Mark Moldwin


Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering



Phone:  (734) 647-3370

Fax: (734) 734-647-3083


1418 Space Research Bldg.
2455 Hayward St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143


I conduct space physics research attempting to understand the flow of energy, mass and momentum from the Sun through the Earth's space environment. Specifically I am interested in magnetic structures and ULF waves in the heliosphere and magnetosphere, the distribution of plasma in the inner magnetosphere, the coupling of energy between the ionosphere and magnetosphere and space weather. I develop and use magnetometers that fly on spacecraft and deployed around the world, remote sensing data (EUV and radio waves), and modeling (including machine learning and sensor fusion algorithm development). I also conduct faculty (K-12 and university) professional development around inclusive mentoring and teaching, and  formal and informal audience educational outreach.

If interested in working with me as a undegraduate, graduate student or postdoc, please feel free to contact me. I am especially interested in working with those that want to learn, grow and  develop their competencies around justice, diversity, equity and inclusion within STEM.

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Mark Moldwin is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering and Applied Physics within the University of Michigan’s Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering within the College of Engineering and affiliated with the Space Physics Research Laboratory, the Engineering Education Research program, the African Studies Center, the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering, and the Robotics Institute. He is the Faculty Director of UM's M-STEM's M-Engin program, and Past-President of the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Education Section, and Executive Director of NASA's Michigan Space Grant Consortium. Prior to joining the faculty of UM in July of 2009, Dr. Moldwin was a Professor of Space Physics at UCLA (2000-2009), Professor Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne (1994-2000) and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Space and Atmospheric Sciences and Non-proliferation and International Security groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Moldwin joined the lab in 1992 after receiving his Ph.D. in Astronomy/Space Physics from Boston University. He was awarded a B.A. in Physics with Honors from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 1987.

Dr. Moldwin’s primary research interests are magnetospheric, ionospheric and heliospheric plasma physics, and pre-college space science education and outreach. He has published a textbook, over 200 articles and essays (including over 180 refereed scientific articles), and holds two patents on these subjects. Dr. Moldwin was a NASA/ASEE Kennedy Space Center Faculty Fellow, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Associated Western Universities Faculty Fellow, and a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visiting Scientist. Prof. Moldwin is a National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner and a Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar. Prof. Moldwin is or has been the principal or co-investigator of over 80externally peer-reviewed scientific projects including building the magnetometers to fly on NASA’s Space Technology – 5 satellites, the Air Force DSX mission satellite, NASA's Artemis Lunar Gateway, NASA's ICOVEX satellite, and ground-based magnetometerand GPS receiver deployment in North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Antarctica. Mark is a co-founder of A2 Motus LLC an education technology company developing devices to enable teachers and students to better understand complex systems through kinesthetic activities.

Prof. Moldwin has taught over a dozen different physics and space science courses, chaired or served on the dissertation committees of over 40 PhD students in Geophysics, Space Physics, Plasma Physics, Astronomy, Atmospheric Physics, Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, was awarded Florida Tech’s Teaching Excellence Award, UCLA’s Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award, was rated as a Top Ten Professor by the Associated Student’s of UCLA, was awarded UM's Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize, the UM College of Engineering's Raymond J. and Monica E. Schultz Outreach and Diversity Award, UM's Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award and the UM College of Engineering's John F. Ulrich Education Excellence Award. He currently serves as a Faculty Associate of UM's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering, a member of the National Center for Institutional Diversity UM Diversity Scholars Network, and is the 2019-2020 US Fulbright Arctic Chair. He was recognized for his "extraordinary service to geophysics" with the 2016 AGU Union Waldo E. Smith Award and the 2019-2020 UM CoE Trudy Huebner Service Excellence Award.


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