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Project Title: Committee on Solar and Space Physics

PIN: DEPS-SSB-16-07        

Major Unit:
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Space Studies Board DEPS

RSO:

Sheffer, Abigail

Subject/Focus Area:  Math, Chemistry, and Physics; Space and Aeronautics


Committee Membership
Date Posted:   03/02/2017


Dr. Sarah Gibson - (Co-Chair)
SARAH GIBSON is a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado at the High Altitude Observatory (HAO). She is also head of the Long-term Solar Variability (LSV) Section of HAO. Dr. Gibson’s positions prior to her arrival at HAO included a one year visit to Cambridge University as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization/ National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow, and nearly four years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center—first as a National Research Council associate and then as a research assistant professor at the Catholic University of America. Her research centers on solar drivers of the terrestrial environment, from short-term space weather drivers such as coronal mass ejections (with emphasis on precursor magnetic structure), to long-term solar cycle variation (with emphasis on the Sun-Earth system at solar minimum). She has led and coordinated international working groups on both of these subjects for the International Space Science Institute and International Astronomical Union. Dr. Gibson was the recipient of the American Astronomical Society-SPD Karen Harvey Prize. She is currently a member of the Next Generation Solar Physics Mission Study Team, a member of the Steering Committee of International Astronomical Union Division E (Sun and Heliosphere) and the Solar Physics Journal Editorial Board, and in past years was a scientific editor for the Astrophysical Journal, and served on the Heliophysics Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council and the AURA Solar Observatory Council. Dr. Gibson obtained her Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a member of the Space Studies Board, and she previously served on the Academies Committee for a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) and the Standing Committee on Solar and Space Physics.

Dr. Maura E. Hagan - (Co-Chair)
MAURA E. HAGAN is the dean of the College of Science and a professor of physics at Utah State University. Dr. Hagan’s research interests are the physics of the upper atmosphere including: chemical and dynamical coupling between the lower, middle, and upper atmosphere, atmospheric tides and waves, electrodynamic coupling between ionospheric plasma and the neutral atmosphere, and the effects of global change, meteorological disturbances, and space weather on the middle and upper atmosphere. Previously, she was interim director and senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). She is currently a member of the advisory board for the Promoting Geoscience Research Education and Success program and a member of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Board of Directors and chair of the AURA Solar Observatory Council. She earned her Ph.D. in physics from Boston College. She serves as a member of the Academies Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and was previously a member of the Standing Committee on Solar and Space Physics and a member of the Panel on Atmosphere-Ionosphere-Magnetosphere Interactions.

Dr. Brian J. Anderson
BRIAN J. ANDERSON is a principal professional staff physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and supervisor of the space physics research group. Dr. Anderson has management experience with a number of missions, including serving as instrument scientist for NEAR Magnetometer, instrument scientist for MESSENGER Magnetometer, MESSENGER advance science planning lead/deputy project scientist, principal investigator for the Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment (AMPERE), spacecraft cleanliness lead for the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, and SRP magnetic fields section supervisor and SRP group supervisor. He has extensive experience in space magnetometry, spacecraft magnetics, and basic space plasma physics with concentrations in pulsations, currents, wave-particle interactions and geomagnetic storms. Dr. Anderson has conducted data analysis of AMPTE/CCE magnetic field data and data validation and was the archiving, and data processing and analysis lead for UARS magnetic field data. Previously he served as IAGA Division III Head and GRL SPA section editor. Dr. Anderson earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Minnesota. He has served on the Academies Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) and the Panel on Solar Wind-Magnetospheric Interactions.

Mr. Steven J. Battel
STEVEN J. BATTEL (NAE) is the president of Battel Engineering, Inc. He has 38 years of experience as a consultant, engineer and manager in multiple aerospace and scientific disciplines. His areas of specialization include program management, systems engineering, precision electronics design, scientific instrument design, spacecraft avionics, power systems technology development, technology assessment and technology costing methods. He is a recognized expert on low-noise instrumentation, space power systems and space high voltage systems especially for high voltage systems intended for operation in the Mars environment. He is a Fellow of the AIAA and a member of the NASA Engineering and Safety Council for both the Power and Avionics teams. He has also served as a Red Team or IRT member for more than 70 NASA and NOAA missions including multiple past and present Earth observing missions. He earned his B.S.E.E. for electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. He has served on the Academies Committee on the Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space, the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and the Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics).

Dr. Yue Deng
YUE DENG is an associate professor of space physics in the Department of physics at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Dr. Deng is leading the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project to develop next generation simulation capability in ionosphere/thermosphere coupling at multiple scales for environmental specification and prediction. Her professional experience in space physics has involved developing a new 3-dimensional non-hydrostatic ionosphere/thermosphere general circulation model (GCM) and investigating the non-hydrostatic processes in the upper atmosphere. Her research interests include global 3-D modeling of complex system, solar and geomagnetic energy input uncertainty into the upper atmosphere, gravity-acoustic wave propagation, ionosphere-thermosphere coupling in multiple scales, data analysis and planetary atmosphere. Previously, Dr. Deng was an ASP post-doc at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and a Research Associate at NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) affiliated to the University of Colorado at Boulder in the center of Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). She is a recipient of a NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award and of a Robert S. Hyer Research Award, Texas Section of the American Physical Society. She earned her Ph.D. in Space Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is serving as a member of the NSF sponsored CEDAR Science Steering Committee (CSSC).

