Janine Baijnath

Janine Baijnath
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Climate Modeling
Principal Investigator: Dr. Friedemann Freund


Growing up in Southern Ontario, Canada, I have been fortunate enough to experience a variety of weather phenomena from humid summers to wintertime cold snaps, and everything in between. As a child, I remember often gazing up in the sky and asking questions about the origins of our universe and the planet Earth. This curiosity motivated me to pursue a career in Earth and Atmospheric Science. At the age of six, I first told my parents that I wanted to work for NASA. I spent the past 19 years in the pursuit of that dream and I have grown to appreciate the value of the Space Program. NASA’s many missions including Aqua, AIM and CloudSat explore the very areas to which I would like to dedicate my professional life. I am undoubtedly excited to become an integral member of the NASA Ames Academy and to share my passion for the Atmospheric Sciences with the rest of the team.


Currently, I am pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. There, I am working on joint projects between the University and Environment Canada. I have also obtained a Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Climate Modeling with First Class ranking at the University of Waterloo. I was fortunate to have received several awards for my research and presentations including the Provost Doctoral Award for outstanding research accomplishments at the University of Waterloo. Prior to my Master’s degree, I obtained a Specialist Bachelor of Science, Honours (B.Sc.) degree in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from York University located in Toronto, Canada. As part of my undergraduate degree, I completed a Certificate in Meteorology and a Certificate in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems from York University’s Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering (ESSE).

In addition to my training in the physical sciences, I have successfully completed a certificate program at the Journalism Broadcast Institute of Seneca College in Toronto, Canada. I spent a significant amount of time in a professional newsroom environment where I developed my writing and broadcasting skills that were geared towards weather presenting.


I am currently employed as a Meteorologist at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News Network in Toronto, Canada. Some of my daily responsibilities include conducting national and regional weather forecasts, building weather graphics, conducting briefings and making on-air presentations.

I am also a graduate level Teaching Assistant (T.A.) at the University of Waterloo. I lead laboratories and conduct fieldwork exercises for groups of up to 200 students. As a T.A., I have come to appreciate the importance of clear communication in laboratory work.

In 2009, I had the opportunity to conduct scientific research for two consecutive weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. This collaborative project with the Mars Society and NASA provided me with insight into life on Mars.

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I also have extensive experience as a runway model. I participated in several competitions in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York where I was fortunate to win several awards. I appeared as a contestant on the hit television show “Canada’s Next Top Model” as well as in various music videos for international music artists. I enjoy composing music, playing the keyboard and dancing.