Forrest Black, a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Geosciences, spent this past fall semester interning at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
As an intern, Black helped develop a tool that can ingest standard weather data and flight trajectory data for analyzing the impact of weather on aviation operations. He will stay in Virginia to work on this project throughout the spring 2017 semester.
In 2014 Black learned about a NASA study exploring the effects of biomass burning in sub-Saharan Africa while on a trip to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. This personal encounter with some of the nation’s top scientists motivated Black to dedicate his own research on understanding and solving environmental concerns.
Forrest presented his master’s research findings to organizations including the World Bank and NASA Headquarters at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. He will receive his master’s degree in Geoscience from UMKC in May 2017. He plans to earn his doctorate and conduct research revolving around Earth sciences.