Current Members

Michael Tai Bryant - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Current Research:
Organizing storm data collected from Poga Mountain, creating graphs from the data to check any correllations, and placing the data and graphs on a web page. Analyzing the vertical profile of storms.

B.S. Chemistry with minor in Environmental Science - N.C. State University - 2010

Personal Interests: Protecting the environment, stocks, making money, baseball, basketball, football, Star Trek

Current Hometown: Apex, North Carolina

Attended: Apex High School

Extra Comment: AV malformation rupture at the age of six

Favorite Movies: Top Gun, Waterboy, Zoolander

Favorite Quote: "All that is needed for the triumph of evil is for a good man to do nothing." - Edmund Burke Tears of the Sun

Favorite Website:

  • National Weather Service homepage
  • WRAL
  • AIRNow - Air Quality
  • yahoo finance
  • MSN money
  • Boston Red Soxs
  • Casey Burleyson - Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

    Research Interests:
    I am working to better understand the relationship between physical precipitation processes and the patterns that manifest from their occurrence. Along the way I am analyzing in-situ and remotely sensed observations of marine stratocumulus in the southeastern Pacific from the VOCALS experiment. My previous work has involved virga observed by vertically pointing radar and the enhancement of precipitation by small islands in the tropical open ocean.
    NASA Earth System and Space Science Fellowship

    B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2007
    M.S. Applied Mathematics - Columbia University - 2008

    Personal Interests:
    Outside of meteorology I enjoy reading non-fiction books, mainly post-WWII political history and biographies. I'm an avid fan of The Beatles (particularly John Lennon) and some may argue that I'm obsessed with baseball - although I prefer to think of it as maintaining a healthy curiosity.

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, NC

    Favorite Quotes: ""To become really good at something, everyone needs a time in their life where they put their heart and soul into it" Chuck Doswell
    "Symmetry is nice but asymmetry." Anonymous

    Jeff Cunningham - Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

    Current Research:
    Broadly--radar meteorology. Future research will likely include the use of radar observations in the Pacific Northwest to improve our general understanding of orographically induced precipitation.

    B.S. Meteorology - United States Air Force Academy, CO - 2002
    M.S. Meteorology - Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA - 2006
    Thesis: Applying Ensemble Prediction Systems to Department of Defense Operations

    Eckel, F. A., J. Cunningham, and D. Hetke, 2008: "Weather and the Calculated Risk: Exploiting Forecast Uncertainty for Operational Risk Management" Air and Space Power Journal, 22, 71-82.

    I am a Weather Officer in the United States Air Force and have been on active duty since commissioning in 2002. I've been assigned to various locations across the world and have enjoyed roles as an operational forecaster, weather briefer, and scientist during those assignments.

    Personal Interests:
    I love spending time with my beautiful wife and lovely daughters. I also enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking, and gardening.

    Hometown: Ocala, FL

    Favorite Quote: "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13

    Andrew Hall - Lead Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Current Research:
    Developing techniques to process and catalog vertically-pointing radar data.

    Personal Interests:
    Board games (real ones...), video games, disc golf, listening to podcasts, camping, swimming

    Hometown: Winter Park, FL

    Favorite Books/Movies/TV/Music:
    Ender's Game, the Shannara series, Make magazine, watching all 6 episodes of Star Wars in order, Stargate the TV series, West Wing, Friends, Good Eats, Dinner Impossible, Guster, DMB, 80's music!

    Favorite Quote:
    "Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works." -Carl Sagan

    Nathan Hardin - Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

    Current Research: Discrete cell contributions to precipitation in the Pacific Northwest. Controls on orographic snow in Steamboat Springs, CO and Boulder, CO.

    B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2006
    M.S. Atmospheric Sciences - N.C. State University - 2008

    Personal Interests:
    All things good - Saltwater fishing, Hunting, Gardening, the Outdoors, and delicious food.

    Hometown: Greenville, NC

    Favorite Quote:
    "It is not length of life, but depth of life." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Matthew Miller - Post-Doc Research Scientist

    Current Research: Error characterization with the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite.

    NASA Earth System and Space Science Fellowship

    B.S. Meteorology - N.C. State University - 2004
    M.S. Atmospheric Sciences - N.C. State University - 2007
    Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences - N.C. State University - 2010

    Personal Interests:
    World of Warcraft, Harry Potter, Computer Graphics, Photography

    Hometown: Moyock, NC

    Favorite Quote:
    "Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!" -Percy Shelly "Ozymandias"

    Favorite Websites:
    The Sugar Quill
    Phoenix Song (The Wolf Web)
    The Leaky Cauldron
    WoW Break
    Digital Blasphemy

    Matthew Woelfle - Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Current Research:
    Analysis of orographic precipitation and associated velocity fields.

    Personal Interests:
    Habitat for Humanity, Camping, Ultimate Frisbee, Hockey

    Hometown: Wake Forest, NC

    1984, Ender's Game, Gladiator, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Dark Knight, Journey

    Favorite Quote:
    "Humanity isn't a physical description, it's a spiritual goal. It's not something we're given, it's something we earn."-Richard Bach

    Dr. Sandra Yuter - Imperious Leader

    Department Web Page:

    Personal Interests:
    science fiction, cat watching, Lego Ultimate Collector

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Eureka, Battlestar Galactica, Good Eats

    Hometown: Holly Springs, NC

    Tim - The Enchanter

    Current Research:

    • Optimization of the mithril inscribing technique for Dwarven master runes using the Felbeard Dreadhammer method.
    • Arithmagical modeling of the lost Flamel alchemical transmutations.

    B.S. Wizardry - Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry - 1897
    M.S. Thaumaturgy - Salem Institute for Magic - 1899
    Ph.D. Arcane Runic Studies - Massachusetts Institute of Technomancy - 2002

    Selected Publications:
    Cleese, J., T. Jones, T. Enchanter, 2003: Computational fluid dynamic modeling of the air speed of an unladen European Swallow. J. Pract. Aerodyn., 87, 1456-1471.

    Enchanter, T., J. Cleese, D. Adams, 2004: The meaning of life, the universe, and everything: a quantitative study. Eur. J. Metaphy., 42, 10266-10284.

    Enchanter, T., 2004: Rune words and their uses in daemon slaying and beer pong. Daemonology and Drinking Games, 245, 486-497.

    Personal Interests:
    Archery, Raising the Dead, Ten Pen Bowling, Blacksmithing, Grail Questing, Debauchery, and Darts

    Hometown: Little Whinging, Surrey, UK