Rodney Chai

MS Student
Atmospheric Science
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 500-B
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Nathaniel Brunsell

Educational Background:

BA, Philosophy and Political Science (Cum Laude), Haverford College, PA

Research Interests:

I am currently using satellite data to examine the relationship between morphology and urban heat island effect during heat wave episodes in the Kansas City metropolitan area. 

Honors and Awards:

  • Won 2nd place at University of Kansas (KU) Sigma Xi Graduate Research Competition
  • Invited to present at 84th Western Snow Conference in Seattle, WA
  • Invited to present at 23rd World Congress of Philosophy in Athens, Greece
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF) – Prestigious national research award for minority students​


Chai, Rodney. June 2016. Estimating snowmelt contribution from the Gangotri Glacier catchment into the Bhagirathi River, India.  Western Snow Conference Proceedings.

Presentations - Papers and Posters:

Chai, Rodney. April 2016. Estimating snowmelt contribution from the Gangotri Glacier catchment into the Bhagirathi River, India. 84th Western Snow Conference, Seattle, WA.

Chai, Rodney. March 2016. Estimating snowmelt contribution from the Gangotri Glacier catchment into the Bhagirathi River, India. 2016 KU Graduate Research Competition, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.


Student Trainee, GS-04 Physical Scientist (Env) (Pathways Internship), Region 7 Office, Environmental Protection Agency, Lenexa, KS.

National Weather Service (NWS) Student Intern, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Topeka, KS

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Snow Survey Intern, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Portland, OR

Student Summer Hire, GS-04 (Pathways Internship), Directorate of Civil Works, Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington D.C. (Declined)

Student Trainee, GS-04 (Pathways Internship), Regulatory Branch, US Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville, TN.  (Declined)


3rd iSWGR-NASA Snow Measurement School, Frasier Experimental Forest, Fraser, CO.

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