2018 CONFERENCE details

2018 Abstracts | 2018 Program

Opening Remarks


Tim Killeen


Timothy L. Killeen

Prof. Timothy L. Killeen is the current president of the University of Illinois system. He has more than three decades of experience as an educator, researcher, and administrator in public higher education and in leadership positions with national scientific research agencies. Before joining the U of I system, he served as vice chancellor for research and president of research foundation at the State University of New York (SUNY). Earlier, he served as an assistant director for the geosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF), as the Lyall Research Professor at the University of Colorado and as director and senior scientist for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He has also served as a faculty member and researcher at the University of Michigan where he served as associated vice president for research.

He has also served as President of the American Geophysical Union and has been a fellow of American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has authored more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, along with more than 300 other publications and papers. A leading researcher in geophysics and space sciences, Killeen received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. at University College London, where he earned his doctoral degree in atomic and molecular physics at the age of 23.

Keynote Speakers 2018




Roger Wakimoto

As President of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and Vice Chancellor for research at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Roger Wakimoto specializes in research on mesoscale meteorology, particularly regarding severe convective storms and radar meteorology. He has written or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed papers and has published over 100 journal articles throughout his career.Dr. Wakimoto has served on various committees for organizations including the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the AMS. He has received several awards and honors including one from the Environmental Protection Agency for his research on airpollution and another from the AMS for his contributions to understanding mesoscale weather events.



Susan van den Heever

Currently Colorado State University’s (CSU) Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science, the school’s most prestigious award for mid-career faculty and acting as Associate Department Head, Dr. Susan 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. Along with publishing over 60 academic journal articles and co-authoring the book Storm and Cloud Dynamics, Professor van den Heever is also involved in a number of department and research community activities. Dr. van den Heever won the George T. Abell Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award in 2012 and the AGU ASCENT award in 2016. In addition to receiving the Graduate Student Council Award for Graduate Student Advising and Mentorship, Prof. van den Heever was recently awarded the AMS Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award.

Keynote Speakers During Forum Session


Keynote Speakers and Co-Chairs of MSCAR

Keynotes and Co-Chairs

Student Awards for Best Poster/Oral presentations

Student and Bob Rauber


2017 Conference Details


After more than a year of busy planning and preparation, the 2017 MSCAR organised marked a successful first Midwestern atmospheric sciences student conference  by students and for students

This one-and-a-half-day event brought together nearly 100 students, representing 17 institutions, for intensive feedback on each other’s poster and oral presentation. The main objective of our conference: helping students acquire valuable communication skills in a conference setting.

                                                                         Poster Session MSCAR 2017 

                                                                         Student Presentation MSCAR 2017

In addition, it was an honor to have Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of the National Weather Service, and Mr. Tom Skilling, Chicago WGN-TV chief meteorologist, to offer a unique look at the atmospheric sciences field from an operational forecasting perspective in communicating natural disaster impacts. Their interactive session with the students was, indeed, the high point of the conference.

                                                                         Guest of Honor MSCAR 2017         

Our student attendees walked away from the conference learning how to improve their presentation skills, making more connections, and learning about interesting research from their peers. To help us make this conference benefit you even more, we welcome your suggestions and feedback!

                                                                           MSCAR 2017 Group Photo