Current Lidar Team

Dr. Shane D. Mayor
Dr. Shane D. Mayor, Assistant Professor

2001 Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Mayor specializes in atmospheric lidar and boundary layer meteorology.

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Kyle Brownell

Kyle Brownell, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Physics and Computer Science

Kyle joined the lidar group in May of 2016.

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Chris Mauzey

Chris Mauzey, Programmer and Research Assistant

2010 B.S. in Computer Science from CSU Chico

Chris began working in the lidar group in September of 2010. He specializes in parallel processing.

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Graduates

Lexi Smith

Lexi Smith, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Environmental Science

Lexi joined the lidar group in the summer of 2015 and graduated in May of 2017. She is currently a graduate student at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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Steve Samons

Steve_Samons, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics

Steve joined the lidar group in May of 2016 and graduated in May of 2017.

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Ryan Clare

Ryan Clare, Undergraduate Research Assistant

2016 B.S. in Environmental Science from CSU Chico

Ryan joined the lidar group in the summer of 2014 and graduated in May of 2016. He is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison starting Fall 2016.

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Masaki Hamada

Masaki Hamada, Lecturer

2007 B.S. in Physics from CSU Chico
2014 M.S. in Environmental Science from CSU Chico

Masaki joined the lidar team in September of 2012 and graduated in August of 2014. He evaluated the cross-correlation algorithm for his masters thesis. He is a lecturer in the Department of Physics.

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Jason Stockton

Jason Stockton, Research Assistant

2015 B.S. in Physics from CSU Chico

Jason joined the lidar group in the summer of 2014. He assists with maintenance of lidar hardware.

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Tyson Randall

Tyson Randall, Graduate Researcher

2011 B.A. in Physics from UC Santa Barbara
2015 M.S. in Environmental Science from CSU Chico

Tyson worked in the lidar team from January of 2012 to July of 2015. He studied canopy waves in the CHATS data.

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Christopher Hasek

Christopher Hasek, Programmer and Research Assistant

2013 B.S. in Physics from CSU Chico
2015 M.S. in Computer Science from CSU Chico

Chris Hasek has worked in the lidar group since 2010. He has completed a number of projects to facilitate the display of REAL data.

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Lena Heffern

Lena Heffern, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Majors: Physics, Mechanical Engineering; Graduation Date: May 2013

Lena began working in the lidar group in September of 2011, and assisted with the mechanical engineering aspects of the REAL.

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William (Gabe) Vivas

William (Gabe) Vivas, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Mechanical Engineering; Graduation Date: May 2013

Gabe joined the lidar team in May of 2012.

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Denton Scott

Denton Scott, Electrical Engineer

2011 B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University
2012 M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from CSU Chico

Denton began working in the lidar group in October of 2011. He completed a master's degree in the CSU Chico Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Alan Rhoades

Alan Rhoades, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Environmental Science; Graduation Date: May 2012

Alan worked briefly in the lidar team during the spring of 2012. He installed the WRF model on the physics server.

Alan is now a graduate student at UC Davis.

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Waleed Amjad

Waleed Amjad, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Computer Information Systems; Graduation Date: May 2011

Waleed worked in the lidar group from September to December of 2010. He processed REAL data from the 2004 deployment of REAL in Washington D.C.

Waleed is now a software engineer for eBay.

Chris Van Hoosear

Chris Van Hoosear, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Majors: Mechatronic Engineering, Computer Engineering; Graduation Date: December 2010

Chris Van Hoosear worked in the lidar group from December to June of 2010. He began refurbishing the REAL's beam-steering unit and preparing it for new mirrors and field operation.

Chris is now a graduate student in Computer Engineering at University of the Pacific.

Terry McAfee

Terry McAFee, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Physics; Graduation Date: May 2010

Through PHYS 499, Terry developed a comprehensive understanding of the laser and optics in REAL. He helped set up the lidar at the University farm and moved all of the components from the old shipping container into the new one.

Terry is now a graduate student in the Dept. of Physics at NC State University.

