I grew up in Peekskill, NY and West Hartford, CT, and I completed my undergraduate studies in Engineering Physics at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Along the way, I completed two summer internships, one at the Hurricane Research Division in Miami, FL through the NOAA Hollings program and one at Colorado State University through the CMMAP Summer Internship program. Over the course of these experiences, my childhood interest in hurricanes and other meteorological phenomena evolved into an academic interest in atmospheric science, and today I am a fourth-year graduate student in the van den Heever group here at CSU. I am broadly interested in tropical convection and tropical cyclones, and I am currently investigating processes such as the release of symmetric instability and the development of convective cold pools. Away from my desk I enjoy participating in science outreach activities and gazing at the Colorado skies' stunning cloud formations.
M.S. in Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2016
B.A. in Engineering Physics (minor in Applied Mathematics), Dartmouth College, 2012
MAC Foundation Travel Grant to attend the AMS Mesoscale Meeting, 2017
2015 AMS Travel Grant to attend the AMS Annual Meeting
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014-2017
AMS Graduate Fellowship, 2013-2014
Outstanding Student Paper Award, AGU Fall Meeting 2012
NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, 2010-2012
Drager, A. J. and S. C. van den Heever, 2017: Characterizing convective cold pools. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., in press, doi:10.1002/2016MS000788. [Journal Link]
Igel, M. R., A. J. Drager, and S. C. van den Heever, 2014: A CloudSat cloud object partitioning technique and assessment and integration of deep convective anvil sensitivities to sea surface temperature. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 10515-10535, doi:10.1002/2014JD021717. [Journal Link]
Drager, A. J., 2012: Using Multimedia Pre-Lecture Assignments to Improve the Introductory Physics Experience. [undergraduate honors thesis]. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College.
Drager, A. J.*, L. D. Grant, and S. C. van den Heever, 2017. Aerosol Impacts on Convective Cold Pools in a Tropical Continental Environment. Oral presentation, 9th Symp. on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, AMS 97th Annual Meeting, 22-26 Jan 2017, Seattle, WA. [Abstract]
Drager, A. J.*, and S. C. van den Heever, 2016. Convective Cold Pools: Properties and Soil Moisture Dependence. Oral presentation, AMS 32nd Conf. on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 17-22 April 2016, San Juan, PR.
Drager, A. J.*, and S. C. van den Heever, 2016. A New Approach to Automated Cold Pool Tracking. Oral presentation, 14th Conf. on Artificial and Computational Intelligence, AMS 96th Annual Meeting, 10-14 Jan 2016, New Orleans, LA. [Abstract]
Drager, A. J.*, and S. C. van den Heever, 2015. The 'Slant' of Slantwise Convection: An Idealized Modeling Study. Oral presentation, AMS 16th Conf. on Mesoscale Processes, 3-6 Aug 2015, Boston, MA. [Abstract and Recorded Presentation]
Drager, A. J.*, M. R. Igel, and S. C. van den Heever, 2012. CloudSat-derived Morphology of Deep Convection over Tropical Oceans. Poster presentation,
Igel, M. R.*, A. J. Drager, and S. C. van den Heever, 2012. A Scaling Relationship between Tropical Convective Core and Anvil Widths. Oral presentation, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 3-7 Dec 2012, San Francisco, CA.
Drager, A. J.*, M. R. Igel, and S. C. van den Heever, 2012. CloudSat-derived Morphology of Deep-Convective Clouds over Tropical Oceans. Oral presentation, 6th CMMAP Student Colloquium, 31 July - 3 Aug 2012, Fort Collins, CO.
Drager, A. J.*, and P. D. Reasor, 2011. Diagnosing Vertical Wind Shear Impacts in the HWRFx Model. Oral presentation,
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AMS Student Conference
CSU Department of Atmospheric Science
Young Scientist Symposium on Atmospheric Research
Little Shop of Physics
|Last updated: 3/2017|
Prof. Susan C. van den Heever
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
email: sue (at) atmos.colostate.edu
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