Scott Bounds, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist/Engineer
 

Kerem Cankocak

Research Scientist/Engineer
 

Durmus Demir

Research Scientist/Engineer
Zach Girazian

Zachary Girazian, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer

Zach uses spacecraft data to study how the upper atmospheres and ionospheres of Venus and Mars are impacted by the Sun and space environment. He has participated on the science teams of ESA’s Mars Express and Venus Express missions, and is currently a member on the science team of NASA’s MAVEN mission. Zach also has an excellent track record of obtaining funding; he received NASA fellowships as both a graduate student and postdoc, and has won two NASA grants as Principal Investigator while at the University of Iowa.

 

David Hartley

Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer
George Hospodarsky

George Hospodarsky, Ph.D.

Research Scientist/Engineer

George has over 30 years of experience in the design, testing, calibration, operation, and analysis of scientific data from radio and plasma wave instruments and sensors flown on spacecraft and sounding rockets, including the TRACERS, Galileo, Juno, Cassini, Van Allen Probes, VIPER, Wind and Polar missions. Responsible for search coil magnetometer development, performance and calibration for the Polar, Wind, Juno, Van Allen Probes, VIPER and TRACERS missions. Research is mainly on the radio and plasma waves found in the magnetospheres of the outer planets and Earth.

 

Masafumi Imai

Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer
 

F D Ingram

Research Scientist/Engineer
Bill Kurth

William Kurth, Ph.D.

Research Scientist/Engineer

Bill is a long-time member of the Radio and Plasma Wave Group at Iowa. He studies radio and plasma waves in planetary magnetospheres, the solar wind, and the interstellar medium. He is a co-investigator on the Voyager Plasma Wave investigation currently in the interstellar medium and is the lead for the Waves instrument on Juno in orbit at Jupiter. He was also the lead for the Waves instruments on Van Allen Probes and a Principal Investigator on the Cassini Mission to Saturn. Bill is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and was awarded the NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal.

 

Bin Liu, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist/Engineer
 

J. Douglas Menietti, Ph.D.

Research Scientist/Engineer

Dr. Menietti has extensive experience in space plasma data analysis and computation. 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.

 
 

Mehmet Oktay

Associate Research Scientist/Engineer
 

Sertac Ozturk

Research Scientist/Engineer
 

Aldo Penzo

Research Scientist/Engineer
 

Rahmat Rahmat

Research Scientist/Engineer
 

Jose Repond

Research Scientist/Engineer
 

Suranga Ruhunusiri, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer

Suranga’s research interests include building detectors to characterize charged particles in planetary plasma environments, applying machine learning methods for characterization of planetary plasma environments, and investigating plasma turbulence in planetary and cometary environments.

 

Brett Scheiner

Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer
 

Sercan Sen

Research Scientist/Engineer
Kristine Sigsbee

Kristine Sigsbee, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist/Engineer

Kristine investigates challenging questions in heliophysics about Earth’s magnetosphere, space weather, geomagnetic storms, and the Van Allen radiation belts.

Ali Sulaiman

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).