UTSA-SwRI Space Physics
Graduate Program

Graduate Students

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

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

Jake Montgomery


Jake Montgomery Education: B.S. Physics, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2019 Research Interest: Characteristics of Magnetic Reconnection at Jupiter’s Dawn Magnetopause Investigation of Kelvin-Helmholtz Instabilities at Jupiter’s dawn magnetopause Properties of Jupiter’s boundary layer Fun Facts: I was born with 6 toes on one foot I played baseball for 14 years Dissertation Advisor: Rob Ebert

Jake Montgomery2023-09-12T18:03:47+00:00

Jared Schroeder


Jared Schroeder Education: B.S. Physics, Eastern Illinois University, 2020 Awards: Recipient of the Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) Fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year! Research Interests: Mass Spectrometry Exospheres Near-Earth Asteroid Light Curve Inversion Observational Techniques Fun Facts: I enjoy astrophotography, high-power rocketry, and outdoor activities like hiking and fishing! Dissertation Advisors: Stefano Livi and Mihir Desai Professional Links: LinkedIn

Jared Schroeder2023-09-12T19:27:17+00:00
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