UTSA-SwRI Space Physics
Graduate Program

Planetary Science

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 Becker2023-05-25T20:18:58+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 Teolis2023-05-25T20:19:03+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 Raut2023-05-25T20:19:08+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 Retherford2023-09-07T14:30:46+00:00

Randy Gladstone


Randy Gladstone Education: B.Sc. Geophysics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia, 1978 M.S. Planetary Science, Caltech, 1980 Ph.D. Planetary Science, Caltech, 1983 Email: randy.gladstone@swri.org Phone: 210-522-3581 Research Areas: Terrestrial and Jovian aurora and airglow Extreme and far ulraviolet scattering problems Hydrocarbon photochemistry Evolution of planetary atmospheres Current Graduate Students: Ashley Davis David Gomez

Randy Gladstone2023-05-25T20:19:20+00:00
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