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Keren Rosado

NOAA NCAS Graduate Research & Training Scholar

Keren Rosado is the first EPP/MSI GRTSP recipient from the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) located at Howard University. Ms. Rosado completed an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Sacred Heart University, Puerto Rico; a master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology; and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at Howard University.

Keren’s Ph.D. research is focused on investigating the role of lightning during the life cycle of a tropical cyclone using the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast hurricane model. Her hypothesis is that by forecasting lightning potential, scientists can gain insight on the mechanisms associated with rapid intensification in tropical cyclones. Rapid intensification includes changes in wind speed and minimum sea level pressure. The prediction of lightning involves forecasting of vertical velocities and mixing ratios of hydrometers whose vertical distributions can help to explain charge separation and convective intensity.

Keren is conducting her research and interning at the National Weather Service, Environmental Modeling Center under the mentorship of Dr. Vijay Tallapragada.

During her spare time, Keren trains for, and participates in, triathlons. She says that participating in physically and mental challenging activities keeps her organized and focused, qualities that also help her to be successful in her scientific research.