Awards and Honors

Our group has done amazing work over the years! Below is an incomplete list of awards and honors that members of our group have received while they were at Illinois. Also listed are awards and honors that group members received in their post-Illinois careers (indicated by *), at least the ones we know about. While the awards are listed for individual group members, it’s important to recognize that it does take a village…

Prof. Larry Di Girolamo

NASA Group Achievement Award for CAMP2Ex (2020)

Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement, University of Illinois (2019)

William T. Pecora Group Award, Outstanding Achievement in Earth Remote Sensing, Terra Team, NASA and DoI (2019)

Front Cover, IEEE Trans. on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Volume 54(7) (2016)

NASA Group Achievement Award for SEAC4RS (2015)

NASA Group Achievement Award for AirMSPI (2014)

Conferred, Blue Waters Professor, University of Illinois (2014)

Alan Berman Research Publication Award, Naval Research Laboratory (2013)

Speaker, Gordon Research Conference on Radiation and Climate (2013)

Daniel Shapiro Professorial Scholar Award, University of Illinois (2011)

NASA Group Achievement Award for CRYSTAL-FACE (2003)

University of Illinois’ List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (2002, ’04-‘05, ‘10-‘12, ‘14, ’16, ’18-‘20, ’22-’23)

NASA New Investigator Award in Earth Science (2002)

NASA Group Achievement Award for MISR Team (2001)

Joe Brewer (MS 2004)

Diffenbaugh Fellowship (2002-2004)

Best Poster, 2ndplace, 14thInternational Conference on Clouds and Precipitation, 18 – 23 July, 2004, Bologna, Italy

Michie Vianca De Vera (MS 2023, PhD candidate)

Ogura Student Teaching Award, Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2022)

Outstanding Student Presentation Award, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (2023)

Sagnik Dey (Postdoc 2007-2010)

INSA Young Scientist Medal, Indian National Science Academy (2008)

NASI-SCOPUS Young Scientist Award in Earth Sciences, Elsevier (2012)*

Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professsional Excellence Fellowship (2017-18)*

Alexandra Jones (MS 2010, PhD 2016)

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (2011-2014)

Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship (2014-2015)

Ogura Award for Outstanding Peer-reviewed Publication, Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2018)

Megan King (MS 2015)

Ogura Student Teaching Award, Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2013)

Lusheng Liang (PhD 2009)

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (2005-2008)

Jesse Loveridge (PhD 2023)

NASA’s Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology Fellowship (2020-2023)

NASA Group Achievement Award for CAMP2Ex (2020)

Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (2022)

Honorable Mention, Ogura Award for Outstanding Peer-reviewed Publication, Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2024)

Rose Miller (PhD candidate)

Internship, Navel Research Laboratory (2019)

NASA’s Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology Fellowship (2019-2022)

NASA Group Achievement Award for CAMP2Ex (2020)

Arka Mitra (PhD 2023)

Student Poster Honorable Mention Award, EUMETSAT, AMS, NOAA Joint Satellite Conference, Sept. 28 – Oct. 4, Boston, MA (2019)

NASA Group Achievement Award for CAMP2Ex (2020)

AGU Thriving Earth Exchange Fellowship (2021)

Bethany Norris (MS 2012)

Internship, Navel Research Laboratory (2012)

Alan Berman Research Publication Award, Naval Research Laboratory (2013)

Puja Roy (PhD 2023)

Ogura Student Teaching Award, Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2020)

NASA Group Achievement Award for CAMP2Ex (2020)

NSF Scholarship for the AMS Summer Policy Colloquium (2022)

Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown Coalition Award, Women’s Resource Center, University of Illinois (2023)

NCAR Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellowship (2023)

Eric Snodgrass (MS 2006)

Illinois Student Senate Teaching Excellence Award, University of Illinois (2011)

Delta Sigma Omicron Distinguished Teaching Award (2011)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois (2012)

Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois (2012)

University Professional Continuing Education Association Award for On-Line Courses (2012)

Campus Award for Excellence in Online and Distance Teaching, University of Illinois (2017)

Jason Tackett (MS 2009)

Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, NASA (2017)*

Javier Villegas Bravo (MS 2021)

Ogura Student Teaching Award, Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2019)

Mike Wilson (PhD 2009)

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (2002-2005)

Yuekui Yang (PhD 2007)

Ogura Award for Outstanding Peer-reviewed Publication, Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2008)

NASA Group Achievement Award for the DSCOVR mission (2015)*

NASA Group Silver Achievement Medal for the ICESat-2 mission (2019)*

NASA Group Achievement Award for the ICESat-2 mission (2020)*

Guangyu Zhao (MS 2003, PhD 2006)

Ogura Award for Outstanding Peer-reviewed Publication, Department of Atmospheric Sciences (2007)

Alan Berman Research Publication Award, Naval Research Laboratory (2013)

NASA Group Achievement Award for CAMP2Ex (2020)