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NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science personnel
meet with ATDD scientists

October, 2017

On Thursday, 5 October, scientists at ATDD hosted a visit by a group of personnel representing NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). The meeting was held to explore potential collaborative research between NCAS members and ATDD. Attending from NCAS were Dr. Vernon Morris, Director and Principal Investigator and Ricardo Sakai, Research Associate from Howard University, and Dr. Jose Fuentes from Penn State University. Kafayat Olayinka, a graduate student from Howard University, and Zachary Moon, a graduate student from Penn State, were also in attendance. Presentations were made by staff from both NCAS and ATDD to provide background on current research activities and personnel involved. Part of the visit included a short field trip to Knox County Radio Control field to demonstrate the DJI 1000, one of the drones in ATDD’s UAS fleet. Potential collaborative research projects were discussed with follow-up discussions planned in the near future.

Group photo of NCAS and ATDD personnel

NCAS and ATDD personnel

Back row: Dr. LaToya Myles, Zachary Moon, Dr. Rick Saylor, Dr. Bruce Baker, Dr. Temple Lee, Dr. Michael Buban, Dr. Nebila Lichiheb, Edward Dumas, Dr. Praveena Krishnan, Kafayat Olayinka

Front row: Dr. Ricardo Sakai, Dr. Tilden Meyers, Dr. Jose Fuentes, Dr. Vernon Morris

For more information about the NCAS program, visit their website.


ATDD sUAS at KCRC field

DJI 1000, “Octocopter”

ATDD-UTK identify opportunities for new partnerships

September, 2017

On September 12, 2017, ATDD and the University of Tennessee Knoxville held a science workshop at the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus and Research Park. The goal of the workshop was to foster collaborations that advance research, technology, and education in weather, climate and air chemistry. Dr. Bruce Baker (ATDD Director), Dr. Stacey Patterson (UT Interim Vice President of Research, Outreach, and Engagement) and Dr. Robert Nobles (UT Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement) hosted the workshop. University researchers and ATDD scientists delivered research presentations and engaged in round-table discussions to identify opportunities for new partnerships. This workshop is a first step under the recent Memorandum of Agreement between ATDD and UT.

Attendees to ATDD-UTK meeting

Attendees to ATDD-UTK meeting


Bruce Baker, Stacey Patterson, Robert Nobles

From left to right:
Dr. Bruce Baker, Dr. Stacey Patterson,
Dr. Robert Nobles

ATDD partnering with local schools to document
environmental data solar eclipse event

August, 2017

ARL/ATDD in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is located in the path of totality for the solar eclipse on August 21. Students from Linden Elementary School in Oak Ridge are going on a field trip to Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee, where scientists and engineers will deploy several meteorological towers. There will be instruments and sensors to measure solar radiation, wind speed and direction, air temperature, and other variables. A similar suite of equipment and sensors will be set up at Oliver Springs High School north of Oak Ridge and on a local farm near Philadelphia, Tennessee. Data collected during the eclipse will be made publicly available on ARL/ATDD’s website.


Image of people watching solar eclipse

Image of people watching solar eclipse

Science Students get “blown away” in ATDD wind tunnel facility

July, 2017

Please note that all links in this article are to websites outside the .gov domain and open in separate pages

On July 20, 2017, ATDD hosted the Wind Energy team from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)/ORAU Science Academy. They visited the ATDD wind tunnel facility to have their model wind turbines tested. The team was comprised of nine students from eight different Appalachia states. This is the seventh year ATDD has participated in this annual event.

The Academy is a week long, in-residence camp that ran from July 16 to July 21.

The Wind Energy team was lead by Lauren Wilmoth, a STEM and Honors Biology teacher at Oak Ridge High School, and Mark Ruben, a middle school teacher from Maryland.

The students pictured below are:

Front row left-to-right
Celia Torres Lopez (VA), Belle Beckner (SC), Madyson Cahill (OH), James Click (WV), and Anthony Tipton (KY)

Back row left-to-right
Makenze Hurtubise (NY), Gavin Awtry (NC), Sidney Vass (TN), and Ziah Kennedy (NC)

The Wind Energy team

Read the full article here.

You can read more about the 2017 ARC/ORAU Science Academy here.

A flickr album of photos of the week long event can be viewed here.


Wind Energy team members

Wind Energy team members
(click on image to enlarge)