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Dr. Shaima Nasiri joined the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division of the Department of Energy as program manager for the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Program in July 2014. She co-manages the ASR Program with Dr. Ashley Williamson and takes the place of Sally McFarlane, who is now the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility program manager.
As associate professor in atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University, Nasiri’s research is primarily focused on aspects of cloud and aerosol remote sensing. Her recent projects include measurements made by satellite and aircraft instruments to better understand how clouds and aerosol interact with radiation to affect the climate.
Nasiri has been involved in the ARM Facility and ASR Program, working with cloud radar, lidar, and scanning-HIS data to study clouds. She is also involved in several National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research projects and was the recipient of the NASA New Investigator Program Award in 2010.
“I am delighted to have Shaima on the ASR team,” said Williamson. “She has a solid background in our science areas and has already earned the respect of our division here at Headquarters for her initiative and insights.”
Nasiri received her B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Denver, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an author on over 21 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Her recent honors include a teaching award for the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Honorary Fellowship. She is an active member of the American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society.
This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.