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Building Research and Educational Capacity for Satellite Remote Sensing of Aerosols and their Radiative and Climate Change Impacts


Desert Research Institute/NASA Science Mission Directorate

The goal of this project was to build research and educational capacity in the state of Nevada for satellite remote sensing of aerosols and for assessing their radiative and climate change impacts. A significant result of the project has been the receipt of United States Patent No. 8,396,700, Aggregate Simulation by R.K. Chakrabarty, H. Moosmüller, M.A. Garro and C. Herald (2013). University of Nevada, Reno Three of our undergraduate students (Sumlin, Rainwater, and Karr) together with a fourth student (Zunino) founded a startup company “Mining Environmental Technology and Services” (METS) with the goal of commercializing some of our optical aerosol sensing technology for the mine safety marketplace. This spinoff was initially funded by the $50,000 prize they won in the 2012 Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition. The Mining Environmental Technology and Services (METS) team plans to develop, produce and market Ben Sumlin speaks for team METS after it won the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition. optical instruments to He is joined by teammates Heather Zunino, David Karr, and Bryan Rainwater. detect potentially harmful airborne particulates in mining workplaces, improving safety in the mining industry. In accepting the award, team leader Ben Sumlin explained that they were doing atmospheric research, using weather balloons to quantify distribution of pollution in the atmosphere, when they realized the same technology could also be put to use in the mines, to measure diesel exhaust and improve safety in the mines. Three (Sumlin, Rainwater, and Karr) of the four students in team METS were working on the NASA EPSCoR project “Building Research and Educational Capacity for Satellite Remote Sensing of Aerosols and their Radiative and Climate Change Impacts.” Hans Moosmuller, The technology proposed by METS is based on an instrument they developed Science PI for balloon platform sampling of aerosol light scattering coefficients in the Desert Research Institute atmosphere, from the surface to the stratosphere, in support of the NASA EPSCoR project. Drs. Arnott and Chakrabarty served as faculty adviser of team METS. Dr. Brian Cairns, NASA Technical Monitor, Ames Research Center

NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15



EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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