Donna V Kliche (1994)


B.S., Faculty of Physics, Bucharest Romania
M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Ph.D., South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

(605) 394-1957
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Research Expertise

Dr. Kliche's research interests include the use of the drop size distribution functions and their applications to cloud microphysics simulation in mathematical models and radar rain-amounts retrieval algorithms. In the past, her research expanded into remote sensing detection and quantification of emissions from global biomass burning, as well as the remote sensing of aerosols and their influence on climate. She was also a member of the scientific team doing research on severe storms that involved the T-28 Storm Penetrating Aircraft (SPA). In conjunction with the retirement of the T-28, Dr. Kliche and several others from South Dakota Mines are working for the procurement of a new SPA. This replacement aircraft will have advanced capabilities to continue severe storm studies.

Brief Bio

Donna V. Kliche was born in Tirnaveni, Romania. She graduated from the University of Bucharest, Romania, with a B.S. degree in Physics. In 1987, Ms. Kliche was admitted to the United States as a political refugee. She received her M.S. in Meteorology in 1989 from South Dakota Mines; an M.S. in Atmospheric Chemistry in 1991 from Georgia Tech; and her PhD. in Atmospheric, Environmental and Water Resources in 2007 from Mines. Dr. Kliche has been at Mines since 1988, first as a graduate research assistant in the Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, as the PRIME Program Coordinator in the Math and Computer Sciences Dept., as a research scientist and currently as associate professor with the Mathematics Department and the Atmospheric and Environmental Science Program. Prior to joining the staff of Mines, Dr. Kliche served as the Director of the Pennington County Air Quality Office (1991-1994).


Dr. Kliche is teaching graduate/undergraduate level classes in the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program such as Atmospheric Thermodynamics, Atmospheric Physics, Air Pollution, etc. In the Mathematics Department, Dr. Kliche is teaching Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus. She is also advising graduate (Master Thesis work) and undergraduate (Senior Design Project) students in the Mathematics Department and Atmospheric And Environmental Sciences Program.

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