"Megan is a very bright and a hard-working student, and we really enjoyed hosting her at NRL as a SEAP student," said Doyle. "Collaboration continued after her formal internship and led to the research she submitted into the Monterey County Science and Engineering Fair."
Tang’s not done. Her next stop is the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles from May 14-19, made possible by the Society for Science and the Public. The science fair is the biggest international science fair for high school students before they head off to college. Each year, students from more than 70 countries, regions and territories are given the opportunity to exhibit their research and projects, and vie for $4 million in awards and scholarships.
Tang credits her success to her development at NRL-MRY, using its resources and the added benefit of Doyle’s hands-on approach to mentoring.
"Dr. Doyle was supportive and helpful as I was exploring and trying to decide on a topic of research focus," said Tang. "He provided comments and suggestions on my initial results and gave me important reference papers, I then decided on a science fair topic from encouraging data results."
Doyle’s research involves observing tropical cyclones part of Office of Naval Research’s tropical cyclone intensification (TCI) program. The TCI program measured hurricanes at the surface to 60,000 feet above three regional bodies of water: North Atlantic, Eastern Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico.
The TCI program used 800 soda-can sized instruments to measure wind speed, temperature and moisture, called dropsondes, deployed from NASA’s WB-57 aircraft. The TCI dropsondes sampled four tropical cyclones with unprecedented high-horizontal resolution and were combined with high-resolution surface wind observations from the Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD, also on the WB-57.