Alta Sustainability Leadership Award

Recognizing excellence in leadership for the health of our community and planet.

About Ben

I'm the Student Director of the Utah Atmospheric Trace Gas & Air Quality Lab. I assist with managing lab operations and provide engineering expertise, developing products utilized across numerous fields of active research.

I enjoy developing hardware and software tools that improve our understanding of the world. My work involves atmospheric transport modeling, data mining, machine learning, R package management and distribution, R in HPC environments, server/network administration, and hardware and software development for measurement control systems.

I’ve built numerous trace gas and air quality measurement systems operating autonomously across Utah as well light-rail and van based mobile laboratories. These data paired with atmospheric modeling products are used to spatially correlate pollution exposure with cardiovascular and respiratory illness, quantify the urban carbon cycle, estimate bulk methane fluxes from developing oil and gas basins, and examine chemical processes driving the formation of ammonium nitrate.

When I'm not working, you can usually find me skiing and climbing in the mountains.

Projects

Atmospheric Simulations

Simulates transport and dispersion of a stochastic particle ensemble

Footprint calculation

Gaussian kernel estimation to spatially distribute influence field

Parallelized

Methods for single node and SLURM cluster parallelization

WRF and HRRR Friendly

Compatible with popular meteorological data products

TRAX Light-rail Measurements

Design of autonomous mobile air quality laboratories operating on two light-rail trains in Salt Lake City, UT.

Air Quality Data Dashboard and Utilities

Trace gas and air quality data platform making Northern Utah air quality data publicly accessible at air.utah.edu.

Arduino Based Data Acquisition Systems

Graphical shortcutting for Arduino-based data acquisition, with preconfigured settings for common measurement devices.

Nerdmobile Mobile Lab

Design of a van-based air quality, trace gas, and isotopic analysis laboratory and iPad based real-time data visualization utilities.

Experience

Positions

2017-Present Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Scribe Data Science, LLC
    Flexible data science and IoT measurement solutions
2015-Present Co-founder, Research Assistant, & Student Director, Utah Atmospheric Trace Gas & Air Quality Lab
  • Engineered automated data processing infrastructure managing over 6 million measurements per day
  • Awarded two sustainability grants for development of web data products and visualization utilities
2014-2015 President, American Meteorological Society (AMS) Salt Lake Chapter
    Testing of prototype meteorological instrumentation, community outreach, supporting education in the sciences

Education

2017 MS, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah
Funding Source, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    Modeling spatially distributed receptors with the Stochastic Time-Inverted Lagrangian Transport (STILT) model: updates to the R interface of STILT (STILT-R version 2)
2015 BS, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah
Funding Source, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Other

2015-Present Outdoor Emergency Transportation Instructor, National Ski Patrol
    Education for mountain professionals - evacuation of medical/trauma patients from complex alpine environments.

Coding languages


R
Python
Matlab
HTML/CSS/JS
C/C++
Fortran

Skills


Data Science
Measurement Control System Design
Data Mining
Machine learning
Automated data processing
Web development

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