Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Alumna Houraa Daher learns about climate system in Netherlands

Posted: September 11, 2015

Alumna Houraa Daher learns about climate system in Netherlands Houraa Daher

After graduating from U-M, Houraa Daher knew she did not want to stop learning. She signed up for a two-week summer program at the University of Utrecht, one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe.

She took a course on the physics of the climate system, which addresses how the laws of physics affect the climate. Daher was the only American in the class, which was comprised of 20 students. Each day consisted of core lectures, thematic talks and project work, leading up to a presentation from the students at the end.

Daher’s presentation was on glaciers and climate change, which relates to material she learned from Climate & Space.

Daher says her favorite part of being in the Netherlands was enjoying time in the city.

“It was good to experience the Dutch culture and look at old architecture and canals flowing through the city. It was also great to go to school with people from all over the world.”

Daher recommends the program to upcoming junior and senior students in Climate & Space. “It’s good to see another campus in another country,” she adds.

Currently, Daher has two research jobs. She works in Associate Professor Brian Arbic’s lab and with Professor Ricky Rood in the GLERL (Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory) office. With GLERL, she helps the National Park Service predict ice cover on the Apostle Island to prepare for potential tourism in the area.

To learn more about the summer program at the University of Utrecht, please visit

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