UTSA-SwRI Space Physics
Graduate Program



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 Ogasawara2022-08-02T14:28:54+00:00

Natalie Hinkel


Natalie Hinkel - photo credit: ScottBall-TheRivardReport-July2019 Education: B.A. in Physics, minor in Math, at Oberlin College (2005) Ph.D. in Astrophysics at Arizona State University (2012) Email: natalie.hinkel@gmail.com Research Interests: Stellar abundance analysis for nearby main-sequence stars, including investigation of measurement techniques and methodologies. Study of the chemical interplay between exoplanets and their host stars Investigation of M-dwarf abundances, below and above (via balloon and satellite missions) the atmosphere, in order to classify their rocky planets Architect and maintainer of the Hypatia Catalog Database: www.hypatiacatalog.com Computational astrophysics and machine learning algorithms, specifically using Python Transit ephemeris refinement of [...]

Natalie Hinkel2022-08-02T14:29:22+00:00

Todd Veach


Todd Veach Dr Veach has a PhD in Physics from Arizona State University. Dr. Veach is an astrophysicist specializing in the design, fabrication, and operation of laboratory, ground-based, balloon-borne, and spaceflight astronomical instruments. His research interests include UV/VIS/IR imaging and spectroscopy, FIR interferometry, cryogenics, astronomical detector development, star formation, supernovae, extra-solar planet formation and evolution, and cosmological structure formation. Dr. Veach has over 15 years’ experience with UV/VIS/IR imaging and spectroscopy, FIR interferometry, cryogenics, astronomical detector development, calibration, and cryogenic system design. Dr. Veach’s work has focused on the design of novel readout technology and characterization of [...]

Todd Veach2022-08-02T14:29:36+00:00

Tracy Becker


Tracy Becker Education: B.S. Astrophysics, Lehigh University 2010 Ph.D. Physics – Planetary Science Track, University of Central Florida, 2016 Research Areas: Co-Investigator and Composition Working Group lead for the Europa Clipper mission Composition of planetary surfaces including asteroids and icy moons Ultraviolet observations using the Hubble Space Telescope Studies of Saturn’s rings using data from the Cassini mission Computational modeling of asteroids using Arecibo planetary radar data Website: tracybecker.space

Tracy Becker2022-08-02T14:29:42+00:00

Ben Teolis


Education: Ph.D., Engineering Physics, University of Virginia, 2007 B.S., Applied Physics, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2000 Research Interest: Planetary Atmospheres and Magnetospheres Surfaces and Exospheres at Solar System Icy Satellites Spaceflight Instrumentation​​ Laboratory Surface Science, Optics and Astrophysics Europa Clipper mission MASPEXCo-Investigator & Cassini mission planetary scientist Current students: Joanna Wedemeyer

Ben Teolis2022-08-02T14:30:06+00:00

Ujjwal Raut


Ujjwal Raut Education: B.A. Physics, Luther College, 2001 Ph.D. Engineering Physics, University of Virginia, 2009 Email: uraut@swri.edu Phone: (210) 522-2178 Research Areas: Lunar and Planetary Science Icy Satellites Optical Spectroscopy of Planetary Surfaces Laboratory Simulations of Astrophysical Enviroments and Processes Space flight instrumentation Current Graduate Students: Caleb Gimar Bereket Mamo

Ujjwal Raut2022-08-02T14:29:54+00:00

Pete Roming


Pete Roming Education: B.S. Physics, Brigham Young University M.S. Physics, Brigham Young University Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University Email: proming@swri.edu Phone: 210-522-3410 Research Areas: Space- and ground-based astronomical detectors and instrumentation Transient observations of gamma-ray bursts and core collapse supernovae High redshift cosmology with gamma-ray bursts Current Graduate Students: Thomas Lechner Sam Slocum Past Graduate Students: Janie de la Rosa

Pete Roming2022-08-02T14:29:28+00:00

Kurt Retherford


Kurt Retherford Education: Ph.D. Physics & Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University, 2002 M.A. Physics & Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University, 1998 B.S. Applied Math, Engineering & Physics, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1994 Email: kretherford@swri.edu Phone: 210-522-3809 Professional Links: Google Scholar and LinkedIn Missions:  Europa Clipper Hubble Space Telescope Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) New Horizons Research Areas: Principal Investigator (PI) of the Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS), to be flown on NASA's Europa mission Deputy PI of the UVS on ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission PI of the Lyman [...]

Kurt Retherford2022-08-02T14:30:00+00:00

Stefano Livi


Stefano Livi Education: Ph.D. Physics, University of Florence, 1982 Ph.D. Astrophysics, University of Rome, 1987 Email: stefano.livi@swri.org Phone: 210-522-3310 Research Areas: Principal Investigator (PI) of the sensor Strofio, to be flown on the BepiColombo mission to Mercury PI of the HIS sensor to be flown on the Solar Orbiter mission Particle Detector Design and Testing UV Imaging Design and Testing Plasma analyzers, UV coronagraphs, mass spectrometers, and energetic particle sensors Co-Investigator on a number of American, European, Russian, and Japanese missions, including Phobos, Polar, Cassini, SOHO, Rosetta, and Geotail Current Graduate Students: Kylie Sullivan Jared Schroeder Past Graduate [...]

Stefano Livi2022-08-02T14:31:07+00:00

Mark Libardoni


Mark Libardoni Education: B.S. Chemistry, California State University M.S. Chemistry, University of Michigan Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Michigan Email: mlibardoni@swri.edu Phone: 210-522-2205 Research Areas: High speed and multi-dimensional gas phase separation and analysis Instrument development for harsh environments and deep space organic analysis Mass spectrometry and novel designs for trace level organic detection

Mark Libardoni2021-08-06T14:28:32+00:00
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