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 received my Master's degree in 2016 with a thesis titled "Latent Heating and Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions within Mesoscale Convective Systems" under the the co-advisement of Professors van den Heever and Kreidenweis. Currently, I am working towards a Ph.D. degree in Atmospheric Science, focusing on the microphysical processes within convective updrafts using both observations and cloud modeling. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, biking, and snowboarding.
Ph.D. Student in Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
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
Marinescu, P.J. , S.C. van den Heever, S.M. Saleeby, S.M. Kreidenweis and P.J. DeMott (2017), The microphysical roles of lower versus middle tropospheric aerosol particles on mature-stage MCS precipitation, J. Atmos. Sci., doi:10.1175/JAS-D-16-0361.1, in press.
Saleeby, S.M., S.C. van den Heever, P.J. Marinescu, S.M. Kreidenweis and P.J. DeMott (2016), Aerosol indirect effects on the anvil characteristics of mesoscale convective systems , J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, 10880-10901, doi:10.1002/2016JD025082.
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, 7913-7935, doi:10.1002/2016JD024762.
van den Heever, S.C., L.D. Grant, S.W. Freeman, P.J. Marinescu, and C3LOUD-Ex Team, 2017: CSU Convective CLoud Outflows and UpDrafts Experiment (C3LOUD-Ex). 17th Conference on Mesoscale Processes (AMS), San Diego, CA. (Oral)
Marinescu, P.J. , S.C. van den Heever, B. White, and P. Stier, 2017: Deep Convective Cloud Simulations: RAMS Results. 2017 ACPC Working Group Meeting, Bad Honnef, Germany. (Oral)
T. M. Mahish, D.R. Collins, A. Jefferson, P.J. Marinescu , E.J.T. Levin, P.J. DeMott, and S.M. Kreidenweis, 2017: Towards Development of a Climatology of Cloud Condensation Nuclei at the ARM Southern Great Plains Site. 2017 Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM)/Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Joint User Facility and Principal Investigator meeting, Washington, D.C. (Poster)
P.J. Marinescu , S.C. van den Heever, S.M. Saleeby, and S.M. Kreidenweis 2017: The Evolution of Latent Heating Profiles in Midlatitude Mesoscale Convective Systems and a Simple Parameterization for Global Models. 2017 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Robert A. Houze, Jr. Symposium, Seattle, WA. (Poster)
Phinney, R.M., P.J. Marinescu , and S.C. van den Heever, 2017: Quantifying the Transport of Air into Mesoscale Convective System Updrafts. 2017 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Robert A. Houze, Jr. Symposium, Seattle, WA. (Poster)
Marinescu, P.J., S.C. van den Heever, S.M. Saleeby, S.M. Kreidenweis, and P.J. DeMott, 2016: The Relative Roles of Lower- and Middle-Tropospheric Cloud Condensation Nuclei on Mature MCS Precipitation Rates. 2016 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (Oral)
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)
Fall 2017: Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics (ATS 620, Colorado State University)
Fall 2014: Synoptic Meteorology (ATS 640, Colorado State University)
Fall 2007, Fall 2008: Introduction to Statistics (AEM 210, Cornell University)
C3LOUD-Ex - CSU Convective CLoud Outflows and UpDrafts Experiment, 2016-2017: Operations Manager, mobile GPS advanced upper-air sounding system team
PECAN - Plains Elevated Convection at Night, 2015: MGAUS Team - mobile GPS advanced upper-air sounding system
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)
Student Mentor for the ESMEI REU Program at CSU (2016)
Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation-Climate Working Group: member and webmaster (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)
American Geophysical Union: student member (2014-Present)
American Meteorological Society: student member (2013-Present)
CSU Club Tennis Team