Atmospheric sciences student Shelby Ingram hasn’t graduated yet—that happens this May—but she’s already got NASA on her resume.

Atmospheric sciences student Shelby Ingram hasn’t graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville yet—that happens this May—but she’s already got NASA on her resume.

Ingram spends her mornings before classes at the Veach-Baley Federal Building in downtown Asheville, thanks to an internship with NASA Develop, which addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects.

Ingram is working on a project looking at disasters in North and South Carolina, particularly disasters caused by hurricanes. “We’re focused on extreme precipitation,” Ingram explained. “We’re looking at three satellites... We’re analyzing the performance rate and accuracy of the satellites in comparison to the ground-based data, and trying to figure out the usefulness of those three satellites, and then working on a way to provide that information to coastal management.”

For Ingram, this work boils down to “a lot of coding and a lot of meetings,” she said. “I have mainly been focused on producing bias graphs and charts, accumulation charts, and correlation between the gauges and the ground-based data.”

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Originally published March 20, 2018.

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