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Joyce Chrisinger

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Graphic Specialist
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Ivar W. Christopher

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Research Specialist
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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.
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Sarah Conley

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Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Student Advisory Committee Member
Graduate Student Mentor
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.
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Michael Connolly

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
Graduate College Recruitment Fellow
Graduate Student Advisory Committee Member
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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James Corona

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Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant
James Corona is interested in conducting research in the areas of quantum computation and quantum information theory. He is currently working with Dr. Yannick Meurice to simulate quantum systems in various models such as the Abelian Higgs model. He plans to develop new methods for using quantum computers to study systems which are unfeasible for simulation on classical computers.
Danielle Crawford

Danielle Crawford

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Senior Systems Administrator
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Dani is Science Operations Center (SOC) manager for TRACERS and was SOC Manager for EMFISIS instrument on Van Allen Probes, launched 2012.
 

Paul Debbins

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E & A Project Specialist
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Casey DeRoo

Casey DeRoo, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor
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Casey DeRoo studies the UV/X-ray sky and the instrumentation needed to make effective astronomical measurements at these wavelengths. His research focuses on the fabrication, characterization, and use of diffraction gratings in spectrometers and on thin, high performance mirrors for high energy telescopes. For his work developing freeform grating patterns on curved surfaces, Prof. DeRoo was named a Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellow by NASA’s Astrophysics Division in 2021.
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Andrew Dewald

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Graduate Student
Jeff Dolan

Jeff Dolan

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Principal Engineer
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Dolan is the instrument systems engineer for the TRACERS project. He served as the lead system engineer for the design, delivery, and assembly of electric and magnetic field instruments flown on the NASA sponsored Van Allen Probe spacecraft. He successfully collaborated with colleagues across the nation, supporting the integration and testing of the instruments following their installation.
Richard Dvorsky

Richard Dvorsky

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Aerospace Principal Engineer (Mechanical)
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Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Systems Engineer
Projects: Juno, Van Allen Probes, MMS, TRACERS, Sounding Rockets
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Adrian Elcock, Ph.D.

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Professor
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Adrian Elcock is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Iowa and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Mike A. Estenson

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Research Design Engineering Manager
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CLAS Research Support, Design, Engineering, Repair, Calibration, ESD support, Troubleshooting
Projects: Support all of U of I campus, and outside customers for technical support needs. Includes diverse projects from many colleges and departments.
Jeremy Faden

Jeremy B. Faden

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Application Developer
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Cecilia Fasano

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Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Student Advisory Committee Member
Cecilia Fasano’s research interests lie at the intersection of nanofabrication, technology development, and astrophysics. She is currently working with Prof. Casey DeRoo and Prof. Keri Hoadley on a project designing and fabricating the next generation of x-ray and UV gratings for use in astronomical instrumentation.
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David Fehr

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Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Student Advisory Committee Member
David Fehr is interested in condensed matter theory research and currently works with Dr. Flatté, studying the theory of spin coherence of molecules with nanoscale confinement . Before coming to the University of Iowa, David double majored in music and physics as an undergraduate and earned a master's degree in physics at the University of North Dakota.
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Alberto Felix

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Connor Feltman

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Graduate Research Assistant
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Connor Feltman works with Dr. Craig Kletzing and Dr. Scott Bounds researching Space Plasma as pertaining to auroral phenomena. He engages in testing hardware and processing data for rocket missions launched into the northern hemisphere to observe the connection between auroral events, their composite particles and Earth's magnetic field.
Glen Fessenden

Glen Fessenden

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Engineering Coordinator
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He graduated from U of Iowa in 1988 with a BS degree in Physics.. As a student he had the pleasure of having Dr. Van Allen during Van Allen’s last class he would teach. He also worked with Dr Van Allen as Vice President of SPS in organizing speakers and trips. Later he worked as an engineer in the Space Physics group. For the next 26 years this help produce quality products in telephony and educational software. In Aug 2022 Glen returned to The Space Physics group to continue to test, repair, support, and prepare rooms for Space Flight components. “I am excited to return to the best job I ever had and it just keeps getting better”
Rachel Filwett

Rachael Filwett, Ph.D.

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
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Rachael’s research interests are in observational space physics. She is particularly interested in high energy ions and how they are accelerated and transported from the near-Sun environment to, and through, planetary magnetospheres.
 

Matthew G. Finley, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Matthew Finley is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Miles Research Lab. He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2021, where he developed novel techniques for 3D range geometry compression. Finley's research interests include applied signal processing, digital image processing, and system optimization.
Michael Flatté

Michael E. Flatté, Ph.D.

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Professor
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Michael E. Flatté is a Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa. His research interests include condensed-matter theory, materials theory, quantum coherent systems and quantum information.
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Thomas Folland, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor
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Prof. Folland works on infrared nanophotonics and quantum materials research, from fundamental properties to device applications. In his lab students measure and understand the properties of exotic materials allowing him to design better infrared light detectors and emitters. These can be implemented for numerous applications, from detecting toxic chemicals in the environment, to creating emergent quantum phenomena. In parallel to his research, Prof. Folland is an active member of the materials research society, supporting early career professional development.
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Jacob Fruchtman

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Graduate Research Assistant
Jacob Fruchtman is interested in studying the Martian Magentosphere. He is currently working with Professor Jasper Halekas on a project analyzing the MAVEN spacecraft's data to characterize the Martian Bow Shock to find how it varies by season.
Hai Fu

Hai Fu, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor
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Hai Fu received his B.S. in Astronomy from Nanjing University and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His research is in the field of galaxy formation and evolution, with current observational projects on the impact of galaxy mergers, the evolution of galactic rotation, and gas accretion flows connecting the cosmic web and dusty starburst galaxies.
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Chase Fuller

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
Chase Fuller has research interests in high energy astrophysics and galactic structure, with current activities focused on X-ray emitting astrophysical plasmas. He is also interested in making science accessible to general audiences, using it to inform public policy, and its role as a mediator for discussions of national importance.
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Diksha Garg

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Graduate Research Assistant
Diksha Garg is interested in the field of particle physics. She is currently working with Dr. Mary Hall Reno on a project to determine tau particle's polarization which are produced from the high energy cosmic neutrinos skimming through the earth. She has also worked with Dr. Usha Mallik in hardware and software development for the upcoming high-luminosity upgrade of the inner tracker of the ATLAS experiment at CERN.
Kenneth Gayley

Kenneth G. Gayley, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor
Astronomy Graduate Advisor
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Ken studies the winds of massive stars, with emphasis on how they become structured and generate shocks, X-rays, and polarization. He is the project scientist on an ultraviolet spectropolarimetry mission concept named Polstar, and concentrates on theoretical models with the goal of understanding the physics of radiatively driven winds and their role in stellar and galactic evolution. His courses emphasize the use of astronomy as a tool to encounter almost every topic in physics as they play out on a vast range of scales and strengths.
Dan Gengler

Dan Gengler

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Facilities Coordinator
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Anindya Ghosh

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
Anindya's research interest is in experimental particle physics and I am working with Prof. Usha Mallik on Dark Matter search with the ATLAS detector at the LHC.