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 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.
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.
Muhammad is interested in exploring different field theoretic models with the current NISQ era quantum machines. He is also currently working on exploring AdS-CFT correspondence in the lattice setting. Previously he worked on gauge theoretic formulation of gravity in two dimension and explored dynamical triangulation of gravity in four spacetime dimensions.
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
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.
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.
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.
Prof. Candido is part of the Condensed Matter and Materials Physics research area at the University of Iowa, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
He is currently working with realistic implementations and proposals for hybrid quantum systems that would permit to build quantum computers and quantum devices using condensed matter systems.
Lead Electrical, Test and GSE. Systems Engineer (Magnetic Search Coil), Electrical Design Engineer.
Projects: Helped design space instrumentation for the Magnetic Search Coil on TRACERS and VIPER sounding rocket, and PLASMIC instrument for the LAMP sounding rocket. Also designed the control electronics for Iowa's Thermovacuum chamber.
Ivar has extensive experience in analyzing large, complex data sets, primarily in the space plasma wave research field, as well as in implementing operations (planning and commanding) for the plasma wave instrument on the Cluster spacecraft and will be doing similar work for the TRACERS mission. He also is experienced in processing and archiving of science data for multiple spacecraft missions.
Sarah Conley does research in computational space plasma physics. This includes running high-resolution simulations of turbulent solar wind plasma in order to better understand the process of Landau damping by electrons: a mechanism that contributes to the heating of the solar wind as it expands outward from the Sun. Characterizing this mechanism within simulations can provide theoretical framework for interpreting data from current and future spacecraft missions.
Michael Connelly is interested in the development of a harmonious understanding of nature between the very large and very small scale systems and the potential applications between. He currently works with Dr. Vincent G. J. Rodgers studying Standard Model fermions in Thomas-Whitehead Gravity.
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