Educational Outreach

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One of CSU-CHILL's goals is to support educational interests. This includes the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), supporting classroom activities for undergraduate- and graduate-level Atmospheric Science and Engineering programs, remote demonstrations and virtual radar tours, field trips to the radar site and remote data access. In addition, student research activities are conducted at the CHILL site.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

REU students from 2008, visiting the CHILL Radar

Founded and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed to provide valuable educational experiences for undergraduate students through research participation. Working closely with faculty and researchers at host institutions around the world, REU projects involve undergraduates in meaningful ways in ongoing research, including opportunities for laboratory visits, writing workshops, and other activities to enhance the research experience. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

The CSU-CHILL REU annual summer program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct research focused on the Radar Facility and its revolutionary weather sensing technology. Students are assigned an individual mentor, who supervises the students' daily activities, and monitors weekly progress. This program solicits applications from Physics, Engineering, Computer Science and Atmospheric Science disciplines.

REU 2007 students disassembling CHILL antenna on 11 July 2007

Examples of research topics assigned to previous REU students are

  • Antenna pattern evaluation for the CSU-CHILL Offset Feed Antenna
  • Implementation of radar signal processing algorithms on Graphics Processor Units (GPUs)
  • Real-time implementation of Hydrometeor identification for the VCHILL system
  • Verification of offset-feed antenna performance through meteorological observations

Interested students should contact the program coordinator through the ECE website.

Classroom Activities

The CHILL facility provides access to a rich collection of radar data in support of classroom activities.

  • Interesting cases (VCHILL)
  • Radar data (real-time/archives)
  • Tutorials
  • Coursework/ware
  • NCSU Sandy Yuter demo
  • ATS741
  • AMS Short courses/calibration workshop/broadcast

Virtual Radar Tours

Field Trips


Java VCHILL Client

The Virtual CHILL, or VCHILL system allows remote users to display data both from the CHILL archives as well as from realtime operations. The Java VCHILL display client software is a cross-platform tool to allow radar access from a variety of computer systems running various operating systems.

More information can be found on the VCHILL section of this website.

Student Research Activities

External Links