Ms. Laura Harding
Ms. Harding completed her B.S. in Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU, ’07). She interned with a small wind forecasting company for several years while an undergraduate student, which ignited her interest in renewable energy. Ms. Harding finished her M.S. in Earth System Science from George Mason University (GMU, ’09) where her research focused on tropical cyclogenesis and Saharan Air Layer (SAL) interactions. Upon graduation, Ms. Harding began working for the Geospatial Research Laboratory (GRL) of the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). As a part of GRL, she has participated in several basic and applied research efforts involving terrain and weather integration, spatio-temporal analysis and adaptive capacity in the context of environmental change. Ms. Harding also pursued continuing education in the geospatial arena and received her Geospatial Intelligence Certificate from GMU in 2012. As a principal investigator, Ms. Harding led a research project focused on dismounted (on foot) routing incorporating human factors such as caloric expenditure and altitude impacts on the body. This research fused biomedical research from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) and Natick Soldier Research and Development Center (NSRDEC) with high resolution (10cm or less) terrain and remote sensing research efforts completed at GRL.
Ms. Harding returned to PSU in Aug 2014 to pursue her Ph.D. in Geography focusing on challenges at the intersection of meteorology, geospatial analysis and computer science. Ms. Harding has been and continues to be particularly interested in interdisciplinary scientific and technical challenges relevant to society. She is excited to be studying renewable energy and is pursuing solar energy research for her doctoral work.