Graduate Student Earns NSF Workshop in Taiwan Experience

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Keren Rosado, a master’s degree student in meteorology at Florida Institute of Technology, has earned a National Science Foundation(NSF)-funded workshop experience in Taipei, Taiwan. She will spend a week there in April. She will present her thesis work on tropical cyclogenesis over the Atlantic region, which is an NSF-funded project led by Sen Chiao, Florida Tech associate professor in the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems.

The trip is supported by a grant from the NSF Office of International Science & Engineering. Rosado will participate in the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC (Constellation Observing System for Meteorology Ionosphere & Climate) Program of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. She will spend part of her time at National Central University in Jhongli City, Taiwan, where she will present a scientific talk to her Taiwanese peers.

FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC (F3C) is a joint Taiwan/U.S. science mission for weather, climate, space weather and geodetic research. The F3C mission was successfully launched in the United States on April 14, 2006 (April 15, 2006 Taiwan time). Six identical micro satellites, each carrying an advanced GPS radio occultation receiver, a Tiny Ionospheric Photometer and a Tri-Band Beacon were deployed. The satellites have since been raised by Taiwan’s National Space Organization to their final orbit altitude to achieve an operational constellation of six orbital planes separated by 30 degrees.

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