Graduate Program in Physics with Specialization in Space Physics and Instrumentation



Thomas Kyoung-Ho Kim


Thomas Kyoung-Ho Kim Education: B.S. Astronomy and Space Science, Chungbuk National University, 2012 M.S.  Physics, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2017 Research Interest: ​Radial and latitudinal evolution of multi-species ion distribution function and plasma parameters in Jupiter's plasma sheet Investigation on ion heating mechanisms in Jupiter's magnetosphere Theory and application of the kappa distribution on space plasmas Simulation and calibration on electrostatic analyzer (ESA) and carbon-foil based time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometers Fellowships and Recognitions: Best General Science Poster at the 2016 GEM Summer Workshop Publications: Method to Derive Ion Properties from Juno JADE Including Abundance Estimates for O+ and S2+ Jovian [...]

Thomas Kyoung-Ho Kim2020-09-21T17:52:20+00:00

Don George


Don George Education: B.S. Nuclear Engineering, Kansas State University, 1983 M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Toledo, 1995 M.S. Physics, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2016 Research Interest: Kinetic Simulation of Magnetic Reconnection involving Energized O+ Development of CubeSats and other SmallSats for Space Science Space Based Plasma Instrumentation, from concept to deployment Development of a standardized, modular, electronics platform for CubeSats and Rockets Thesis Advisor: Jörg-Micha Jahn

Don George2020-09-21T17:52:50+00:00

Ben Byron


Ben Bryon Education: B.S. Physics, University of Texas at Dallas, 2014 Research Interest: Planetary Geology Astrophysics Thesis Advisor: Kurt Retherford Candidacy: 2018

Ben Byron2020-09-21T17:54:10+00:00

Jenna Zink


Jenna Zink Thesis Title: Absolute Measurements of keV Electron Beams Thesis Advisor: Frederic Allegrini Current Position and Research Areas: Jenna is currently an Intern at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, they are a full service lobbying and consulting firm specializing in advocacy for scientific research and higher education. She is interested in science communication,advocacy, and science policy.

Jenna Zink2020-09-21T17:54:26+00:00

Joseph Westlake


Joseph Westlake Thesis Title: Titan's upper atmospheric structure and ionospheric composition Thesis Advisor: Hunter Waite Current Position and Research Areas: Joe is a senior staff scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. Current research includes Cassini INMS, CAPS, and MIMI analysis of Titan's upper atmosphere and its interaction with Saturn's magnetosphere, MMS-EPD investigations of energetic particles in magnetospheric reconnection, and he is the deputy instrument lead for the JENI energetic neutral atom imager for the European JUICE mission set to explore the Jovian icy moons.

Joseph Westlake2020-09-21T17:54:41+00:00

Sarah K. Vines


Thesis Title: Ion-scale characteristics and dynamics of dayside magnetopause reconnection exhausts: Effects of interplanetary magnetic field orientation Thesis Advisor: Stephen Fuselier Current Position and Research Areas: Sarah is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She is continuing her graduate work on magnetic reconnection with the NASA MMS mission, working with the MAG team and the Energetic Ion Spectrometer. She is also working on the NSF AMPERE constellation studying the coupling of the solar wind to magnetospheric processes through observations of Birkeland currents.

Sarah K. Vines2020-09-21T17:55:02+00:00

Brent Randol


Brent Randol Thesis Title: Measurements of solar wind and pick-up ions from new horizons/solar wind around Pluto Thesis Advisor: David J. McComas Current Position and Research Areas: Brent was awarded the NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship after graduating and he is currently working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His main focus is understanding the full response of the Voyager low-energy energetic particle instruments and data with the goal of characterizing suprathermal particles in the solar wind at large heliographic distances and shedding light on the current puzzle of how they are accelerated. He also works instrumentation for the [...]

Brent Randol2020-09-18T21:52:55+00:00

George Nicolaou


George Nicolaou Thesis Title: Bulk properties of plasma ions in the deep Jovian magnetotail Thesis Advisor: David J. McComas Current Position and Research Areas: George is a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna, Sweden.

George Nicolaou2020-09-18T21:56:30+00:00

David Mackler


David Mackler, PH.D. Thesis Title: An Observational Study of the Relationship Between Precipitating Ions and ENAs Emerging from the Ion/Atmosphere Interaction Region Thesis Advisor: Jörg-Micha Jahn Current Position and Research Areas: Dave is currently a postdoctoral researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center working on the Fast Plasma Investigation on the MMS mission.

David Mackler2020-09-21T18:17:51+00:00

Kristie Llera


Kristie Llera Thesis Title: ENERGETICS OF NEAR-EARTH PARTICLES: ENERGY CORRECTION IN OBSERVATION AND MEASUREMENT Thesis Advisor: Jerry Goldstein Current Position and Research Areas:Kristie is a postdoctoral researcher at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. She studies ion-neutral interactions between the solar wind and the cometary plasma environment using Ion and Electron Sensor and other instruments within the Rosetta Plasma Consortium suite.

Kristie Llera2020-09-21T18:18:04+00:00

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