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From Navy weather forecaster to NSF Graduate Research Fellow

From Navy weather forecaster to NSF Graduate Research Fellow


MUSIC♫ AMY BATTOCLETTI: So when I was in the service I was an aerographer’s mate which is a weather forecaster that also forecasts oceanographic conditions so we’re really the environmental support personnel for the Navy so we look at oceanographic conditions, and sea state, weather forecast for ships that are en route. Q: So like heights of the waves and that kind of thing? AMY BATTOCLETTI: Yeah. Q: So were you usually right? AMY BATTOCLETTI: We hope so. Yeah it’s a lot more difficult than it would seem. A lot of it is mathematical modeling so just based on what we know, trying to forecast based on present conditions what will happen in the future. Q: So when they say “Join the Navy, See the World,” which part of the world did you see where you were stationed? AMY BATTOCLETTI: So I saw a lot of Europe. I was stationed in Naples, Italy at the Sixth Fleet Command Center and it was amazing. So Naples is wonderful. It’s a very beautiful city. The people are wonderful, the food is really great so I really enjoyed my three and a half years there. It’s some of the best memories of my life and I was able to travel during my time off so in that three and a half years I was able to visit eleven different countries and so I had a really great experience. Q: So when you made your transition from military to academe, I guess you went to the University of Rhode Island, so what was that like? AMY BATTOCLETTI: Luckily I had a science job when I was in the military so transitioning to looking at a biology class a couple of years later wasn’t too much of a transition for me. So I pretty much went from one science right into the other. So luckily I was able to take advantage of tuition assistance when I was in Naples as well so I was able to take classes part-time in addition to working. And so I had been taking college classes for a few years before going back full time so that also helped to prepare me. Q: So if you were going to give advice to maybe someone who has an interest in science, what would you tell them? AMY BATTOCLETTI: I would say to look at the jobs ahead of time because there are a lot of jobs in the military that won’t help you in a science career so definitely look at the jobs ahead of time and find something that will help you in your career. And so pick a job that’s relevant to whatever you would like to do in the future. Q: What are you going to do on Veteran’s Day? AMY BATTOCLETTI: I’ll probably be working in the lab. ♫MUSIC♫

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