Gus Alaka, an AMS Member, is a PhD student in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He works in Dr Eric Maloney's research group and studies the intraseasonal variability of the West African monsoon. He did his MS thesis in 2010 on the same topic. Mr Alaka is very interested in tropical cyclones, running daily WRF simulations over the North Atlantic and North Africa from operational GFS forecast fields. As a Global Sustainability Leadership Fellow at CSU, Mr Alaka cares deeply about how weather information is shared with the public and is also interested in science policy. In his time at CSU, Mr Alaka has served as an officer in the Northern Colorado local AMS Chapter, a graduate student representative, and a teaching assistant for Introduction to Climate and Dynamics I. Mr Alaka grew up near Boston, Massachusetts, where he developed a passion for science and athletics (soccer, hockey, and lacrosse). His fascination with weather began during the landfall of Hurricane Bob in New England in 1991. After starting the first Science Club at Lynnfield High School, Mr Alaka attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor from 2004-2008, where he studied atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences. In the AOSS program, Mr Alaka began working on research projects: Equatorial wave analysis with Dr Christiane Jablonowski and the remote sensing of carbon dioxide with Dr Chris Ruf. In addition, he interned at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ in the summer of 2007, working under Bill Stern analyzing how well the CM2.0 and CM2.1 models simulated the MJO and equatorial waves. Mr Alaka was a very active student, having served as Vice President of the Zeta Psi International Fraternity in 2006 and the Vice President of Recruitment for the University of Michigan's Interfraternity Council in 2007.