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STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program began in 2016 as a training program for a small cohort of University of Utah scientists. Since then, we have grown to work with over 170 graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. Scroll down to learn about the scientists who have participated. Contact us if you would like to reach out to a STEM Ambassador.

Note that many Ambassador bios were uploaded when the Ambassador joined the program and may not be current.

Apoorva Pedgaonkar

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Apoorva works in Dr. Jamesina Simpson’s Computational Electromagnetics lab, where she uses numerical techniques to implement┬áthree-dimensional (3-D) Maxwell’s equations FDTD models of global electromagnetic wave propagation within the Earth-ionosphere waveguide. Some applications are remote-sensing of oil fields, scintillation, hypothesized electromagnetic earthquake precursors, remote-sensing of localized ionospheric anomalies, and space weather effects on the operation of electric power grids. Her work is to characterize┬ácoupling of unintentional EM interference into the atmosphere. She develops large-scale global models using supercomputers to achieve this. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, badminton, and snowboarding