Education

2016-present | North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • M.S. Atmospheric Science (concentration in Air Quality)

2012-2016 | North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • B.S. Meteorology (magna cum laude)

 

Research & Work Experience

August 2016-present | Teaching Assistant, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations
  • Plan, prepare, and develop various teaching aids such as bibliographies, charts, and graphs
  • Use computers, audiovisual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations

June 2016-present | Master's Thesis Research, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • Studying concentration and deposition of reactive nitrogen
  • Considering the effect of micrometeorology parameters and how these parameters lead to dispersion of ammonia and other nitrogen species
  • Modeling with AERMOD to determine the fate of nitrogen concentrations downwind

July 2016-May 2017 | Volunteer for Entomology Research Field Experiment, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • Conducted measurements of gaseous nitrogen oxides and ammonia
  • Learned to set-up & maintain measurement equipment
  • Assisted with calibrations of chamber measurements at high and low concentrations

May 2016-August 2016 | Volunteer Research Assistant, NOAA National Weather Service, Raleigh, NC

  • Prepared materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations
  • Provided ready access to all experimental data for the supervisor
  • Conducted literature reviews, collected and analyzed data

January 2016-May 2016 | Student Intern, NOAA National Weather Service, Raleigh, NC

  • Wrote and published forecast products for pubic use
  • Interpreted and analyzed effects of surface and upper-air data and other meteorological phenomena to develop the field of meteorology
  • Observed and recorded atmospheric conditions to support forecast and warning development
  • Operated hydrometeorlogical observing equipment including radar
  • Operated communications systems to provide assistance with public outreach and weather briefings to a variety of customers
  • Shadowed a variety of shifts to simulate a NWS career at all positions within the office

September 2015-August 2016 | Operational Forecaster / Assistant Programmer, Early Alert, Inc., Palm City, FL

  • Worked from a remote site to complete daily projects with a team
  • Collaborated with group members to produce forecasts for companies by a deadline
  • Developed Python programming scripts to analyze atmospheric model data

May 2015-August 2015 | REU Summer Intern, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

  • Built CM1 model runs with varying warm bubble dimensions and thermal perturbations to test the sensitivities to these variables
  • Manipulated Fortran code within CM1 model to examine the effects of thunderstorm size and structure by changing the skew-t soundings in different model runs
  • Incorporated work done by a colleague into my project to compare the orographic and thermal forcings on MCS development in order to expand the results
  • Analyzed data and constructed visuals with Python, MATLAB, and Excel
  • Produced an individual and unpublished work entitled "Initial Warm Bubble Perturbation Effects on Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs) and Comparison of Orographic and Thermal Forcings"

August 2014-December 2015 | Independent Undergraduate Researcher, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • Utilized literature review to develop an idea for research regarding tropical cyclone size in the Atlantic Ocean and environmental humidity
  • Correlated wind data from NHC‘s Best Track Data Set with GFS moisture data at initialization from Iowa State‘s GEMPAK servers
  • Gathered GFS data using Fortran script and correlated the data within Excel to find layers and pressure levels with highest correlation values
  • Concluded that the 850mb level and 600-850mb layer are most influential to tropical cyclone size according to this experiment

 

Conference Presentations

6. Baker, J. (2017). Ammonia on the Delmarva Peninsula from Agricultural Practices: A Study of Concentrations and Deposition from a Broiler CAFO. Presented at the 2017 NC BREATHE Meeting, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC.

5. Baker, J. (2017). Ammonia on the Delmarva Peninsula from Agricultural Practices: A Study of Concentrations and Total Deposition from a Broiler CAFO. Presented at the North Carolina State University Graduate Student Research Symposium, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

4. Baker, J. & Wiegand, R. (2016). Orographic and Thermodynamic Forcings and the Effect on Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs). Presented at the 96th Annual American Meteorological Society Meeting, New Orleans Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.

3. Baker, J. (2015). Warm Bubble Perturbation Effects on Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs) in a Conditionally Unstable Environment. Presented at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Joint REU Symposium, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.

2. Baker, J. & Wiegand, R. (2015). Comparing the effects of Orographic and Thermodynamic Forcings on Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs). Presented at the North Carolina A&T State REU Research Symposium, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC.

1. Baker, J. (2015). Relative Humidity Effects on the Size of Atlantic Hurricanes. Presented at the North Carolina State University Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

 

Awards & Honors

April 2017 | Air & Waste Management Association‘s Environmental Management or Policy Research and Study Related to Air Quality Scholarship
March 2017 | NC BREATHE Conference Award for Modeling Research
May 2016 | AmericanGraduate of the NC State MEAS Honor’s Program
May 2013-May 2016 | Dean‘s List (7 consecutive semesters)
August 2012 | Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship

 

Professional Affiliations

April 2017-present | Air & Waste Management Association, Member
May 2015-August 2015 | Daily Weather Briefings (NC A&T State University), Member
January 2015-May 2016 | NC State Research, Forecast, and Development Club, Member
November 2014-May 2016 | NC State Sounding Club, Member
October 2014-May 2016 | NC State Storm Chasing Club, Member
September 2014-May 2016 | NC State National WxChallenge Team, Member
August 2014-present | American Meteorological Society, Member
August 2012-May 2016 | NC State Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, Member
August 2012-May 2016 | Student Wolfpack Club, Member
August 2012-May 2013 | NC State Weather, Member

 

Research Skills

Languages: MATLAB, Python, Fortran, HTML, NCL, R
Simulation Software: CM1, WRF, AERMOD and Pre-processors
Platforms: LINUX, Windows 7/8/10
Data Visualization: GrADS, IDV, GEMPAK, GARP
Tools: Microsoft Office