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, Fall 2021, Winter 2022.

Graduation Date: Summer 2017

Current Position: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Adjunct Professor, United States Space Force, Aerospace Engineer

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 the Solar System.
  • Authored thesis “The Effects on Titan Atmospheric Modeling by Variable Molecular Reaction Rates.”
  • Instrument calibration of New Horizons Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP)