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Morgan State University Atmospheric Scientist Wins NASA Award for Outstanding Performance

photo of Daniel Laughlin and Hyokyung Lee
Shown in the photo: Dr. Daniel Laughlin, Morgan’s lead for GESTAR cooperative agreement, along with Dr. Hyokyung Lee

Hyokyung Lee, Ph.D., an assistant research scientist at Morgan State University (MSU), received an award for Outstanding Performance – Science Software Development at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s 2017 Earth Sciences Division – Atmospheres Awards Ceremony, on Friday, Sept. 22, in Greenbelt, Md. The award honored Dr. Lee’s work “For GPM/DPR (Global Precipitation Mission/Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar) Software Development.” She was one of only three Goddard Earth Science Technology and Research (GESTAR) members to receive an award at this year’s ceremony.

Dr. Lee became involved with GESTAR at the initiation of the program in 2011. Her innovative research in the atmospheric radar field has enabled her to develop and test algorithms to retrieve the microphysical properties of clouds and precipitation from space-borne radars. In collaboration with the international satellite mission Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), she is now focusing on the simulation of radar data (at Ku and Ka band for GPM-Dual Frequency Radar) from cloud-resolving model data, testing of the dual-frequency radar algorithms from the simulated radar data, and evaluation of its performance.

Daniel Laughlin, Ph.D., MSU GESTAR assistant director said, “Dr. Lee’s work helps improve forecasting of extreme weather events, including hurricanes.”

Morgan State University is a partner in GESTAR with the University Space Research Association (USRA) and collaborates in the program with USRA and NASA scientists and engineers, primarily in Earth System Sciences. The Earth Sciences Division – Atmospheres Awards honor members of this research community who have contributed significantly to NASA’s mission.

“We appreciate the recognition by NASA of members of our Morgan research community who are doing outstanding work in atmospheric science,” said Victor McCrary, Ph.D., vice president for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University.

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is celebrating its 150th year of excellence in higher education. A Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution, Morgan offers more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s designated Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit

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