People

Kaaret, Philip E

Philip Kaaret, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Departmental Chair
Professor
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Philip is the Departmental Chair and Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa. Kaaret studies X-rays and gamma-rays from black holes, neutron stars, and the hot gas surrounding galaxies. He led the design and construction (at UI) of HaloSat, which was the first CubeSat funded by NASA’s Astrophysics Division and studied the hot halo of the Milky Way galaxy.
Heather Mineart

Heather R. Mineart, M.B.A.

Title/Position
Interim Departmental Administrator
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Heather has been with the University of Iowa (UI) for 20 years and has worked in the Department of Physics & Astronomy for the last 17 years, currently serving as Interim Departmental Administrator. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration and Human Resource Management from Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids Iowa. She serves in various committees/councils across campus including past president of UI Staff Council, the Strategic Plans Faculty and Staff Success Development Team and various high level leadership searches.
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Evan Abbuhl

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Evan Abbuhl's research focuses on high resolution radio inteferometric studies of active binary stars. Using a global array of radio telescopes, he probes the structure of radio emission from these stars and attempts to directly locate the active region in the binary.
 

Arya Afshari

Title/Position
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Ugur Akgun

Ugur Akgun, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ugur Akgun is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the UI and a is an Associate Professor at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He specializes in advanced glasses for high energy physics detectors, as well as computational biophysics and detector simulations for the medical field. He develops radiation resistant glasses which the Iowa HEP group tests and characterizes in test-beam experiments.
 

Mohammad Alhusseini

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
David R. Andersen

David Andersen, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
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David Andersen is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Iowa and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
 

Gian Andreone

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
 

Alexei Bazavov

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Zoe Bellis

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Before coming to the University of Iowa, Zoe received her BS in Physics at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.  She is interested in stellar evolution and cosmology.
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Brandon Bergerud

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Brandon Bergerud's research interests lie in using machine learning and modeling to better understand the world around us. His thesis involves using deep learning to identify spiral arms in galaxies.
 

David Berman

Title/Position
Adjunct Associate Professor
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David H. Berman is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa.
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David Bernstein

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
David studies the friction force on particles in strongly coupled and strongly magnetized plasmas. He does so with both theory and computer simulations.
 

Jorge Berumen Cantu

Title/Position
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
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Burak Bilki, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Burak Bilki received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Iowa before becoming spokesperson for the T-1041 CMS upgrade program at Fermilab. He is a member of the CALICE collaboration and has contributed significant effort to that program. He also currently holds a position with Beykent University in Istanbul, Turkey. His current work involves the protoDUNE at CERN as well as CMS detector upgrade R&D
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Dylan Blend

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Graduate College Lulu Merle Johnson Fellowship recipient
Dylan is a recent BS Physics graduate from Texas A&M University. Dylan is from Houston, TX and his current research advisors are Professors Jane Nachtman and Yasar Onel. He will be an experimental particle physicist and I am currently involved in the CMS Outer Tracker Phase II Upgrade and DUNE experiment, Liquid Argon TPC. 
Jesse Bluem

Jesse Bluem

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
Jesse Bluem's research interests have been focused on X-ray astronomy and feedback processes in the Galaxy, as well as working with HaloSat, a CubeSat built at and operated by the university. He is currently working on an X-ray study of the spectra and distribution of material in the Galactic halo using data from HaloSat.
Thomas Boggess

Thomas Boggess, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Thomas F. Boggess is a Professor Emeritus in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa.
 

Cassandra Bogh

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
 

Nilay Bostan

Title/Position
Graduate Student
 

Scott Bounds, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Research Scientist/Engineer
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Broadfoot, Robert

Robert Broadfoot

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
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Robert Broadfoot took a non-traditional path to the doctoral program in physics by first obtaining a master’s degree in music performance. He is now performing research in experimental space physics under the mentorship of Dr. David Miles. His research interests include space weather and auroral dynamics.
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Collin Brown

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
Collin Brown’s research interests involve using high-performance computation and kinetic plasma theory to study the solar wind. He is working with Dr. Greg Howes, Dr. Jimmy Juno, and Dr. Steve Baek to develop a machine learning algorithm that detects key properties of shocks in simulated astrophysical plasmas.
 

Shea Brown, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Shea Brown is a Associate Professor of Instruction in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa. His area of interest is Astronomy and Astrophysics.
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Kenny Buffo

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
 

Denis Candido

Title/Position
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
 

Kerem Cankocak

Title/Position
Research Scientist/Engineer
 

Marc Cano

Title/Position
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
 

Xin Cao

Title/Position
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Andrew Carton

Andrew J. Carton

Title/Position
Electrical Design Engineer
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