UTSA-SwRI Space Physics
Graduate Program



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

Mark Hamel


Mark Hamel Thesis Title: The affects on Titan atmospheric modeling by variable molecular reaction rates Thesis Advisor: Kathy Mandt Fellowships and Recognitions: Bill and Alicia Hoover Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Award, UTSA (2015) Vandenberg SFB, 2SLS Squadron Civilian of the Quarter, Fall 2020. Graduation Date: Summer 2017 Current Position: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Adjunct Professor Research Areas: Researched uncertainties in Titan atmospheric ion-neutral chemistry model and determined which reaction rates were most consequential to ion densities in the ionosphere and compared results to Cassini instrument data. Worked on IR&D team focused on protoplanetary chemistry and modeling of [...]

Mark Hamel2022-08-02T14:40:29+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 Fun Facts: I was born with 6 toes on one foot I played baseball for 14 years Dissertation Advisor: Rob Ebert

Jake Montgomery2022-08-02T14:34:46+00:00

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 Schroeder2022-08-02T14:35:18+00:00

Kylie Sullivan


Kylie Sullivan Education: BS in Physics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2020 Research Interests: Space weather Plasma environment analysis Fun Facts: I have produced 2 full length musicals (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Carrie). I have lived (briefly) in 2 other countries (England and Switzerland). Dissertation Advisors: Stephen Fuselier and Heather Elliott

Kylie Sullivan2022-10-28T18:47:17+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
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