Mausumi Dikpati promoted to Senior Scientist

Friday, June 10, 2016

Congratulations to Mausumi Dikpati for her recent promotion to Senior Scientist. Mausumi received her PhD in physics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. She came to HAO as an Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellow and she has since continued her career trajectory within NCAR.

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Mausumi Dikpati

Her primary research interests are in the area of hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics of the solar convection zone and tachocline, with particular focus on solar dynamo theory and applications of data assimilation to solar prediction problems. Her work on solar flux-transport dynamos has created a paradigm shift in understanding how the solar dynamo works.

She was the first to build a physical model-based prediction scheme based on numerically integrating forward in time the relevant laws of physics. She won the John Firor HAO Outstanding Publication award in 2007 for her first solar cycle prediction paper. Her research on the extended minimum at the end of solar cycle 23 was recognized as one of the top 100 discoveries in 2011 by Discover Magazine.

Recently Mausumi has been one of the pioneers in the application of modern data assimilation methods to solar dynamo models, using the NCAR-DART framework. Currently Mausumi is representing HAO on the NCAR Data Assimilation Initiative Committee.

Mausumi has also been active in education, supervising several REU and graduate students as well as teaching a course in space weather and climate, as an NCAR woman scientist to participate in the UVISIT program of UCAR.