About Me

I am a first year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle! My research interests include Tropical Dynamics and the Madden-Julian Oscillation. I am advised by Professor Daehyun Kim, and will be working in the Kim Research Group.

Before attending UW, I earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2020. During my undergraduate degree I performed research at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics in the High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) Experimental group under Dr. Ryan Rygg and (then graduate student) Dr. JJ Ruby. My research involved studying x-ray radiography techniques in convergent geometry experiments, with applications to Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and Equation of State (EOS) measurements. I built a 3D straight-line ray trace code in Python to simulate experimental shots on the OMEGA Laser System, and used it to analyze synthetic density data from the LILAC Radiation-Hydrodynamic Code. From this work I have a publication in preparation, which will be likely published in 2022.

My family cat, Ripples

While attending the University of Rochester, I also served as a Teaching Assistant (TA) on numerous occasions, for which I was awarded the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Teaching Assistant Award at graduation. I was also inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society in the Fall of 2019, and I served on the executive board as secretary for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Outside of being a graduate student, I was born and raised in Rochester, NY, I’m a huge Yankees and Bills fan, I spend a lot of time listening to music and playing with cats, and I am looking forward to exploring Seattle!



I can be reached at sressel(at)uw(dot)edu, or in Office 411 of the Atmospheric Sciences–Geophysics (ATG) Building

A photo I took from Kerry Park when I first moved to Seattle