UCAR Annual Meetings - 8 - 11 October 2007, Boulder, CO

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Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology has been a UCAR member since 1983.  The atmospheric science activities reside in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS). There are 28 faculty members in EAS, 92 graduate students and 71 undergraduates. They project graduating 15 Bachelors students per year over the next four years, 9-10 Masters students and 15-18 PhDs. The faculty teach 33 undergraduate courses and 48 graduate courses. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to be flexible allowing foci in different aspects of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, including climate dynamics, atmospheric chemistry and air quality, oceanography, aqueous geochemistry and biogeochemistry, paleoclimatology and geophysics. There is also the possibility for students to interface with other parts of the university including the engineering, policy, public health, biology and chemistry programs, and also with local government agencies and commercial companies.

The faculty members of the graduate program in atmospheric sciences are nationally and internationally recognized, and are active in research in many areas related to UCAR, including climate variability and change, environmental quality, and natural hazards. Two EAS faculty are members of the National Academy of Sciences.

The facilities are located in the new Environmental Science and Technology building (287,000 sq ft), which was designed to develop sustainable technologies of benefit to the economy and the environment. The building also houses several engineering programs, leaving EAS with a total of 39,545 sq ft.

EAS faculty members have been and continue to be very active in UCAR/NCAR activities. This includes one member serving on the UCAR board of trustees, and two faculty on the UCAR Membership committee. Several faculty have participated in UCAR workshops, and there is use of Unidata and RAL products in the classroom, use of NCAR computing facilities, WRF, CCSM and NCAR aircraft. EAS faculty also collaborate with scientists from MMM, ACD, CGD, and ATD.

The UCAR Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members' Representatives that the membership of the Georgia Institute of Technology be continued as provided by the bylaws.