UTSA-SwRI Space Physics
Graduate Program

Graduate Students

Saniya Sanada


Education: B.E. Aerospace, University of Tsukuba, 2022 M.Sc. Planetary Science , University of Tokyo, 2024  Research Interests: Planetary Science Magnetosphere and Atmosphere environment Identification of surface environments of stars with potential for life Fun Facts: I like playing ice hockey (skating as well), swimming, and hiking. I enjoy taking photos by film camera and cafe-hopping. Dissertation Advisor: Kurt Retherford

Saniya Sanada2024-07-09T17:38:14+00:00

Felix Minta


Education: BSc Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics- University of Cape Coast -Ghana. MSc. Space Environment - Egypt- Japan University of Science and Technology. Research Interests: Heliospheric and/or Space Physics: - Deep Learning Applications to Space Weather CMEs Solar radio bursts SEPs, etc Fun Facts: Let me entertain you with the dulcet tones of a dying walrus performing opera! My voice is so awful that even the neighborhood dogs beg for earplugs. Dissertation Advisor: Mihir Desai and Rob Ebert

Felix Minta2024-07-09T16:36:51+00:00

Ty Peterson


Education: B.S. in Physics and Astronomy, Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing, University of Pittsburgh, 2023 Research Interests: Subsurface dynamics of Icy moons Thermophysical characteristics of the Martian Surface Fun Facts: I love rock climbing and surfing, and I am always down for a fun adventure! Dissertation Advisor: Ujjwal Raut

Ty Peterson2024-07-09T17:36:11+00:00

Jasmine Singh


Education: B.S. Planetary Science (Atmospheric Science double major), Purdue University, 2022 Research Interests: Astrobiology (Icy Moon + Exoplanet Habitability) Planetary Atmospheres Fun Facts:  I collect stuffed animals from each state/country I travel to. I run a successful science communication Twitter account with tens of thousands of followers (@astro_jaz). I have been playing flute since sixth grade and was in the marching band in high school. I learned I got into grad school on my birthday (best day ever)! Dissertation Advisor: Kurt Retherford

Jasmine Singh2024-07-09T17:40:56+00:00

Prachi Pathare


Undergraduate Degree: BSc. Physics & MSc. Physics Research Interests: Heliospheric Physics Fun Facts: I was featured in an Instagram reel that garnered 1.3 million views. Dissertation Advisor: Mihir Desai

Prachi Pathare2024-01-25T19:00:14+00:00

Blaise Veres


Blaise Veres Undergraduate degree: B.S. Physics, minor in Mathematics, Gettysburg College 2022 Research Interests: Planetary Science Fun Facts: Juggling is one of my biggest hobbies; the most I can juggle is 5 balls. I am fascinated by philosophy, history/philosophy of science, religion, and music/musicology. I love playing racket sports; especially badminton, table tennis, and pickleball. Contact me if you want to play! Dissertation Advisor: Kurt Retherford

Blaise Veres2023-09-07T15:01:05+00:00

Simon Mendenhall


Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Physics, University of South Florida, 2021 Research Interests: Planetary atmospheres, UV/IR spectroscopy, exoplanets, climate Fun Facts: I enjoy learning languages, hiking, and calligraphy.  

Simon Mendenhall2023-08-10T14:42:15+00:00

Abdullah Shmies


Education: B.S degree in General Physics, Lebanese University, 2011 Masters (M1) in Fundamental Physics, Lebanese University, 2013 Teaching Diploma, Physics, Lebanese University, 2018 Research Interests: Heliospheric Physics Physical processes affecting Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) events and Ground Level Enhancements (GLEs) Fun Fact(s): I'm fond of the saying: "How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest for a while" Dissertation Advisor: Maher Dayeh

Abdullah Shmies2023-10-30T13:40:32+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

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
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