Ali Sulaiman, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer


Ali's research specializes in explaining how energy (space plasma waves) propagate between the magnetospheres, ionospheres, satellites, and rings of the gas giants. His research portfolio is built on his involvement in NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, NASA/ESA's Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, and ESA's future Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission to Jupiter. Ali was the recipient of the 2019 University of Iowa Postdoctoral Scholar Excellence Award, the 2017 International Union of Radio Science Young Scientists Award, and the 2016 Springer Thesis Prize (Recognizing Outstanding PhD Research).

Research interests: Planetary magnetospheres: The coupling between giant planets and their environment (e.g. Saturn, its rings, and Enceladus). The solar wind interaction with giant planetary magnetospheres.

Plasma waves: The role of plasma waves in magnetospheres and ionospheres of giant planets.

Space plasma physics: Collisionless shock waves, particularly very high Mach number processes

Research areas
  • Space Physics
  • Plasma Physics
Ali Sulaiman
Ph.D. Space Physics, Imperial College London, 2016
M.Eng. Aeronautical Engineering (First-Class Honors), Imperial College London, 2012

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Iowa City, IA 52242
United States