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Shan Kowalski (Contractor)

Title: Research Scientist
Technical Focus Area: Atmospheric Composition, Lidar Science, Machine Learning
Mission/Project: CALIPSO
Study Topics: Cloud, Aerosol, Machine Learning, lidar, radiative transfer, data


I am a scientific researcher in atmosphere science and a mom of two girls. I am open mind benefited from my many years living experience in China, France and US. I like working in science, and with people. Anything new and interesting, and fashion will grab my attention and motive me to learn and explore further. I came to work in NASA as a postdoc and then a contractor since 2012. Before I study in France for my master and Ph.D. During those time, I have experience working with Radar and polarimeter (PARASOL). After I came here in 2012, I met a lot of smart people who taught me different knowledge and techniques. I worked on data analysis from different satellite observations, studied on the clouds, the aerosols and their interactions, studied the lidar signal simulations with radiative transfer model, analyzed space lidar signal, etc. More recently, I am interested and working on the machine learning application to satellite data and models.

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Education/Professional Experience:

  • SSAI, Hampton, USA 2015~ Present

  • NASA Postdoc Program, Hampton, USA 2012-2015

  • University of Lille 1, France, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, 2007 – 2011

  • Clermont Ferrand University, France, Master’s degree, Science of Atmosphere and Climate, 2006 – 2007

  • Ecole des Mines d’Albi-Carmaux, France, Aeronautic Materials, 2005 – 2006

  • Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Bachelor’s degree, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, 2001 – 2005


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