Craig Kletzing, PhD

Professor, researcher, husband, and friend passed away on August 10, 2023. Craig made major contributions to various fields of study in space plasma experimental physics over the years and has left a lasting impact on so many students and coworkers. 

Saturday, June 15

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lecture Room 1, Van Allen Hall

 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Old Brick, 26 E Market St.

Celebration dinner served at 6:00 p.m. Remarks at 7:00 p.m.


9 a.m.Refreshments  
9:15 a.m.WelcomeProfessor Mary Hall Reno, University of Iowa
Reno gives welcome at Kletzing Symposium
9:20 a.m.OverviewDr. Scott Bounds, University of Iowa
Scott Bounds speaks at Kletzing Symposium

9:40 a.m.

MMS and Early CareerProfessor Roy Torbert, University of New Hampshire
Tobert's graphic of gun detector electronics
10:00 a.m.Break 
Professors discuss research during break at Kletzing Symposium
10:20 a.m.Working with Craig on the Van Allen Probes Mission

Dr. David Hartley, University of Iowa

David Hartley speaks at Kletzing Symposium
10:40 a.m.

MMS: "Rockets, Satellites, and The Big Man"

Dr. Arya Afshari, University of Iowa
Arya Afshari presents about rocket missions at the Kletzing Symposium
11:00 a.m.Rockets: "Wave-particle correlator experiments to directly probe plasma physics at fine scale: innovations and contributions of Professor Craig Kletzing"Professor James LaBelle, Dartmouth
James LaBelle presents at Kletzing Symposium
11:20 a.m.Lab: "Craig Kletzing's studies of Alfven waves using the Large Plasma Device"Professor James Schroeder, Wheaton College
JamesSchroeder presents at Kletzing Symposium
11:40 a.m.TRACERS: "Craig Kletzing and the Tandem Reconnection and Cusp Electrodynamics Reconnaissance Satellites (TRACERS) Mission Dr. Stephen Fuselier, Southwest Research Institute
Stephen Fuselier talks about TRACERS mission at Kletzing Symposium
12:00 noon

Teaching: "A Physicist's Passion for Pedagogy"

Professor Allison Jaynes, University of Iowa, panel of former graduate students
Former Student panel at Kletzing symposium
12:20 p.m.ClosingProfessor David Miles, University of Iowa
David Miles gives closing remarks at Kletzing Symposium
12:30 p.m.Lunch on your own  
2:00 p.m.Student-lead tours of labs and testing centers 
Scott Bounds gives tour of testing center
5:30 - 8:30 pm

Reception at Old Brick

  • Dinner at 6 p.m.
  • Music
  • Slide show of contributed pictures 

  • Reflections from invited guests

Kletzing Symposium Reception at Old Brick

Recording of symposium via Zoom
See more symposium photos and learn about Craig's career and legacy on this website:

Memorials may be made in support of the Physics and Astronomy Gift Fund to the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550. On memo line, note “Gift in memory of Dr. Craig Kletzing.”
 Donations may also be made online at