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Heliophysics at AGU Fall 2011 - Bios

Daniel N. Baker

Daniel N. Baker is Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado – Boulder Campus and is Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and a Professor of Physics there. He holds the Broad Reach Endowed Chair of Space Sciences at CU. He has published seven books and over 750 papers in the refereed literature and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the International Academy of Astronautics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is an Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Baker was chosen as a 2007 winner of the University of Colorado’s Robert L. Stearns Award for outstanding research, service, and teaching and was the CU Distinguished Research Lecturer in 2010. Dr. Baker was the 2010 winner of the AIAA James A. Van Allen Space Environments Medal. He currently is lead investigator on several NASA space missions including the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, and the NASA Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission. He was a member of the 2006 Decadal Review of the U.S. National Space Weather Program and is presently chairing the NRC’s 2013-2022 Decadal Survey in Solar and Space Physics.

Louis J. Lanzerotti

Louis J. Lanzerotti is Distinguished Professor of Physics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark. Prior to joining NJIT in 2003, Lanzerotti spent more than three decades at Bell Laboratories-Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ. He has spent his career contributing to research that includes studies of space plasmas and geophysics, and engineering problems related to the impact of atmospheric and space processes on terrestrial technologies, and those in space. Lanzerotti has co-authored one book, co-edited four books, and is an author of more than 500 refereed engineering and science papers.

Lanzerotti has been principal investigator or co-investigator on a number of NASA Earth-orbiting, interplanetary and planetary missions including IMP, Voyager, Ulysses, Galileo, and Cassini. He is currently a Principal Investigator for instruments to be flown in 2012 on NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission in Earth’s magnetosphere. Lanzerotti’s research directed toward understanding Earth’s upper atmosphere and space environments has also taken him to the Antarctic and the Arctic.

Lanzerotti has served as the chair of many committees for the National Academies, including the blue-ribbon panel to study whether to prolong the mission of the Hubble Space Telescope, the committee on the safety and security of spent nuclear fuel, and the Space Studies Board. He currently serves as the chair of the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics. U.S. President George W. Bush nominated Lanzerotti in 2004 to a six year term on the National Science Board, the 24-member governing body of the National Science Foundation.

NASA has recognized Lanzerotti’s contributions to science with the agency’s Distinguished Scientific Achievement Medal, and twice awarded him the agency’s Distinguished Public Service medal. He has also received the William Nordberg Medal for applications of space science from the international Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and the William Bowie Medal, the American Geophysical Union’s highest honor. Lanzerotti has been elected to the International Academy of Astronautics and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Minor Planet 5504 Lanzerotti recognizes his space and planetary research, and Mount Lanzerotti (74.50° S, 70.33° W) recognizes his research in the Antarctic. In 2003, the American Geophysical Union named Lanzerotti the founding editor of Space Weather, The International Journal of Research and Applications. This journal has been the first to focus on the emerging field of space weather and its impact on technical systems. He is a member of the NJIT Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, which also manages the Big Bear Solar Observatory, California. Lanzerotti holds a BS in engineering physics from the University of Illinois and master's and doctoral degrees in physics from Harvard University.

Dr. Michael Hesse

Dr. Michael Hesse received his doctoral degree in Theoretical Physics at the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum, Germany, in 1988.

He currently serves as Chief of the Space Weather Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. In this role he is responsible for a staff of 65 civil servants, university scientists, and contractors engaged in space research, instrumentation development, and space environment forecasting for NASA and partners. Dr. Hesse is the founding Director of the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC), for which he received NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2007. The CCMC is a multi-agency activity with the objective to bring to bear modern space research model on the needs of space weather forecasters and the research community.

He also serves as the Lead Co-Investigator for Theory and Modeling for NASA’s Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission, due to launch in 2014. Dr. Hesse serves or has served on numerous steering and advisory committees, most recently on the steering committee of the 2013 Heliophysics Decadal Survey. He remains a publishing research scientist, with more than 200 papers in the scientific literature. In addition to Space Weather-related topics, his research interests include the theory and modeling of kinetic space plasma processes throughout the Heliophysics domain. Dr. Hesse was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2010.

Dr. Antti Pulkkinen

Dr. Pulkkinen is currently Associate Professor at the Catholic University of America and Associate Director of the Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences. He received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Helsinki, Finland in 2003. Subsequently he joined the nonlinear dynamics group at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to carry out his postdoctoral research during years 2004-2006. Dr. Pulkkinen's PhD and postdoctoral research involved studies on both ground effects of space weather and complex nonlinear dynamics of the magnetosphere-ionosphere system.

Dr. Pulkkinen has been both leading and participating in numerous space weather-related projects where scientists have been in close collaboration with industrial partners. In most of these projects, his work has involved general geomagnetic induction modeling and modeling of space weather effects on pipelines and power transmission systems. Recently Dr. Pulkkinen has been working on utilizing the established modeling capabilities in operational nowcasting and forecasting of general space weather. Dr. Pulkkinen is the main or co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Dr. Rodney Viereck, Director, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Test Bed, Space Weather Prediction Center, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Education: PhD, Space Physics, 1988, University of Alaska

Work History:

1988-1996, Air Force Research Lab

  • Study the interaction between spacecraft and the Earth environment.
1996-Present, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center

  • Expertise in auroral physics and the interaction between solar irradiance and the terrestrial atmosphere.
  • Instrument Scientist for the GOES Solar X-Ray Sensor
  • Instrument Scientist for the GOES Extreme Ultra-Violet Sensor
  • Lead, Applied Research and Test Bed Section
  • Director, Space Weather Prediction Test bed, (SWPT)
The SWPT mission is to identify new models, data, and products that have been developed by researchers in the scientific community and test, validate, modify, and prepare them for transition from Research to Operations (R2O). In addition, the SWPT works with space weather forecasters to identify the most urgent needs and requirements of the customers of space weather products and services and communicates those Operational requirements back to the Research community (O2R).