Zeb Wheeler

Zeb Wheeler, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Computer Science; Graduation Date: May 2010

Through PHYS 499, Zeb investigated whether the Horn and Schunck (1981) technique could be applied to lidar images to estimate vector motion fields. He also worked part-time to maintain the computer systems in the REAL lab.

Zeb now works for Cool Earth Solar.

Chris Griffo

Chris Griffo

Chico State Major: Physics; Graduation Date: May 2010

Chris Griffo helped set up the REAL at the University Farm during the spring of 2009 and received credit through PHYS 499.

Chris is now a graduate student at CSU Fullerton, and is working with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

Former (or currently inactive) Lidar Team Members

Naila Khan

Naila Khan, Graduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Naila worked in the lidar group during the autumn of 2015. She specializes in computer networking.

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Dr. Pierre Derian

Dr. Pierre Dérian, Post-doctoral Researcher

2012 Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from INRIA Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique.

Dr. Dérian worked in the lidar group from December 2012 to December of 2014. He specializes in wavelet-based optical flow.

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Dr. Paul Arpin

Dr. Paul Arpin, Lecturer

2012 Ph.D. in Physics from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Aprin began working in the group in June of 2014.

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Scott Gimbal

Scott Gimbal, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Physics; Graduation Date: May 2014

Scott is working with Dr. Anna Petrova-Mayor on polarization aspects of the REAL.

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Thomas Schwab

Thomas Schwab, Mechanical Engineer

2012 B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Thomas worked in the lidar group from February to June of 2013 on a variety of mechanical engineering projects.

He is now a graduate student at Columbia University.

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Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker, Technician

2001 B.S. in Computer Information Systems from CSU, Chico
1987 A.A. in Business Administration from Santa Barbara City College
1985 A.S. in Electronic Technology from Santa Barbara City College

Kevin worked part-time to maintain the lidar research facility at the University Farm. He passed away in October of 2015.

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Liz Jachens

Liz Jachens, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Civil Engineering; Graduation Date: May 2014

Liz began working in the lidar group in May of 2011. Her focus is on fine-scale atmospheric internal waves in the CHATS data.

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Jim Schafer

Jim Schafer, Graduate Student

2001 B.S. in Geoscience from CSU Chico

Jim worked in the lidar group from January of 2012 to January of 2013 on the depth of the convective boundary layer in the northern California Central Valley.

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Rex Belli

Rex Belli, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Physics; Graduation Date: December 2012

Rex began working in the lidar group in September of 2011, and is implementing algorithms to objectively identify the height of the convective boundary layer in the REAL RHI scans.

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Jen Lowe

Jen Lowe, Scientific Programmer and Data Analyst

Master's of Information Science from San Jose State University
B.S. in Applied Math from University of Arizona

Jen worked in the Lidar Group from April of 2010 to February of 2012. She wrote and used programs to process, analyze, and display the REAL data from CHATS.

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Forest Sears

Forest Sears, Student Research Assistant

Chico High School, Senior

Forest began working in the lidar group in March of 2011. He learned a wide variety of technical skills required in experimental lidar research. During the summer of 2011, Forest participated in the MITES program at MIT.

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Steven Sun

Steven Sun, Student Research Assistant

Chico High School, Sophomore

Steven worked in the lidar group during July of 2011. He created images from REAL CHATS data to investigate fine-scale atmospheric waves.

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Yibo Zhang

Yibo Zhang, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Physics; Graduation Date: May 2012

Yibo volunteered in the lidar group and learned how to write IDL programs.

William Meadows

William Meadows, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Majors: Computer Science, Applied Computer Graphics; Graduation Date: May 2012

During the spring and summer of 2010, Will developed and ran IDL programs to transform the REAL at CHATS data set into thousands of images and animations. Results of his project can be found at NSF Project Results.

Esmeralda F. Ramirez

Esmeralda F. Ramirez, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chico State Major: Journalism; Graduation Date: May 2012

Esmeralda produced graphics for journal articles and conference presentations. She also designed web pages and put content on them.

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Shemu Nixon Ariyasivam

Chico State Major: Physics; Graduation Date: May 2011

Shemu helped set up the REAL at the University Farm and learned how the principles of the lidar transmitter work by taking PHYS 499.