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 B.S. (Honors) in Mathematics and Physical Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from CSU, and spending several years as a research scientist. Professor van den Heever's research is focused 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.
Dr van den Heever 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, advanced microphysics, cloud dynamics, mesoscale modeling, mesoscale meteorology and synoptic meteology, and is a co-author of the book, Storm and Cloud Dynamics. The van den Heever research group is supported by funding from NASA, NSF, DOE and the ONR and Dr van den Heever serves on several DOE, ONR and NASA science teams. She is also the PI of C3LOUD-Ex, a field campaign held recently 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 NASA-funded CAMP2Ex field campaign being conducted in the Philippines and surrounding oceanic regions.
Prof. van den Heever is involved in a number of department and research community activitites. She is currently the Associate Department Head and is also an editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. van den Heever serves as the Co-Chair of the new GEWEX Aerosol Precipitation (GAP) initiative. She is also currently a board member of the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation (ICCP), the Aerosol, Cloud, Precipitation and Climate Working Group (ACPC), and the CSU Africa Center. She has served on the AMS Committee on Mesoscale Processes where she co-chaired the 16th AMS Conference on Mesoscale Processes and the AMS Committee on Researcher Involvement.
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. In 2016, she won the AGU ASCENT award, which recognizes "research contributions by exceptional mid-career scientists in the fields of atmospheric and climate sciences." Prof. van den Heever was recently awarded the AMS Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award, which was presented at the 2018 AMS Annual Meeting. She has also been named Outstanding Professor of the Year three times by the students of the Department of Atmospheric Science, and has received the Graduate Student Council Award for Graduate Student Advising and Mentorship.
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
American Meteorological Society Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award, AMS, 2018
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
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)
NASA CAMP2Ex, White paper author, Modeling Lead and P-3 flight scientist, Philippines, Fall 2018
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, flight scientist of NRL P-3, Florida, July 2002
Last Updated: 02/2018