CELS Headshots, 2022

Virendra P. Ghate

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Virendra is a Principal Atmospheric Scientist working in the Climate and Earth System Science Department of the Environmental Science Division (EVS). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nagpur University, and a PhD in Meteorology from University of Miami. He did his post-doctoral work at the Rutgers University, and has been working at Argonne since 2013. His current research is primarily focused on marine boundary layer stratocumulus and shallow cumulus clouds, and the wind resource characterization. He has participated in multiple airborne, shipborne, and ground-based large field experiments with more than 200 hours of experience as a flight scientist and more than 8 months of sea time. Please find his complete Curriculum Vitae here.

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Maria P. Cadeddu

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Maria is Atmospheric Research Engineer working in the Climate and Earth System Science Department of the Environmental Science Division (EVS). She received her undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Cagliari, Italy and her Ph.D. in Physics from Heriot-Watt University, UK. Maria was a postdoc at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and then at Argonne National Laboratory where she has been working since 2005. Maria is the point of contact for the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program microwave radiometers and her interests include the application of remote sensing to atmospheric research.

Thomas Surleta

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Thomas is a meteorological data analyst working with the group. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His expertise includes processing of large amount of data from atmospheric instrumentation, python programming and processing of satellite data.

Arka Mitra

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Arka Mitra is a Postdoctoral Appointee in Wind Energy and Climate Science at the Environmental Science (EVS) Division. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physics from the Presidency University, Kolkata, India, and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA. His current work (2023 onwards) focuses on investigating satellite, climate reanalysis and model data to understand the linkages between clouds, precipitation and near-surface winds off the coast of the western United States. This work is funded by the Department of Energy (DoE) and is meant to understand climate linkages in wind resource characterization for the DoE’s push towards off-shore wind-energy harvesting in the region. Apart for that, he is also involved in using data collected from the Eastern Pacific Cloud Aerosol Precipitation Experiment (EPCAPE) field campaign to identify characteristics test cases suitable for intense modeling exercises to improve existing wind energy models. He has 7+ years of experience in using remote sensing data from various sources (satellites, ground based and aerial) for a variety of different applications – long-term climate analysis, satellite uncertainty quantification, satellite fusion, building machine learning models of the ionosphere, among many more. 

He is always keenly interested in multi-disciplinary research at the intersection of Earth Observation and climate mitigation/adaptation. Please find his full resume here.