Graduate Student Ambassadors

Our graduate student ambassadors act as a resource for prospective graduate students. In addition to regularly reaching out to a diverse array of undergraduate students, they are happy to answer any questions regarding the graduate application process and life as a graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Please feel free to send an email directly to one of our ambassadors, or send your questions to atmos-grad-ambassador@illinois.edu and we will direct you to the appropriate person!

 

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Leanne Blind

  • Leanne is a first-year graduate student with her research focusing on QLCS tornadoes. Her hobbies include choral singing, eating salsa, exercising, puzzling, and trying local restaurants with friends. As an ambassador, Leanne is most excited about outreach activities and meeting potential new students.

 

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Eddie Wolff

  • Eddie is a first-year graduate student studying convection with a focus on QLCS tornadoes. As part of his research, he often works with satellite and radar data including the department's FARM instrumentation facility. He is originally from southwest Ohio and outside of school he enjoys hiking, biking, photography, and theatre.

 

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Michael Sessa

  • Michael is a fourth-year graduate student, and his research focuses on tornado intensity! His other interests include forecasting and winter weather. He is originally from New Jersey, and some of his favorite hobbies are hiking, biking, and spending time outside in general as well as exploring coffee shops and breweries.

 

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Toby Ross

  • Toby is a third-year graduate student. His work uses a mixture of radar data, aircraft data, and numerical modelling to figure out what cloud microphysics can tell us about larger-scale thunderstorm processes like convective cold pools. When he's not at work, you’ll find him playing guitar and writing music, enjoying the outdoors, or on the couch with whatever horror novel he can get his hands on.