Alumni Profile - John Yorks and Patrick Selmer

MU alums Dr. John Yorks, science lead on CATS, and Patrick Selmer, programmer and algorithm develop pose in front of the ER-2 research aircraft.

3-2-1 Ignition

Photo: MU alums Dr. John Yorks, science lead on CATS, and Patrick Selmer, programmer and algorithm developer pose in front of the ER-2 research aircraft.

Two Millersville University meteorology alums, Dr. John Yorks (2006) and Patrick Selmer (2010), have played a major role in the development of NASA’s Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument and science algorithms. CATS is scheduled to be launched on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from Cape Canaveral, FL on a SPACE-X rocket. CATS is a Lidar (laser) remote-sensing instrument that will measure atmospheric aerosols and clouds from the International Space Station (ISS). The CATS payload will improve our understanding of aerosol and cloud properties and interactions, as well as improve climate change models. CATS is specifically intended to demonstrate a low-cost, streamlined approach to developing ISS science payloads.

More on CATS can be viewed at http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-s-cats-a-launch-of-exceptional-teamwork/#.VJHdrr6LhtI.


Watch the following video featuring NASA scientists and Millersville University alumni, Dr. John Yorks, science lead on CATS, and Patrick Selmer, programmer and algorithm developer.