J. Douglas Menietti, Ph.D.

Research Scientist/Engineer

Dr. Menietti has extensive experience in space plasma data analysis and computation.  At SwRI, Dr. Menietti performed modeling and data analysis of both particle and wave data from a number of satellites including Atmospheric Explorer, Dynamics Explorer, Voyager, and Ulysses.  His investigations have included electron conic formation, cusp particle dynamics and flux transfer event dynamics.  He has also studied the generation and propagation of terrestrial chorus, Z-mode, auroral kilometric radiation, and kilometric emission from each of the gaseous giant planets. More recent interests include wave growth analyses using the WHAMP dispersion solver for the space plasma environment.  He has performed extensive analyses of Galileo and Polar plasma wave data and is credited with discovering control of Jovian Hectometric (HOM) emission by Ganymede.  He has conducted analysis of Cassini plasma wave data studying diffusive acceleration of the electrons by chorus and Z-mode emission.  Currently, he is a Participating Scientist on the Juno Mission studying plasma waves in the Jovian magnetosphere.


NASA Science Team Achievement Award for Dynamics Explorer and Cluster Missions

University of Iowa Mary Louis Kelly Staff Excellence Award


American Geophysical Union and the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).

Research areas
  • Space Physics
D. John Menietti
Ph.D., Astrophysics, University of Iowa, 1977
M.S., Physics, University of Iowa, 1974
B.S., Physics, University of Iowa, 1971
Contact Information

653A Van Allen Hall (VAN)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States