Steven Michael Naegele

Steven Michael Naegele

  • Ph.D. Graduate Student
412 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802


  1. B.S. - 2015 - Atmospheric Sciences - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  2. M.S. - 2018 - Meteorology - Penn State



My research interests include cloud microphysics, microphysical modeling, radar meteorology, and machine learning. For my Master's degree, I worked on using polarimetric signatures to better identify different hydrometeor types and microphysical processes within winter cyclones. I am now building an AI to provide wind forecasts for a power company.

Research Experience

NCAR -- SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) (Summer 2014, 2015)

     - microphysical modeling under the guidance of Drs. Sarah Tessendorf, Trude Eidhammer, and Greg Thompson

     - ran the WRF model to study the sensitivity of simulated squall lines to the microphysical representation of graupel

University of Illinois - Undergraduate research (Fall 2014)

     - ran the Straka Atmospheric Model to simulate the development of shallow cumulus clouds and the effects of entrainment on their liquid water content under different environmental conditions

OWLeS (Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems) project (December 2013-January 2014)

     - participated in a field project that studied the thermodynamic, mesoscale, and microscale structure of lake-effect snow bands

     - operated the Doppler on Wheels (DOW) mobile radars and transected snow bands with instrumented mobile mesonet vehicles

     - forecasted lake-effect bands via daily forecast briefings

Presentation Experience

NCAR -- SOARS (Summer 2014, 2015)

     - presented my research via a poster and oral presentation at a scientific colloquium

SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) conference (October 2014)

     - presented SOARS research in Los Angeles, CA

AMS -- 14th Annual Student Conference (January 2015)

     - presented SOARS research in Phoenix, AR