Stephen Solimine is earning a PhD in the department of Atmospheric Science at University at Albany – SUNY and is a Cohort-1 NCAS-M Fellow. I am interested in the NCAS-M focus area Process-level Understanding and Enhanced Modeling Capabilities in support of the NCAS-M theme: Innovative observations for advancing the analysis and prediction of weather, climate, and atmospheric chemistry. My recent research experience involves the development of remote sensing techniques. In particular, the learning and development of automated cloud detection techniques with use of eSIR (environmental Sky Imager-Radiometer) images taken from various New York State Mesonet weather monitoring sites. The purpose of this research is to aid in the development of highly accurate, intra-hour surface radiation forecasts.