My research falls into several areas of space physics
The main question that is addressed is how different plasma populations and regions couple to facilitate energy and mass transport through the Helio/Magneto/Iono system.
International REU program in South Africa
I'm the Director of the University of Michigan and South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Space Weather International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program (UM-SANSA-IRES or MSI for short). We support six students per year to spend the northern hemisphere summer (8-weeks) at the SANSA Space Science Directorate located in Hermanus, South Africa working on a variety of space weather science and engineering projects. The students are paired with SANSA scientists, engineers and post-docs to provide one-on-one research mentoring and will participate in the annual “Space Weather Winter School” held by SANSA in June and July. See UM IPE program page for more info and application. See the travel blog from one of the 2016 participants.
Moldwin Art Prize
The Moldwin Prize is designed for an undergraduate student currently enrolled in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning or the School of Music, Theatre and Dance who is interested in exchange and collaboration with students engaged in research practice in an engineering lab. No previous science or engineering experience is required, although curiosity and a willingness to explore are essential!
Students receiving the residency will spend 20 hours over 8 weeks (February-April) participating with the undergraduate research team in the lab of Professor Mark Moldwin, which is currently doing work in the areas of space weather (how the Sun influences the space environment of Earth and society) and magnetic sensor development. The resident student artist will gain a greater understanding of research methodologies in the space and climate fields, data visualization and communication techniques, and how the collision of disciplinary knowledge in the arts, engineering and sciences deepens the creative practice and production of each discipline.
The student is expected to produce a final work of some kind within their discipline that reflects, builds on, explores, integrates or traces their experience in the residency.
The successful applicant will receive $1000 in support of their time, materials and creative work ($125 per week over the first 6 weeks of the residency with the last two payments made at the completion of the final project). More information and application.
Space Systems Engineering
At UM, I work with the Space Physics Research Laboratory (SPRL) and the department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS)'s Masters of Engineering in Space Engineering program students to develop ground and space-based systems and mission designs to address space physics and space weather topics. UM will fly the first NSF supported CubeSat mission and has developed a "Pipeline" program for furthering mission and instrument designs for future missions.
Academic Family Tree
Current Graduate Students and Postdocs:
Sergio Luengo (Graduate Student)
Former Masters Thesis Students:
Matthew Fillingim, Shelley Ford, Bret Sheeley, Paul Martin, Mark Fernandez, Jennifer Bocchicchio, Julie Feldt, Theresa Carranza-Fulmer
Former PhD Students:
Dave Berube (Professor of Physics at LMU)
David Galvan (RAND Corporation)
Megan Cartwright (Manager Data Science of Ones King Lane)
Xiangyun Zhang (Data Scientist, Ford Motor Co. R&D)
Tom Heine (Millenium Space Systems)
Endawoke Yizengaw (Research Scientist at Boston College)
James Weygand (Research Scientist at UCLA)
Shasha Zou (Professor of Space Sciences at UM)
Patrick Sibanda (Professor of Physics at the University of Zambia)
Mike Hartinger (Research Scientist at Virginia Tech)
Arie Sheinker (Soreq National Lab, Isreal)