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David Tersegno '10 is among 26 undergraduates and six high school students working with researchers in the Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE) center at Princeton University this summer. Tersegno, of Auburn, NY, is a physics and mathematics major at St. Lawrence.

Tersegno's work was featured July 17 on the News at Princeton Web site, which noted he is studying "a new sensor system that may further the understanding of cloud formation."

The story states, "Tersegno's project is focused on sensing applications. Advised by Mark Zondlo, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, Tersegno is working with a new laser-based water vapor sensor that may provide insights into how clouds form. The sensor is mounted on a NSF Gulfstream-V research aircraft based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.

"As part of his project, Tersegno spent a week at the Colorado facility to meet the researchers and garner a greater understanding of the sensor's mechanics. Now back at Princeton, he accesses a live-streaming data feed to obtain the instrument's latest measurements, which he then analyzes.

"'It is really exciting to work on a team with these scientists who care about what they're doing and whose work has real-world applications and real-world effects,' said Tersegno."

More: Science at St. Lawrence

Posted: July 17, 2008

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