Dr. Stephen A. Fuselier
STEPHEN A. FUSELIER is director of the Space Science Directorate at Southwest Research Institute. Previously he served as a researcher and senior manager at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center. He has been involved with the development of the IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) spacecraft since its inception. Dr. Fuselier served as co-investigator on two instruments on-board IMAGE: Far Ultraviolet (FUV) imagers and the Low Energy Neutral Atom (LENA) imager. He also led the U.S. investigation on the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) on the joint European Space Agency/NASA ROSETTA mission. He is a co-investigator and lead of an instrument on the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) and the Magnetospheric Multiscale missions. Dr. Fuselier is the author or co-author of more than 350 scientific publications, a fellow of the AGU, and the 1995 recipient of the AGU James B. Macelwane Award. He is the 2016 recipient of the EGU Hanes Alfven Award. He received his Ph.D. in space plasma physics from the University of Iowa. He has previously served on the Academies Standing Committee on Solar and Space Physics, as co-chair of the Committee on Heliophysics Performance Assessment, and the Committee on Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments for Research and Monitoring in Solar-Terrestrial Physics: A Workshop.

Dr. J. Todd Hoeksema
J. TODD HOEKSEMA is a senior research scientist at Stanford University in the W.W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory. His primary scientific interests include the physics of the Sun and the interplanetary medium, the large-scale solar and coronal magnetic fields, solar velocity fields and rotation, helioseismology, solar-terrestrial relations, and education and public outreach. His professional experience includes research administration, system and scientific programming, and the design, construction, and operation of instruments to measure solar magnetic and velocity fields from both ground and space. He is co-investigator and magnetic team lead for the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and was instrument scientist for the Michelson Doppler Imager on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. He directs the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford, with which he has been associated for nearly four 11-year sunspot cycles. Dr. Hoeksema has chaired the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the Solar Observatory Council of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). He is currently the Secretary of the Solar and Heliophysics (SH) subsection of the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He has served on the Heliophysics subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee. In 2006, NASA recognized Dr. Hoeksema’s leadership in developing the roadmap for “Heliophysics" by awarding him NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal. Dr. Hoeksema earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University in applied physics. Dr. Hoeksema served as co-chair of the Committee on Solar and Space Physics and as a member of the Academies Committee on Assessment of the NSF’ 2015 Geospace Portfolio Review, the Committee on Survey of Surveys: Lessons Learned from the Decadal Survey Process and the Committee for the Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics).

Dr. Mary K. Hudson
MARY K. HUDSON is the Eleanor and A. Kelvin Smith Distinguished Professor of Physics at Dartmouth College, where she also served for eight years as chair of physics and astronomy. She is also an affiliate scientist at HAO/NCAR. Dr. Hudson was one of the principal investigators with the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling, where researchers study the weather patterns that originate from a solar eruption, following the energy and mass transfer through the interplanetary medium, all the way to the Earth’s ionosphere. Current areas of investigation include the evolution of the radiation belts; how the ionized particle outflow known as the solar wind and the magnetic field of the Sun interact with the magnetic field of the Earth, producing electrical currents in the ionosphere; and the effects of solar cosmic rays on radio communications near the Earth’s poles. She is a co-investigator on NASA’s Van Allen Probes Mission. Dr. Hudson is a fellow of the AGU, and has received the AGU’s Macelwane Award. Dr. Hudson has served on Heliophysics Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council and numerous other NASA advisory committees. Dr. Hudson received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Hudson previously served as co-chair of the Academies Standing Committee on Solar and Space Physics and as a member of the Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics).

Dr. Robyn Millan
ROBYN MILLAN is an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. Her research includes the use of high-altitude scientific balloon experiments to study Earth’s radiation belts, specifically the loss of relativistic electrons from the outer radiation belts into Earth’s atmosphere. Dr. Millan is principal investigator for the BARREL (Balloon Array for RBSP Relativistic Electron Losses) project, which is being planned for flight in association with the Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission. Her prior positions include research appointments at Dartmouth and at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Millan served on the Academies Standing Committee on Solar and Space Physics, the Committee on the Role and Scope of Mission-Enabling Activities in NASA’s Space and Earth Science Missions, and on the Panel on Solar Wind-Magnetosphere Interactions for the Committee for a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics).

Dr. Tai D. Phan
TAI D. PHAN is a senior fellow at the Space Sciences Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley. He is a co-investigator of the NASA THEMIS mission and is a science co-investigator of the FIELDS instrument on the Solar Probe Plus mission. He leads an Inter-Disciplinary Science team of the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale mission. His research interests include solar wind interaction with Earth’s magnetosphere and the magnetic reconnection process. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He earned his Ph. D. in engineering from Dartmouth College. Dr. Phan previously served as a member of the Academies Solar Wind-Magnetosphere Interactions Panel as part of the Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics).

