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Andrew ClarkAndrew Clark
Environmental Systems Management

Andrew grew up in Annville, Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University, University Park campus. While at Penn State, Andrew went abroad for a semester in Perth, Australia, studying marine biology and sustainability. During the summer of 2014, Andrew participated NASA’s Discover-AQ project in Golden, Colorado, studying air quality. In the spring of 2015, Andrew will be completing his practicum through the Lancaster County Conservancy where he will be conducting stream property analysis. Andrew is passionate about conservation and preservation, and hopes to find employment upon graduation within environmental consulting or restoration at either a corporation or a non-profit.

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Andrew ClarkJuanmanuel Hernandez
Weather Intelligence and Risk Management

Juan grew up in Los Angeles, but moved to Fort Worth, Texas before graduating high school. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology with a minor in Oceanography from Texas A&M University. As an undergraduate, Juan participated in the Texas A&M Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, led student groups into the Great Plains for storm chasing adventures, and was the musical director/president of the Texas A&M mariachi band. During the summer of 2013, Juan participated in the Mesoscale Predictability Experiment (MPEX) in west Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Additionally, in the summer of 2014, Juan participated in NASA’s Discover-AQ project in Golden, Colorado. Juan has a long-standing interest in the National Weather Service. He has interned at the NWS offices in El Paso and Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, where he helped with operations and conducted research on forecasts and warning products. After completing the MSISA program, Juan hopes to be employed by the National Weather Service in order to help protect life and property through decision support services. 

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Amber HillAmber Hill
Climate Science Applications

Amber grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science with a Meteorology concentration. 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 climate policy, community service, and helping people become aware of weather hazards.

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Eric HoutEric Hout
Environmental Systems Management

Eric grew up in northeastern South Dakota. He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and received Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Sciences, specializing in Atmospheric Sciences. As an undergraduate, Eric conducted a year-long research project in which he surveyed a vulnerable neighborhood of Rapid City, South Dakota to determine residents' perceptions and preparedness for flash flooding events. Additionally, Eric served as an intern with Lancaster Farmland Trust during the summer of 2014 where he used GIS to determine how agriculture best management practices could be solutions to municipalities' impairments in stormwater drainage in Lancaster County. In addition to the MSISA degree, Eric is pursuing a graduate certificate in Business from Shippensburg University. Eric is passionate about stormwater management, water resources management, environmental justice and reconciliation, climate change communication, community outreach, and food sustainability. Upon graduation, he plans to find employment within a conservation or land trust non-profit.

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Amanda KopilAmanda Kopil
Environmental Systems Management

Amanda grew up outside of Reading, Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Albright College in Reading. Amanda was actively involved in a variety of internship and field experiences throughout her academic career. She served as a climate change intern with the National Park Service at Rock Creek State Park in Washington DC, where she compiled information on the effect of climate change on the park. As an surveying intern with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, she helped the city of Reading prepare for the influx of the Emerald Ash Borer by recording relevant information for ash trees. She also served as a GIS analyst for the city of Reading. Finally, Amanda travelled to Peru and conducted a field experiment regarding past Amazon flooding by collecting data on the crop usage of native peoples. Amanda is passionate about ensuring human developments and the environment coincide in a symbiotic fashion, and would like to become a professional business leader with an environmental consulting agency or other firm.

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Philip LeungPhilip Leung
Environmental Systems Management

Phil grew up in New Jersey and attended Rutgers University – New Brunswick campus where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. As an undergrad, Phil interned at the New Jersey 101.5 radio station where he wrote weather blogs, scripted on-air weather forecasts, and assisted the on-staff meteorologist with daily forecasts. Phil also was an active member of the Rutgers Student Volunteer Council, where he participated in events such as Winter Wishes, Monster Mash, Dance Marathon, and Scarlet Day of Service. Phil is passionate about understanding how the weather and the environment are interrelated. He intends to combine his meteorology degree with the Environmental Systems Management specialization and find employment in either public policy or consulting for weather and air quality. Phil also enjoys following hurricanes and tornadoes. 

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Tim LoftusTim Loftus
Weather Intelligence and Risk Management

Tim Loftus grew up in southern New Jersey and earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Millersville University in 2011. While in school he worked as an assistant manager for a retail company. Through the MSISA program, Tim has pursued research combining his passion for weather and his experiences in retail sales. Using weather derivatives, he hopes to change the way retailers behave and react to daily weather forecasts in order to reduce potential company losses. He is confident his research will provide empirical evidence of daily weather variability impacts on retail store performance. Tim believes the future is open for the weather-derivative industry, and would like to be a part of it.

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Tim LoftusFaisal Mahmood
Weather Intelligence and Risk Management

Faisal grew up outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012. As an MSISA student, 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. He has a long-time interest in the geosciences, economics, and politics. 

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Amanda KibbeAmanda Mitchell

Amanda has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Physics from Millersville University. She previously worked for the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation as an Accreditation Officer, receiving assessor certification in ISO/IEC 17025 standards.

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Nathan MurryNathan Murry

Nate grew up in southern Lancaster County. He graduated with an associate's degree in Electronics Technologies from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in 2000 and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Oceanography from Millersville in 2014. Nate has been involved in several research projects over his academic career, including a data analysis of geospatial imagery on Virginia's Eastern Shore, a statistical analysis of ocean drifter data in the Gulf of Mexico, and a geo-referencing of various locations of coastal species in gauging ecological conservation efforts. In addition to the MSISA program, Nate is also training for his PADI Open Water Diver certification and is directing the Millersville Submersible Research Team. Nate sees his studies in GeoInformatics as a capstone to his many years of training and practical experience in technical geoscience disciplines. His vocational goal is to fuse his technical and data analysis skills with scientific knowledge of the oceans, coasts, and estuaries to address real-world problems facing coastal regions. In particular, he is interested in researching the mitigation of the effects of sea-level rise. When he is not studying geoinformatics, oceanography, or electronics, Nate plays ice hockey, spends time with his son, and travels mentally about Middle Earth.

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Luke Paris

Luke Paris
Environmental Systems Management

Luke grew up outside of Frederick, Maryland and received a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Salisbury University. As an undergrad, he interned at WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Maryland, assisting meteorologists with daily weather forecasts.  After graduating from Salisbury, Luke was employed for a year with WeatherBug/Earth Networks as a meteorological operations intern.  

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Chris PrebishChris Prebish
Environmental Systems Management

Chris grew up in a northern suburb of Philadelphia. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology and a minor in Mathematics from Millersville. As an undergraduate, Chris was involved with numerous research projects, including the NASA funded DISCOVER-AQ which focused 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. Chris hopes to use his applied knowledge of the atmosphere alongside with the business skills gained through the MSISA program to help coordinate and manage atmospheric research projects. 

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Kevin SinwellKevin Sinwell
Weather Intelligence and Risk Management

Kevin grew up all over the United States, having lived in the DC Metro area, North Dakota, Texas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology with a specialization in Weather Risk Management and a minor in Energy, Business, and Finance. During the summer of 2014, Kevin participated in the NASA Discover-AQ project in Golden, Colorado. After receiving his Master’s degree, Kevin would like to begin a career in commodity trading or weather derivatives. He would like to find employment with an energy company, weather insurance company, or investment bank.

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