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Susan C. van den Heever
Monfort Professor
 

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Dr. Susan C. van den Heever

Sue van den Heever is a Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. She joined the CSU faculty in 2008 after obtaining her BS in Mathematics and Physical Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, her PhD in Atmospheric Science from CSU, and spending several years as a research scientist. Professor van den Heever's research group focuses on cloud processes, specifically the microphysical and dynamical characteristics of deep convective cloud systems, aerosol-cloud feedbacks, and the representation of these processes in numerical models. Her research is supported by funding from NASA, NSF, DOE and ONR. Dr van den Heever also oversees the development of the Regional Atmospheric Modeling Systems (RAMS), a highly sophisticated cloud-resolving numerical model that was first developed at CSU in the 1980s by Professors Bill Cotton and Roger Pielke. She teaches graduate classes in cloud physics, advance microphysics, cloud dynamics, mesoscale modeling, mesoscale meteorology and synoptic meteology, and is a co-author of the book, Storm and Cloud Dynamics. Dr van den Heever serves on several DOE, ONR and NASA science teams, and is also the PI of C3LOUD-Ex, a field campaign held in Northern Colorado to investigate supercell cold pools and updrafts. The van den Heever group will be participating in various upcoming field campaigns including the DOE-supported CACTI field campaign being held in Argentina.

Dr van den Heever is involved in a number of community activitites. She is an editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. She is also the Co-Chair of the new GEWEX Aerosol Precipitation (GAP) initiative. She is currently a board member of the AMS Committee on Mesoscale Processes where she co-chaired the 16th AMS Conference on Mesoscale Processes, the AMS Committee on Researcher Involvement, the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation (ICCP), the Aerosol, Cloud, Precipitation and Climate Working Group (ACPC), and the CSU Africa Center.

Dr van den Heever won the George T. Abell Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award in 2012, and in 2015 she was made a Monfort Professor, CSU's most prestigious award for mid-career faculty. More recently, Dr van den Heever won the AGU ASCENT award, which recognizes "research contributions by exceptional mid-career scientists in the fields of atmospheric and climate sciences." She has also been named Outstanding Professor of the Year three times by the students of the Department of Atmospheric Science, has received the Graduate Student Council Award for Graduate Student Advising and Mentorship, and has two journal reviewer awards.

 
 
Education:

Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2001

M.S., Physical Geography, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1994

H. Dip. Ed, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1989.

B.S. and B.S. Hons, Mathematics and Geography, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1990

 
Honors and Awards:

Editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, AMS, 2017 - current.

American Geophysical Union ASCENT award, AGU, 2016

Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereering in Nature in 2015, Nature Publications, 2016

Monfort Professor, Colorado State Univeristy, 2015

Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2015

Graduate Student Council Award for Graduate Student Advising and Mentorship, Colorado State Univeristy, 2015

Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2013

George T. Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award, College of Engineering, Colorado State University, 2012

Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2009

Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Socienty Review Award for 2008, Royal Meteorological Society, 2009

NASA's Group Achievement Award to CRYSTAL-FACE Science Team, NASA, 2002

Elected to the Sigma Xi (1999) and Phi Kappa Phi (2003) honors socities

   

Publications:

Listed here.
 
Committees and Panel memberships:

American Meteorological Society: Committee on Mesoscale Processes (2012-2018); Committee on Reseracher Involvement (2015-2018); Co-Chair of the 16th Conference on Mesoscale Processes (2015); Conference committee and/or co-convener of the Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions Symposium (2013, 2015, 2017)

American Geophysical Union: Co-convener of Sessions on "Tropical and Midlatitude Convective Storm Systems" (2011-2017)

Global Energy and Water Cycle Exchange (GEWEX) Data and Assessments Panel (GDAP): Commmittee Member (2007-2016)

Global Energy and Water Cycle Exchange (GEWEX) Aerosol and Precipitation (GAP) Initiative : Co-Chair (2015-current)

International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation (ICCP): Committee Member, 2016-present

Aerosols, Clouds, Precipitation and Climate (ACPC): Committee Member, 2016-present

Africa Center: Board Member (2016-current)

South African Geography Society: Member (1990-1994)

South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences (1993-1994)

 
Field Campaign Roles:

DOE ASR CACTI, Co-PI, Argentina, Fall 2018-Spring 2019

ONR PISTON, Science Team Member, Philippines and MC, Fall 2018

Monfort C3LOUD-Ex, PI, Northern CO, Summer 2016 and 2017

NSF PECAN, research group participation, Central USA, Summer 2015

NASA HS3, reserach group participation, Wallops Island, Fall 2013

NSF DYNAMO, reserach group participation, Indian Ocean, Dec 2011 - Jan 2012

NSF ICE-T, research group participation, St Croix, Summer 2011

NSF BAMEX, flight coordinator and forecaster, St Louis, MO, Summer 2003

NASA CRYSTAL-FACE, fligth scientist of NRL P-3, Florida, July 2002

 
 
Last updated: 05/2017