Dr. Sakaeda received Ph. D in atmospheric sciences at University at Albany, SUNY in Albany, New York and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining the School of Meteorology as a faculty, she was a National Research Council postdoctoral associate at NOAA/ESRL in Boulder Colorado. Dr. Sakaeda grew up in southeast Asia, which led to her interest in tropical meteorology. Her research interests include understanding the dynamics of tropical clouds and precipitation in various scales and their interactions with higher latitudes.
Andrew joined the Sakaeda Research Group in August 2018 and is studying the Madden-Julian Oscillation, with a focus on analyzing its propagation mechanisms using both observed and modeled data. He was born and raised in southwestern British Columbia in Canada, where he gained an interest in extreme weather at a young age. He completed a B.S. in Atmospheric Science at the University of British Columbia in May 2018, where he also worked as an undergraduate research assistant during the summer of 2017.
Hrag joined the Sakaeda Research Group in August of 2019 and is studying the Madden-Julian Oscillation, with a focus on analyzing cloud structure and development. He was born in Lebanon but then moved to Los Angeles at the age of 5. He was became fascinated by the weatherman’s ability to predict the future which sparked a passion that clearly grew out of hand. He completed his B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of California, Davis (UCD) in September 2018, and then followed up by presenting his undergraduate research at the American Meteorological Society’s 99th annual meeting during the Exceptional Undergraduate Presentations segment. He continued on to become a teacher aide for two Atmospheric Science classes at UCD before making his way to the University of Oklahoma to continue his academic career by starting his M.S. degree in Atmospheric Sciences.
Sadiksha joined the Sakaeda Research Group in August 2019 and is studying the Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) with her main focus on the relationship between tropical stratospheric oscillation called Quasi Biennial Oscillation (QBO) and MJO. She was born and raised in Nepal and completed her B.Sc. Meteorology in 2017 from Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, the only college providing meteorology course at the undergraduate level in Nepal. She completed her two semesters for graduate-level in the Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Kathmandu, Nepal and then made her path to the University of Oklahoma. In her childhood, she used to be very curious about different weather and climatological phenomena and shapes of clouds used to interest her a lot. Surely, it’s her interest that drives her all the way from Nepal to the US to broaden her knowledge about meteorology and different dynamics related to it.
Leanne Blind-Doskocil: 2019 REU student from Texas A&M University (a summary of her work is available here)