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Dr. David Berkowitz, dean of UAH’s Graduate School, presents the 2018 graduate mentoring award to Dr. Larry Carey, chair of the Atmospheric Science Department, during the university’s annual awards day ceremony. (UAH Photo/Michael Mercier)


Dr. Larry Carey, an associate professor of atmospheric science and until recently the chair of UAH’s Atmospheric Science Department, was honored in April for his work mentoring graduate students. The award was presented during the university’s annual awards day ceremony.

“Mentoring graduate students on research, academic life, professional development and career considerations is the most rewarding ‘work’ I do as faculty at UAH,” Carey said recently. “It has been my great pleasure to collaborate with so many talented and dedicated graduate students, and to watch them grow and reach their academic, personal and professional goals.

“It is definitely one part of my job that I still look forward to each and every day.”

Carey recently completed a five-year term as department chair (including one year as interim chair) and is setting up shop in the Severe Weather Institute, Radar and Lightning Laboratories (SWIRLL), where he looks forward to focusing on teaching and research in radar and lightning meteorology. 

Carey joined the UAH research staff in 2007 and the atmospheric science faculty in 2012. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University, a B.S. in meteorology at Penn State and a B.S. in electrical engineering at Boston University.