Belay Demoz

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

I will share lessons learned from my unlikely, but rewarding journey from the Horn of Africa that is characterized by historic drought, civil war, geopolitics, and luck (a lot of it) and the struggle to pay it back to society through integration of science, education, and service.  It is a journey that benefited from good people, unexpected opportunities, good advice and choices I made along the way (some that I did not know were good at the time), including becoming an atmospheric physicist.