Curriculum Vitae


Appointments

  • June 2013 – current: Full Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vanderbilt University. Affiliate Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and at the UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center.
  • December 2011 – May 2013: Full Professor at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Principal Investigator Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
  • June 2007 – November 2012: Associate Professor at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Principal Investigator Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
  • September 2002 – May 2007: Assistant Professor at the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
  • January 2001 – August 2002: Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas. Associate Scientist at Free University of Berlin, Institute for Space Sciences.
  • June 1997 – December 2000: Research Scientist at the Institute for Space Sciences, Free University of Berlin, Germany.

Professional Preparation

  • University of Cologne, Germany, Undergraduate studies in Atmospheric Sciences, 1988-1990
  • University of Hamburg/Max-Planck-Institute für Meteorologie, Hamburg, Germany. Diploma (equiv. M.S. degree) in Meteorology obtained at the Subject: A simulation study on cloud/radiation interaction in stratocumulus clouds. April 1994
  • The Free University of Berlin, Institute for Space Sciences. Ph.D. at. Subject: Retrieval of rain, cloud, and humidity parameters from passive microwave data in coastal regions. May 1997.

Synergistic Activities

  • Expert Reviewer Intergov. Panel on Climate Change, Working Group 1, 5th Assessment Report
  • Member American Meteorological Society Radiation Committee
  • Editor of the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (JAMC). 2006 – 2010.
  • Chair, JCSDA Working Group on Cloud and Precipitation Data Assimilation 2011-2015
  • Chair of workshop series ‘International Workshop on Space-based Snowfall Measurements’, 2007,2009, 2011,2013.
  • Member of various international scientific working groups and science teams, including the International Tyros Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS) Working Group (ITWG), International Precipitation Working Group (IPWG).
  • NASA Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM), CloudSat, and OCO-2 Science Team Member, GEWEX Water Vapor Assessment G-VAP, ESA Arctic Product Validation and Evolution (APVE) program.

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