Cira Scientist Awarded Fulbright Scholarship to Teach at the University of Beograd in Serbia and Montenegro

Tomislava Vukicevic, Colorado State University research scientist, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach at the University of Beograd in Serbia and Montenegro.

Vukicevic, who is originally from Yugoslavia and still has family in the area, applied for the Fulbright as an opportunity to support promising new scientists in her native land. She will assist the University of Beograd in rebuilding its once world-class atmospheric science program and write a textbook in collaboration with a graduate student and colleagues from the University of Reading, England.

Vukicevic teaches graduate courses in the Atmospheric Science Department within the College of Engineering and conducts research at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, or CIRA, at Colorado State.

The Fulbright program, established in 1946, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The highly prestigious program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

"Dr. Vukicevic is a fine researcher, teacher and mentor of young scientists," said Thomas H. Vonderhaar, director of CIRA and University Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science. "Her selection for the Fulbright attests to her fine record. It also signifies the long-term involvement of Colorado State atmospheric scientists with key international programs and projects."

Vukicevic received her bachelor’s from the University of Beograd and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Utah, all in meteorology. She has served as a graduate instructor in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as a research professor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

She directs the Data Assimilation group at CIRA, which is a center for international cooperation in research and training. CIRA was first established to increase the effectiveness of atmospheric research in areas of interest between Colorado State and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has developed into a leader in many areas of climate research.

Colorado State’s Department of Atmospheric Science has 15 academic faculty members who guide the graduate instruction program and lead aggressive, cutting-edge research activities. Roughly 95 graduate students are enrolled in the department.