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Kaela Williams

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Contact Information

Natural History Building
1301 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
Graduate Research Assistant
Advisors: Drs. Stephen Nesbitt and Robert Trapp


I am a second-year master’s student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, advised by Drs. Stephen Nesbitt and Robert Trapp. I earned my bachelor’s in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, with minors in electrical engineering and mathematics. As an undergraduate, I completed two internships with the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies. Collaborating with the National Severe Storms Laboratory, I studied how to detect and predict large hail using radar data. I then worked with the Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling and analyzed wind data through LiDAR and weather balloon soundings to better predict safe flight patterns for UAVs.

Research Description

My current research focuses on environmental modification associated with quasi-linear convective systems. The data for this research will be collected through the Propagation, Evolution, and Rotation in Linear Storms (PERiLS) project.


M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in progress)

B.S. in Meteorology, University of Oklahoma (May 2021)

  • Minors in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics

Awards and Honors

  • American Meteorological Society Minority Scholarship (August 2017 - May 2021)
  • United Negro College Fund STEM Scholar (August 2017 - May 2021)
  • ATMOS Graduate Recruitment Fellowship


Additional Campus Affiliations

Marching Illini 2022