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Peter Marinescu

Peter Marinescu
 
Biosketch: After working as an investment banking analyst in New York City, I switched careers in 2011 to pursue my passion in atmospheric science. Through research experiences at Stony Brook University, Colorado State University's CHILL Radar Facility and NASA's DEVELOP Program, I have become especially interested in the modeling of cloud processes. I am wrapping up my Master's degree and research in 2015-2016, which is focused on understanding the impacts of aerosol particles on mesoscale convective systems and the microphysical feedbacks of these aerosol interactions. This research will be under the co-advisement of Professors van den Heever and Kreidenweis. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, biking, and snowboarding.

Education:

M.S. in Atmospheric Science, 2016, Colorado State University
Post-Baccalaureate Coursework in Math and Sciences, 2011-2012, Stony Brook University
B.S. in Applied Economics and Management, 2008, Cornell University

Publications:


Marinescu, P.J. , S.C. van den Heever, S.M. Saleeby, S.M. Kreidenweis and P.J. DeMott: The Relative Roles of Low- versus Middle-Tropospheric Aerosols on MCS Precipitation. (In Preparation)

Saleeby, S.M., S.C. van den Heever, P.J. Marinescu, S.M. Kreidenweis and P.J. DeMott: Aerosol Effects on the Anvil Characteristics of Mesoscale Convective Systems. (In Review at J. Geophys. Res. Atmos.)

Marinescu, P.J. , S.C. van den Heever, S.M. Saleeby, and S.M. Kreidenweis (2016), The microphysical contributions to and evolution of latent heating profiles in two MC3E MCSs, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121(13), 7913–7935, doi:10.1002/2016JD024762.

Conference Presentations:


Marinescu, P.J. , S.C. van den Heever, S.M. Saleeby, S.M. Kreidenweis, and P.J. DeMott, 2016: Impacts of Vertically Varying Aerosol Layers on MCS Cold Pool and Precipitation Processes. 96th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. (Oral, Award)

Saleeby, S.M., S.C. van den Heever, P.J. Marinescu , S.M. Kreidenweis, P.J. DeMott, W.-K. Tao, T. Matsui, D. Wu, 2015: Understanding the Role of Riming in Deep Convection Through Variability in Collection Efficiencies and Aerosol Effects. American Geophysical Union 2015 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (Poster).

Marinescu, P.J. , S.C. van den Heever, S.M. Saleeby, and S.M. Kreidenweis, 2015: The Evolution of Latent Heating within Two MC3E Mesoscale Convective Systems. American Geophysical Union 2015 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (Poster).

Marinescu, P.J. , S.C. van den Heever, S.M. Saleeby, S.M. Kreidenweis and P.J. DeMott, 2015: Impacts of aerosol vertical location and concentration on MCS convective and stratiform regions. 95th AMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ. (Oral)

Kreidenweis, S.M., P.J. Marinescu , S.C. van den Heever, A. Jefferson, C. Kuang, J. Wang and D. Collins, 2015: Characterization of the aerosol environment in spring 2011 during the Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E). 95th AMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ. (Poster)

van den Heever, S. C., L. D. Grant, P. J. Marinescu, and S. M. Saleeby, 2014: The importance of the vertical location of aerosol layers on convective storms. EGU General Assembly; Vienna, Austria. (Oral, Invited)

Marinescu, P. , B. Windschitl, P. Kennedy and V. Chandrasekar, 2013: A Technique for Automated Hail Pad Processing. 93rd AMS Annual Meeting, Austin, TX. (Poster, Award)

Teaching Experience:

Fall 2014: Synoptic Meteorology (ATS 640, Colorado State University)
Fall 2007, Fall 2008: Introduction to Statistics (AEM 210, Cornell University)

Field Experience:

PECAN - Plains Elevated Convection at Night, 2015: MGAUS Team - mobile GPS advanced upper-air sounding system

Awards:

MAC Foundation Student Travel Award (Awarded 2016 to attend the ACPC Working Group Meeting in April 2017)
Outstanding Student Oral Presentation at 96th AMS Meeting’s Aerosol-Cloud Symposium (2016)
NSF Graduate Fellowship, Awarded 2015 (Funded 2016-Current)
AMS Graduate Fellowship 2013
3rd Place Student Poster at AMS Weather Analysis and Forecasting Symposium (93rd AMS Annual Meeting, 2013)

Community Involvements:

Student Mentor for the ESMEI REU Program at CSU (2016)
Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation-Climate Working Group Member (2016-Present)
FORTCAST (Northern Colorado AMS Chapter) : member, Executive Board (2014)
CSU Student Chapter of American Association for Aerosol Research: member, Treasurer (2014-2016)
CSU Department of Atmospheric Science Graduate Representative (2015-2017)
CSU Club Tennis Team
 
Last updated: July 2015

Prof. Susan C. van den Heever
Monfort Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
email: sue (at) atmos.colostate.edu

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