I grew up in West Virginia and Kentucky and graduated with my bachelor's degree from Florida State University in meteorology and computer science. I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in atmospheric science at Colorado State University after receiving my M.S. degree in 2018. I have been in the van den Heever group in Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Science since 2015. I am currently a PhD candidate using the CAMP2Ex Field Campaign dataset and the RAMS numerical model to study how tropical deep convection is modulated by environments. In addition to my current CAMP2Ex-related work, I am examining how we can best utilize drones for observations in atmospheric science and novel ways of moving numerical modeling forward. I enjoy hiking, traveling, baking, playing sports with my friends, and watching college football outside of work.


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2018 - Present
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2018
  • B.S., Meteorology, Florida State University, 2015
  • B.S., Computer Science, Florida State University, 2015


  • Graduate Research Assistant, van den Heever Research Group, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2015 - Present
  • Graduate Coding Mentor, NASA Student Airborne Research Program, Irvine, CA, Summer 2015
  • Researcher and Systems Administrator, Fuelberg Lab, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2011 - 2015
  • Researcher, NASA Student Airborne Research Program, Irvine, CA, Summer 2013
  • Researcher, Kentucky Climate Lab, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, 2009-2011

Grant and Fellowship Funding

  • Colorado State University Engineering Student Technology Committee, “Drones @ CSU”, Kreidenweis, S. and Freeman, S. W. Competitive internal grant for a Charge for Technology Fee Special Project, $10,000. May 2018
  • Colorado State University Office of Vice President for Research, “Drones @ CSU”, Kreidenweis, S. M., Chandrasekar, V., Chávez, J., Freeman, S. W., Smith, A. Competitive internal grant for an Emerging Innovations Core Facility, $180,000. February 2018
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, $138,000. August 2015 — August 2020
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