Dr. Jiong Qiu
JIONG QIU is an associate professor at Montana State University in the Department of Physics. Her research interests include magnetic reconnection and energy release in solar eruptive events and the evolution of solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Previously, Dr. Qiu served as a researcher in the Department of Physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology, conducting research in solar physics as well as earthshine measurements of global atmospheric properties. She is a member of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope science working group. Dr. Qiu was the recipient of the Karen Harvey Prize of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society and was a recipient of a National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. She earned her Ph.D. in astrophysics from Nanjing University in China.

Dr. Joshua Semeter
JOSHUA SEMETER is an associate professor at Boston University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also director of the Center for Space Physics. He was previously a senior research engineer at SRI International, and a scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. His research interests revolve around ionospheric and space plasma physics, spectroscopy of atmospheric airglow and the aurora borealis, image processing, and radar systems and radar signal processing. Dr. Semeter was associate editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research. He won the Boston University Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Teaching Award and was a recipient of the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. Dr. Semter graduated from Boston University with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Dr. Semeter previously served on the Academies Standing Committee on Solar and Space Physics and on the Panel on Atmosphere-Ionosphere-Magnetosphere Interactions.

Dr. Howard J. Singer
HOWARD J. SINGER is chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Previously, he served as the chief of the Research and Development Division of the Space Environment Center (SEC). Dr. Singer has been the project leader for the current and future NOAA Space Environment Monitor instruments on the GOES spacecraft and the magnetometer responsible scientist on numerous GOES satellites and the joint USAF-NASA Combined Release and Radiation Effects satellite. His research is in the area of solar-terrestrial interactions, ultra-low frequency waves, Earth’s radiation belts, geomagnetic disturbances, storms, and substorms. He has received awards from the Air Force, NASA, and NOAA, including the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for Leadership, and he is the recipient of the Antarctica Service Medal for spending more than 1 year at South Pole Station, Antarctica, where he has a geographic feature named for him. He is currently on the NSF Geospace Environment Modeling Steering Committee, recently served as Editor and Editor’s Choice Editor of Space Weather: The International Journal of Research and Applications. Dr. Singer has served on various NASA and NSF committees, including service on the NASA Living with a Star Geospace Mission Definition Team and NSF’s Geospace Section Portfolio Review. Dr. Singer received his Ph.D. in space physics and geophysics from the UCLA. He previously served on the Academies Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) and the Standing Committee on Solar and Space Physics.

Dr. Leonard Strachan, Jr.
LEONARD STRACHAN, JR, is an astrophysicist at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC. At NRL, Dr. Strachan is the principal investigator for the Ultraviolet Spectro-Coronagraph (UVSC) Pathfinder, an instrument that will demonstrate a new capability for early detection of space weather events. His research interests include developing techniques and instrumentation for the remote sensing of the solar corona and source regions of the solar wind. Previously, Dr. Strachan was at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where he was a member of the team which developed the ultraviolet coronagraphs for the Spartan 201 shuttle missions and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. For this work, he received three NASA group achievement awards (Spartan 201). He earned his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University. Dr. Strachan previously served on the Standing Committee on Solar and Space Physics, the Committee on the Societal and Economic Impacts of Severe Space Weather Events Workshop, and the Workshop Organizing Committee on Solar Systems Radiation Environment and NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration.



Dr. Barbara J. Thompson
BARBARA J. THOMPSON is an astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the Heliophysics Science Division. Dr. Thompson has devoted the majority of her research efforts to the study of solar eruptions and associated phenomena. Her current research efforts focus on field of space weather, understanding how the Sun’s magnetic variations affect geospace. She serves as deputy project scientist for the Solar Dynamics Observatory mission, is a senior space weather forecaster at Goddard's Space Weather Research Laboratory, and serves as principle investigator of Goddard's Innovative Data Science task group. She has a great deal of experience in analyzing data from multiple sources, and authored or co-authored more than 100 refereed papers, including dozens of papers combining observations with model interpretations. Previously, Dr. Thompson served as the executive secretary for the International Living With a Star program and the director of operations for the International Heliophysical Year program. She has received more than a dozen NASA awards for mission development, operations, science and community service. She earned her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Gary P. Zank
GARY P. ZANK, NAS, is director of the Center for Space Physics and Aeronomic Research at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. He is also eminent scholar and distinguished professor in the Department of Space Science and chair of the Department of Space Science. Previously, Dr. Zank was chair of the department of physics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and previous Chancellor’s Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside. His research interests cover space physics, astrophysics, and plasma physics. He earned a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Natal (Durban), South Africa. Dr. Zank has previously served on the Academies Committee on Strategic NASA Science Missions, the Committee on Heliophysics Performance Assessment, and the Space Studies Board.

Committee Membership Roster Comments
Note 1: Committee posted 3/2/17 Note 2: Member Judith Lean Resigned 4/11/17