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NOAA Pilot in Command (PIC) for the Meteomatics Meteodrone SSE and the Meteomatics Meteodrone SSE MM-641. Both platforms are hexacopters.


Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Program

Office: (502) 322-7439

Current Research

Currently, my research utilizes these small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for daily measurements of temperature, moisture, and wind velocity in the lower boundary layer. The meteorological profile data collected by the sUAS is processed and transmitted (within ~5 min) to the local National Weather Service forecasting office. This work aims to integrate sUAS meteorological measurements in near real-time to improve weather forecasts.

A listing of publications is available in pdf format here.


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Ph.D. Chemistry, 2020

Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

B.S. Chemistry, 2016

Professional Experience

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), Norman, OK working in-residence at the NOAA Air Resources Lab, Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division, Oak Ridge, TN 2020-Present

NASA Kentucky Space Grant Graduate Fellow, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 2019-2020

Travis piloting copter

Meteodrone SSE MM-641

Travis piloting copter

Meteodrone in flight