People

Kupari, Luke

Luke Kupari

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
 

Philip Kurian, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Philip Kurian is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa.
 

Kathy Kurth

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Secretary
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Bill Kurth

William Kurth, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist/Engineer
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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.
Cornelia Lang

Cornelia C. Lang, Ph.D.

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Professor
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (CLAS)
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Cornelia Lang's research interests focus on understanding the astrophysics at the very center of our Milky Way Galaxy and of other nearby galaxies. She uses radio telescopes at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico, as well as satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, and several UI Internal Grants. She serves as chair of the Working Group on the Galactic Center of the International Astronomical Union.
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Patrick Langer

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Patrick majored in Physics with a minor in Math during his undergraduate career. He currently is working with Dr. Skiff, researching kinetic wave scattering in plasmas. His aspirations are to contribute substantial research to the field of plasma physics, and to potentially consider teaching as well.
Matt Larson

Matt Larson

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Administrative Services Coordinator
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Amanda Lasko

Title/Position
Aerospace Project Engineer
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Yogendra_limbu

Yogendra Limbu

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
 

Karl E. Lonngren, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Karl E. Lonngren is a Professor Emeritus in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa.
 

Misty Lyon

Title/Position
Assistant to the Departmental Executive Officer
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Christopher Macias

Christopher Macias, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Christopher's research areas include; Experimental Particle Physics: Neutrino Oscillations, Instrumentation Development for Particle Physics: Scintillation Properties of Liquid Argon, and Integrated Systems, Detector Readout, Data Acquisition.
Maleki Sanukesh

Mehdi (Kian) Maleki Sanukesh

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
Kian Maleki is interested in theoretical condensed matter physics. He is working as a research assistant with Prof. Flatté. His current project is about defect-phonon interaction in hBN.
Usha Mallik

Usha Mallik, Ph.D.

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Professor
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Usha Mallik is a Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include experimental elementary particle physics. She has been involved in the ATLAS experiment at CERN.
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Brady Martin

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Brady Martin is currently conducting research for Dr. Wayne Polyzou in the field of theoretical nuclear physics. His research focuses on the study of many-body nuclear scattering events dominated by cluster reactions with particular interest in the effective interactions between clusters. Careful attention is given to the use of partition combinatorics in multi-channel scattering theory.
Masson

Ian Masson

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Robert Maxton

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
Robert Maxton is currently working with Prof. Yannick Meurice on efficient simulations of higher-dimensional Ising models, especially through tensor networks and including investigating the boundaries of near-term quantum supremacy. His interests for future work include (but are not limited to) quantum field theory, the mathematical foundation of the same, and quantum gravity.
Daniel McGinnis

Daniel McGinnis, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
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Daniel's research area is observational space physics and he studies the formation and evolution of the solar wind.
McLaughlin

Jacob McLaughlin

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Student Mentor
Jacob McLaughlin performs research in experimental plasma sciences, specializing in nonperturbative, laser-based diagnostic techniques.  Working with Dr. Skiff, his current focus is wave-particle interactions and kinetic instabilities.
D. John Menietti

J. Douglas Menietti, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist/Engineer
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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.
Robert Merlino

Robert Merlino, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
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Robert L. Merlino is an Emeritus Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Iowa. His research activities are in experimental plasma physics, where he has concentrated on performing experiments investigating processes of relevance to space plasma physics, and on the physics of dusty plasmas. His research has been funded by the Cottrell Research Corporation, the Office of Naval Research, NASA, NSF and DOE.
 

Alexi Mestvirishvil

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Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer
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Yannick Meurice

Yannick Meurice, Ph.D.

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Professor
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Yannick Meurice is a Professor at the University of Iowa. He was a postdoc at CERN and Argonne National Laboratory and a visiting professor at CINVESTAV in Mexico City. His current work includes lattice gauge theory, tensor renormalization group methods, near conformal gauge theories, critical machine learning, quantum simulations with cold atoms and quantum computing. He is the PI of a multi-institutional DOE HEP QuantISED grant.
David Miles

David M. Miles, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor
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David M. Miles is an experimental space physicist specializing in the development of next-generation spaceflight magnetic field instruments and particularly miniature instruments for nanosatellites and multi-point measurement constellations. His research interests include space weather, solar-terrestrial physics, and auroral dynamics including magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling.

He is the principal investigator for the magnetic field instrument (MGF) on the Cassiopie/e-POP spacecraft (now funded by European Space Agency as Swarm-Echo) and is the instrument PI for the miniature fluxgate magnetometer (DFGM) on the Ex-Alta-1 CubeSat. He has provided fluxgate magnetnometers for sub-orbital sounding rockets (ICI-4, ICI-5 and Maxidusty-1b) and on ACES-II in 2021.
Matthew Millard

Matthew Millard, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
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Matthew's research has focused on studying the 3D morphology and dust properties of the remnants of supernova explosions at X-ray and infrared wavelengths.
Matt Miller

Matthew C. Miller

Title/Position
Engineering Coordinator
 

Michael Miller

Title/Position
Design Engineer
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Anthony Moeller

Anthony Moeller, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Laboratory Coordinator
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Peter Montag, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Montealegre

David Montealegre

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
David Montealegre works in the field of solid-state physics. David's main research focus is in superlattice structures used in LEDs, lasers, and detectors. The goal for emitters in the mid-IR is to outcompete their blackbody counterparts for detector sources and thermal scene projectors. For Detectors in the far-IR, MCT detectors are the main competitor for light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and free space communication.