New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Workman 315
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
Email: ssentic (at) alumni (dot) nmt (dot) edu

Welcome to my world of tropical dynamics, physics, and data anlysis! Bellow you will find links to my publications, meetings, workshops, and outreach. Before coming to New Mexico Tech, I have studied Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. I am interested in applying the problem solving techniques of physics towrds betterment and advancement of humankind, and relief of suffering in whichever form it may arrise. I believe that studying immense amounts of data we are accumulating every day might help us in that endeavour.

 

Teaching

PHYS122---General Physics II---Optics, waves, electrostatics, and magnetism (taught summers of 2016 and 2017).  

 

Outreach

I am a big fan of outreach. In my undergrad days I built a "dust devil machine" which demonstrated how dust devils are formed, and helped my department in outreach activities by presenting at university expos. Last year I received an American Physical Society outreach grant aimed at teaching spectroscopy to K-12 students (2015 was the International Year of Light)! We used diffraction gratings to demonstrate how scientists study distand and close objects.

I have also written a layman friendly article about the Atmosphric Physics group involved in tropical dynamics research; who we are and what we do!

 

Research and Publications

My research focuses on the tropical weather. Specifically, I look at how clouds in the tropics go from a diss-organized state to an organized. A well known example of such organization are hurricanes. Here is a list of publications which I worked on, and which address some details about that process:

  • Sentić, Stipo and Sessions, Sharon L. (2017)
    Idealized Modeling of Convective Organization with Changing Sea Surface Temperatures Using Multiple Equilibria in Weak Temperature Gradient Simulations.
    Accepted for publication in the J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., pdf

  • Sessions, Sharon L, Stipo Sentić, and Michael J. Herman (2015)
    The role of radiation in organizing convection in weak temperature gradient simulations.
    J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., doi: 10.1002/2015MS000587.

  • Sentić, Stipo, Sharon L. Sessions, and Željka Fuchs (2015)
    Diagnosing Convection with Weak Temperature Gradient Simulations of DYNAMO
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    J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., doi:10.1002/2015MS000531
    This article was featured in a EOS (Earth and Space Science News), and a New Mexico Tech press release.

  • Sharon L. Sessions, Michael J. Herman, and Stipo Sentić (2015),
    Convective response to changes in the thermodynamic environment in idealized weak temperature gradient simulations.
    J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 7, 712-738, doi:10.1002/2015MS000446.

  • Harindra J.S. Fernando, Renata Dimitrova, and Stipo Sentić (2012),
    Climate Change Meets Urban Environment.
    NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security, pp 115-133.

  • Giuli Verbanac, Mioara Mandea, Bojan Vrsnak, Stipo Sentić (2011),
    Evolution of solar and geomagnetic activity indices, and theirrelationship: 1960-2001.
    Solar Physics, 271, 1-2, pp 183-195.

  • Stipo Sentić, and Branko Grisogono (2010),
    New parametrization of the atmospheric surface layer in WRF model.
    Master Thesis, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.

 

Meetings