B.S. degrees in Interdisciplinary Sciences and Mathematics from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. During his undergraduate career, he participated in numerous internships and research projects related to understanding individuals’ perceptions and preparedness to weather-related hazards.

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Craig PepperCraig Pepper
MSISA—Weather Intelligence and Risk Management

Craig is part of the Weather Intelligence and Risk Management specialization in the MSISA program at Millersville University. He was attracted to the degree program because of its unique goal of producing graduates who have scientific and technical knowledge as well as good business sense. Craig also holds a BS degree in Earth and Space Science Education and a MS degree in Geography/Geographic Information Systems. After a career teaching science in the public schools, Craig’s goal is to become involved in the field of renewable energy technologies.

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Christopher PrebishChristopher Prebish
MSISA—Weather Intelligence and Risk Management

Christopher Prebish is pursuing a MS degree in Integrated Scientific Applications with a specialization of Weather Intelligence and Risk Management. Christopher has received a B.S. in Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics from Millersville as well, and decided to stay for this new graduate program to continue his great experiences. Christopher has been on numerous research projects during his undergraduate studies, including the NASA funded DISCOVER-AQ which focuses on improving air quality forecasts and measurements from space. During his first year of graduate studies, he also participated in the National Science Foundation's Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems (OWLeS) project which focused on researching lake-effect snow in the Finger Lakes and Great Lakes regions of New York. Christopher hopes to use his applied knowledge of the atmosphere alongside with his newly learned business skills to help coordinate and manage atmospheric research projects.


Michael CharnickMichael Charnick
MSISA—Weather Intelligence and Risk Management

Michael is pursuing a M.S. in the MSISA program with an emphasis in Weather Intelligence and Risk Management. He has a B.S. in Meteorology from Millersville, and worked for AccuWeather as a forecaster before returning for his Master’s Degree. Currently, Michael is interning at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado as part of his field practicum for the MSISA program. While at NCAR, Michael is working as an apprentice in the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) project management division. EOL is training Michael with skills in planning, organization, and carrying out complex atmospheric research projects around the world. His position as student manager for multiple atmospheric field research studies while at Millersville has inspired him to pursue a career working in field project management.


Amanda KibbeAmanda Kibbe
MSISA—Climate Science Applications

Amanda is currently working as an Energy Policy Intern with the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation in Washington DC. She received her Master of Science degree in Integrated Scientific Applications, with a specialization in Climate Science Applications at Millersville University in December 2013. She also received her Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology in May of 2011 from Millersville University. Her primary interests are in the environmental, economic, and health impacts of climate change.

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