Graduate Students


The research program provides students with a fundamental background in atmospheric physics, including geophysical fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, chemistry and electrodynamics of the ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere system and its coupling to the atmospheric layers below and to the Sun above. Thesis topics are related to satellite data analysis, modeling and theoretical studies.


I am seeking highly motivated students with a strong background in physics or, if significant course work in physics has been taken, an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science, chemistry, engineering, mathematics or meteorology. Previous experiences with atmospheric physics and computer programming are not required, but students are expected to have a strong interest in accquiring such skills. General information about the graduate program and admission can be found here.

Current Opportunities

I have a number of current and pending projects from NASA and NSF related to satellite data analysis and empirical modeling. I am also a member of the NASA Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission that is scheduled for a launch into a geostationary orbit on January 23, 2018. This new mission, along with NASA's upcoming (2018) ICON mission provides unique opportunities for graduate students to conduct cutting-edge research at the forefront of space physics.