Saturday, July 08, 2006

World Champs in the Triangle

Since the weather is tranquil this weekend, I thought I would take a break from talking about the weather to tell you about a group of world champions that live right here in the Triangle. No, I'm not talking about the Carolina Hurricanes. I'm actually talking about a small group of computer engineering students from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The image you see on the left is a screen capture from a program this group of students designed to model UV ray exposure to 3-D objects including the human body. Their program placed first in the IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition topping other universities from around the country and around the world.

You probably hear us talk about the UV index each day in our Weather on the Ones forecast. When the UV index is high, you have a greater chance to get a sunburn when spending time outdoors without a sunblock lotion. This is important information because studies have shown sunburns could lead to skin cancer later in life. This computer program designed by NC State students called SunRay can model what parts of the body could be especially susceptible to UV rays during different times of the day and at different locations around the world.

Before the students presented their program at the competition in Washington, DC, I had the opportunity to meet a couple of the team members to discuss how meteorologists and the general public may be able to use information provided by their program. It was a pleasure meeting the team and their professors. I can tell you this team certainly deserved this honor. Isn't it great to hear about world class students doing great things right here at home in North Carolina?

You can meet the team and read more about their program through this link --

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