The Center for Directed Energy provides summer internship opportunities in STEM, beginning in May 2021 for a duration of 10 to 12 weeks. Each intern is matched to specific projects and mentors for this duration. Interns are paid an hourly rate as contractors and are part of the Center staff here at Wright-Patterson AFB. Relocation and travel are not provided, however, some projects will be able to be completed remotely. Phone interviews will follow for selected applicants.
Project Description: :Aerosols play a vital role in Earth’s radiation budget, whether through direct absorption and scatter or indirectly by way of cloud and precipitation formation. This project will provide an initial interrogation and exploitation of the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP Lidar) database. This data yields aerosol extinction information at 532nm and 1064 nm and provides an updated, global aerosol database. The research goals for Summer 2021 is to (1) expand the use of CALIPSO aerosol extinction to other wavelengths by correlating aerosol species to the Global Aerosol Data Set (GADS) and (2) conduct a comparison analysis on the impact of CALIPSO and GADS aerosol characterizations on electromagnetic propagation.