Benjamin Hillman

/Benjamin Hillman
Benjamin Hillman

Benjamin Hillman

Postdoctoral Appointee



Email: bhillma@sandia.gov
Phone: (505) 284-9739

Biography

Publications

Hillman, B. R., R. T. Marchand, T. P. Ackerman, G. G. Mace, and S. Benson (2017), Assessing the accuracy of MISR and MISR-simulated cloud top heights using CloudSat- and CALIPSO-retrieved hydrometeor profiles, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, doi:10.1002/2016JD025510.

Hillman, B. R. (2016), Reducing errors in simulated satellite views of clouds from large-scale models. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington.

Hillman, B. R., (2012), Evaluating clouds in global climate models using instrument simulators. M.S. thesis, University of Washington.

Kay, J. E., B. R. Hillman, S. A. Klein, Y. Zhang, B. Medeiros, R. Pincus, A. Gettelman, B. Eaton, J. Boyle, R. Marchand, and T. P. Ackerman (2012), Exposing global cloud biases in the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) using satellite observations and their corresponding instrument simulators, J. Climate, 25, 5190–5207, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00469.1.

Education

Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, June 2016
M.S., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2012
B.S., Physics and Mathematics Cum Laude, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 2008
A.S., Shoreline Community College, Seattle, WA, 2005

Experience

Postdoctoral Appointee, Department of Atmospheric Science, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, Summer 2016–present

    Improving understanding of Arctic cloud processes and model biases through high resolution atmospheric modeling and observations.
    Development and analysis of cutting-edge techniques for improved simulation in global climate models, including the use and development of super-parameterization and regionally-fined meshes.

Graduate Research Associate, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Fall 2008–Spring 2016

    Evaluating cloud properties in atmospheric models against satellite remote sensing retrievals using satellite instrument simulators to account for limitations and uncertainties in retrievals.
    Quantification of uncertainties and inherent biases in the satellite simulator framework due to repre- sentations of unresolved scales.
    Development and implementation of an improved parameterization of unresolved cloud properties for use in satellite simulators.

Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, Summer 2008

    Modeling growth of thin semiconductor films using a deposition, diffusion, aggregation model.

Awards

2011 NCAR Advanced Study Program Graduate Visitor
2008 Dr. James and Joann Albers memorial scholarship
2007 Dr. James and Joann Albers memorial scholarship