UTSA-SwRI Space Physics
Graduate Program



Abdullah Shmies


Education: B.S degree in General Physics, 2011 Research Interests: Heliospheric Physics Fun Fact(s): I love nature Dissertation Advisor: Maher Dayeh

Abdullah Shmies2023-05-24T19:14:33+00:00

Heechan Cha


Education: B.S. Astronomy and Space Science, Chungbuk National University, South Korea, 2019 Research Interests: Magnetosphere-Ionosphere coupling through in-situ particle measurement Fun Fact(s): I love traveling! Dissertation Advisor: Keiichi Ogasawara

Heechan Cha2023-05-26T13:54:28+00:00

Elena Dolgas


Elena Dolgas Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Planetary Science from Florida Institute of Technology, 2020 Research Interests: Planetary science, specifically surfaces and ISRU Fun Facts: Attended over 30 concerts Interned at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the Curiosity rover Hiked snow-covered Rocky Mountains Can recite (most of) the movie "Interstellar"

Elena Dolgas2023-05-26T13:54:33+00:00

Aaron Deleon


Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Physics with minor in Astronomy/Astrophysics from UTSA 2020 Research interests: Currently working on asteroid modeling with Dr. Becker. Very interested in planetary science. Still figuring out my specific interests! Fun facts: I have backpacked through the Chisos mountains in Big Bend National Park twice! Avid reader of sci-fi and comics. Advisor: Tracy Becker

Aaron Deleon2023-05-26T13:54:38+00:00

Stacy Godshall


Non-Thesis Comprehensive Exam Title: Lunar Crossing of the MagnetotailAdvisor: Mihir DesaiFellowships and Recognitions:Selected to be the 1st Program Director for the Space and Missile Defense Program in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at The United States Military Academy; created and initiated its Space Science major and Space Science minor (2015-2018)Selected by the US Army’s Advanced Civilian Schooling program to pursue a 2nd MS in Space Systems Engineering (2018-2020) and a PhD in Systems Engineering (2018-present)Selected by the US Army Space Operations program to become the only military faculty member in the Space Systems Academic Group at the Naval [...]

Stacy Godshall2023-05-26T13:48:10+00:00

Keiichi Ogasawara


Education: Ph.D., Space Plasma Physics, University of Tokyo, 2006 M.S. Space Science and Physics, University of Tokyo, 2003 B.S. Geophysics, University of Tokyo, 2001 Email: kogasawara@swri.edu Phone: 210-522-2956 Professional Links: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=rpMJJ30AAAAJ Missions: IMAP Solar Orbiter IBEX Research Areas: Dr. Ogasawara is a principal Scientist at the Southwest Research Institute. His areas of expertise include: (1) Nonthermal distribution functions of space plasma, (2) Solar wind suprathermal particles, (3) Planetary neutrons and γ-rays, (4) Interaction of solar wind and planetary magnetosphere, (5) Magnetosphere-Ionosphere coupling through in-situ particle measurement, (6) Plasma and dust interaction in the heliosheath, (7) Solid material and charged particle interaction, (8) [...]

Keiichi Ogasawara2023-05-25T20:29:31+00:00

Josh Alquiza


Josh Alquiza Research Advisor: Phil Valek Fellowships: UTSA Doctoral Fellowship Graduation Date: May 2010 Current Position: Northwest Vista College – Full-Time Physics Instructor Research Areas: Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Velocity Filters Space Weather Ring Current Composition Analysis (TWINS)

Josh Alquiza2023-05-24T19:19:37+00:00

Dinesh Kumar


Undergraduate Degree: M.Sc. (Hons) Physics B.E. (Hons) Electronics and Communications from BITS Pilani, 2019 Research Interests: Planetary Magnetosphere Planetary Lightning Payload Instrumentation Awards: Winner of People's Choice Award in the Three Minute Thesis Competition held at UTSA in Spring 2022. Winner of the prestigious "Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology" (FINESST-21) grant. Publications: V. R. Dinesh Kumar, Jayesh P. Pabari, Kinsuk Acharyya, C.T. Russell, "Venus lightning: Estimation of charge and dimensions of charge regions for lightning initiation", Icarus, Volume 365, 2021, 114473, ISSN 0019-1035 Fun Facts: I can speak 5 languages and I am currently learning 2 [...]

Dinesh Kumar2023-05-24T19:17:59+00:00

Patrice Smith


Patrice Smith Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Astronomy, Minor in Physics, University of Hawaii at Hilo Research Interests: Planetary Science Dissertation Advisor: Kurt Retherford

Patrice Smith2023-05-26T13:54:56+00:00

Rob Ebert


Robert Ebert Dissertation Title: Jupiter’s Magnetotail: Plasma Composition, Dusk Boundary Structure and Tail Motion Dissertation Advisor: David McComas Fellowships and Recognitions: Recognized by Who’s Who at UTSA and Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities (2009 – 2010). UTSA Presidential Dissertation Fellowship (2009). NASA Group Achievement Award - Ulysses Mission Team (2009). National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS-D2; 2008 – 2010). Graduation Date: Fall 2010 Publications: Google Scholar Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Southwest Research Institute Current Position: Southwest Research Institute – Principal Scientist & Lead Adjoint Professor for UTSA Space Physics [...]

Rob Ebert2023-05-24T19:17:19+00:00
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