The Geodesy Section presented an outstanding student paper award to Sean C. Swenson at the 1999 AGU Spring Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, last June.
Sean presented a poster titled “Estimated Effects of the Vertical Distribution of Atmospheric Mass on the Time-variable Geoid.” Sean graduated from Cornell University with a B.Ain physics in 1996. He is presently working toward a Ph.D. under the direction of Professor John Wahr of the University of Colorado at Boulder. His current research work is on the Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE), a dedicated gravity satellite mission. Sean's interests include phase boundary effects on post glacial rebound, global ocean heat-transport variability and satellite gravity.