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Jesse Juchtzer
Principal Research Technician

Professional Interests

  • Jesse is currently the Principle Research Technician for Desert Research Institute (DRI), Division of Atmospheric Science, Cloud Seeding Program. With over six years of distinguished service at DRI, Jesse provides a wide range of advanced technical, mechanical and scientific research skills to support and manage water resource enhancement and snowpack augmentation projects within western US states (CA, NV, CO, UT, WY).
  • As a 6thgeneration native Nevadan, Jesse values the public services which DRI can provide not only to the current residence, businesses and recreational users, but for all future generations to come. Jesse’s passion for applied research projects is derived from his combined experience as a veteran US NAVY Aviation Mechanic as well as the scientific integrity instilled as a former US Geological Survey (USGS) Hydrologic Technician.
  • The unique aptitude and knowledge required to innovate, fabricate, install, maintain and analyze the data obtained from a variety of customized research platforms, while also conducting remote field work in mountainous terrain during all-season weather conditions, is ultimately what fuels this DRI researchers drive to advance atmospheric science using novel water resource management tools and strategies.
  • Jesse’s desire to discover Nature’s elusive secrets using the scientific method has also lead to the development of multiple public and K-12 outreach programs to share these important findings and hopefully inspire the next generation of inquisitive explorers.

Capabilities and Services

Fabrication, Maintenance, Troubleshooting

  • Custom Metal (steel, aluminum, stainless), wood and composite fabrication
  • Advance AC/DC electrical wiring and installation
  • Fluids/Gases system plumbing, metering, automation
  • Proprietary CAD blueprinting and prototype development

Data Acquisition, Analysis, Reports

  • Programming of Campbell Scientific and WaterLog dataloggers and associated sensory equipment
  • Development of remote communication platforms and real-time display systems (satellite, radio, cellular)
  • Sampling and Laboratory measurements using NIST protocols (air, water, soil, biological, survey levels)
  • Archival data management with graphical compilation (ArcGIS) for visual QA/QC and report generation

Field Work and Innovative Solutions

  • Multi-Day remote travel using (4×4 vehicles, snowmobiles, hike, snowshoe) in all weather conditions
  • Advanced wilderness first aid, personnel and vehicle recovery methods, safety focused work ethics
  • Heavy equipment operator, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) pilot, strenuous manual labor qualified
  • Ability to solve field related issues with novel and effective approaches

Professional Preparation and Certifications

Cert/DegreeYearInstitutionArea
Cert2019Weather Modification Association, UTWeather Modification Operator
Cert2019FAA/UAS Recurrent Remote Pilot License, NVSmall Unmanned Aircraft (Part 107)
Cert2017FAA/UAS Remote Pilot License, NVSmall Unmanned Aircraft (Part 107)
Cert2012United States Geological Survey, CASurface Water Records Computation
Cert2011United States Geological Survey, CAStreamflow Measurements using ADCPs
Cert2010United States Geological Survey, CABackcountry Snowmobile Operator/Wilderness First Aid
B.S.2009Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NVEnvironmental Science & Ecology
A.S.2007Truckee Meadows Community College, NVEnvironmental Science
VTS.2004Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, CAAirframe and Powerplant Maintenance
Cert2002United States Navy, San Diego, CAFederal OSHA Hazardous Materials HAZWOPER
Cert2002United States Navy, Pensacola, FLMIG/TIG/MAG/SMAW/Other metallurgy fabrication processes
VTS.2001United States Navy, Great Lakes, ILNaval Aviation (Structural/Hydraulic) Mechanic

Keywords

Atmospheric Science,Meteorology,Climatology,Hydrology,Hydroelectric,Precipitation,Water Resources,Snow,Snowpack,Snowflakes,Stories in the Snow,Cloud Seeding,Weather Modification,Weather Modification Association,Aerosols,Ice Nuclei,Silver Iodide,Ultra Trace Chemistry,Fabrication,Maintenance,Weather Station,Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,UAV,Sierra Nevada Mountains,Lake Tahoe,Truckee River,Pyramid Lake,Ruby Mountains,Santa Rosa Mountains,Humboldt River,Spring Mountains,Walker Lake, Walker River,San Juan Mountains,San Miguel Mountains,Rocky Mountains, Colorado River

 

Program(s)

 

Publications
2017
McDonough, F., Mejia, J. F., Shourd, K. N., Carroll, R. W., Lutz, A. D., Dean, J., Juchtzer, J. W., Huggins, A. W., Kaplan, M. L., DeLuna, R., Trembath, C. (2017). Weather Modification Feasibility Study – Laramie Range Siting and Design, Level III Study, April 30, 2017, Project report prepared for the Wyoming Water Development Office, Cheyenne, WY.
Conference Proceedings
2019
Collins, M. J., McDonough, F., Juchtzer, J. W., Arienzo, M. M., Dean, J. (2019). Stories in the Snow: Crowd-Sourced Snow Crystal Images to Identify Tahoe Winter Cloud Structures, Annual Western Snow Conference: Reno, NV, April 16, 2019-April 18, 2019
Juchtzer, J. W. (2019). A Hexacontagonal History of Sierra Snowflakes, Desert Research Institute ? 60 Years of Weather Modification, Weather Modification Association – Annual Conference: Chandler, AZ, April 24, 2019-April 26, 2019, Presented.
Watts, A. C., Ottmar, R., Grimm, D., Juchtzer, J. W., Melarkey, P. M., Page, D. J., Kobziar, L., Nelson, K. N., Boehmler, J. (2019). Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for data collection at the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE), 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Tucson, AZ, November 18, 2019-November 22, 2019, Presented.
2017
McDonough, F., Juchtzer, J. W., Shourd, K. N., Dean, J. (2017). Supercooled Liquid Water Observations within Storms over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Weather Modification Association Annual Meeting: Boise, ID, April 17, 2017-April 20, 2017