Published: July 5, 2013

Aerospace engineering students from CU-Boulder have taken First Place at the Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) Workshop student poster competition for the fourth consecutive year. Several other students have won Second Place and Honorable Mentions.

CEDAR is a focused global change program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The 2013 Workshop was held in Boulder in June.

This year’s winner in the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (MLT) category was Zhibin Yu for his poster, “Lidar Observations and Numerical Modeling Studies of Thermospheric Fe/Fe+ Layers.” Xinzhao Chu was his faculty advisor. A second student, Vu Nguyen, advised by Scott Palo, received an Honorable Mention in the competition, which attracted 112 student posters.

First Place winners at past competitions include:

  • Cao Chen (2012, MLT category) for “Inertia-gravity waves in Antarctica: A case study with simultaneous lidar and radar measurements at McMurdo (77.8S, 166.7E).” Advisor: Xinzhao Chu.
  • Chihoko Yamashita (2011, MLT category) for “Physical mechanisms of gravity wave variations and their impacts on the MLT during the 2009 Stratospheric Sudden Warming.” Advisor: Xinzhao Chu.
  • Xianjing Liu (2011, Ionosphere-Thermosphere category) for “Altitude Response of the Thermosphere Mass Density to Geomagnetic Activity in Solar Minimum." Advisor: Jeff Thayer.
  • Loren Chang (2010, MLT category) for “Comparative study of migrating diurnal tidal variability induced by nonlinear interaction with propagating planetary waves.” Advisor: Scott Palo.