Mausumi Dikpati Receives 2017 Wenner-Gren Guest Professorship Award

Mausumi Dikpati. Image Credit: HAO

December 27, 2016 – Mausumi Dikpati of the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) in Boulder, Colorado, has won a 2017 Wenner-Gren guest professorship award of Stockholm. This prestigious award is given annually to 6–8 scientists worldwide from all areas of science.

The Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA) nominated Dr. Dikpati for her dedicated and committed collaboration with them, specifically with Prof. Mitra, and NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Lab, or CISL, emphasized her outstanding research efforts on developing Solar-Data Assimilation. Winning this award will intensify this multi-organizational collaboration further.

Mausumi received her PhD in physics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. She began working at HAO as an Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellow and she has since continued her career trajectory within NCAR. She was promoted to Senior Scientist in June of this year.

Dikpati’s primary research interests are in the area of hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics of the solar convection zone and tachocline, with particular focus on solar dynamo theory and applications of data assimilation to solar prediction problems. Her work on solar flux-transport dynamos has created a paradigm shift in understanding how the solar dynamo works.

Dikpati was the first to build a physical model-based prediction scheme based on numerically integrating forward in time the relevant laws of physics. Recently Dikpati has been one of the pioneers in the application of modern data assimilation methods to solar dynamo models, using the NCAR-DART framework.