Dev’s research area is observational space physics, and in his current research role, he is analyzing the observations made by various sensors onboard the MAVEN mission to understand the interaction between the solar-wind and Mars' upper atmosphere. The analysis is aimed to contribute to the important science question of understanding the erosion of the Martian atmosphere with time.
Gurkan is originally from Turkey and has a BSc degree in Physics from Bogazici University. He is currently doing his research in Electron Irradiation on Particle Accelerator Components. He is also interested in history, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and medicine. He enjoys outdoors and is actively involved in tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer, swimming, and billiard.
Kletzing joined the UI faculty in 1996, has focused much of his research on using rockets and satellites to learn about Earth’s auroras. In June 2019, NASA and the UI announced that a team of scientists led by Kletzing earned a $115 million NASA contract—the largest research award in the UI’s history—to study the connection between Earth and the sun’s magnetic fields. Kletzing also has been recognized as a skilled classroom teacher.
Ohannes Kamer Koseyan's research interests include experimental data analysis for the decay modes of the Higgs Boson and testing and development of hardware for high energy particle detectors. Before starting his Ph.D. program in the University of Iowa, he worked at the phase 1 upgrade of the CMS experiment at CERN during his MS studies.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew’s research focus is using computational techniques to study fundamental plasma physics. His thesis work involves investigating energy transfer mechanisms in collisionless magnetic reconnection. He has developed analysis software and simulation diagnostics to probe properties of astrophysical and heliospheric plasmas to better understand plasma heating processes. Andrew’s advisor is Associate Professor Gregory Howes.
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.
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 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.
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