Welcome Incoming Engineering Student, Amber Whelsky

On July 30, 2013 by Grad Forum

amber_thumbnail_2Amber Whelsky, originally from Fulton, NY, recently joined Thayer School of Engineering at the start of this summer. Whelsky received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Binghamton University. When asked why she chose Dartmouth, she says she loves living in the Northeast, especially because of the seasonal changes and dynamic terrain that exists in this region. More than location, however, it was Dartmouth’s excellent academic reputation, as well as the prospective research she would be doing, that were the biggest draws.

Whelsky works for Professor Mary Albert, whose research is focused on polar studies, particularly on firn. Firn is old snow that lies between more recently fallen snow and the glacial ice sheets. Professor Albert is very interested in how a better understanding of firn’s physical characteristics will help improve our understanding of past climate conditions and our current atmosphere. Although Whelsky’s academic background is in physics, she decided to pursue engineering because the research she was interested in, atmospheric air quality, tended to fall more in the realm of engineering.

Whelsky’s hobbies include a variety of sports. She comments, “I love running! There are so many good trails in this area; I am finding more each day I am here! Also, any sport/activity that involves some kind of level of endurance, I am almost always game for. Becoming a more competitive swimmer is my most recent personal challenge.”

Whelsky’s work this summer is focused on utilizing modeling software to address a problem experienced while using a particular drill in parts of Antarctica. Over the next four years she hopes to travel to participate in fieldwork to gather data/samples firsthand from either Greenland or Antarctica.

We welcome Whelsky to the Dartmouth graduate community and wish her the best with her research!

by Aditya Mahara

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