TEAM

Robert C. Allen:

Robert Allen is an experimental space physicist with a focus on both solar wind-magnetosphere coupling and electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves. He has previously investigated the penetration of high-charge-state solar wind plasma into the magnetosphere of Earth. He looks forward to aiding the estimation of STORM’s soft x-ray measurements in and around the magnetosphere by continuing investigations into high-charge-state solar wind present in the magnetosphere and cusps.


Homayon Aryan:

Homayon1Homayon Aryan is a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow. He studies very low frequency waves including chorus and plasmaspheric hiss waves in the inner magnetosphere. His research is focused on wave distribution, wave-particle interactions, and radiation belt dynamics. He is enthusiastic to help the team achieve its goals.

Lisa J. Billingsley:

Lisa BillingsleyLisa Billingsley is a mechanical engineer that does computer-aided design (CAD), making 3D models and part drawings. She worked on the flagship mission Magnetospheric Multiscale, and now does modeling for CubeSats and other small science projects at NASA Goddard.


Jennifer Carter:

Jenny Carter specialises in the study of large-scale solar wind-magnetosphere-ionospheric coupling. Her research interests include the relationship between field-aligned acceleration and various auroral emission features observed in the ionosphere, and phenomena such as transpolar auroral arcs. Jenny’s original background was in X-ray astronomy and did her PhD on exospheric charge exchange X-rays using data from XMM-Newton. Such data has helped establish the feasibility for magnetospheric imaging missions such as STORM.


Michael R. Collier:

Collier_MMichael Collier is a civil servant at NASA/GSFC. He has fabricated, calibrated, commanded and analyzed data from many flight hardware projects over about 30 years in the field. He has launched five instruments into space as hardware Principal Investigator, three low energy neutral atom imagers and two soft X-ray imagers. He is the author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles covering solar wind, heliospheric, terrestrial magnetospheric and outer planets physics.


Hyunju K. Connor:

H_ConnorHyunju Connor is a space scientist that focuses on the modeling of solar wind interaction with the Earth’s magnetosphere – ionosphere – thermosphere (MIT) system. Her research interest includes magnetic reconnection, particle acceleration near the magnetopause, and MIT coupling processes. In the STORM team, she models soft X-ray images expected from a potential satellite and develops the image processing techniques to investigate the STORM’s science questions.


Thomas Edward Cravens:

Tom Cravens is a space physicist who is interested in how the solar wind interacts with the planets and comets.  He has worked on the plasma environments and upper atmospheres of most solar system bodies, including the Earth’s.  He has also worked on x-ray emission mechanisms for solar system objects and he plans to further investigate how the solar wind charge exchange emission mechanism operates near the Earth.


Mei-Ching Fok: 

Mei-Ching Fok is a magnetospheric physicist interested in solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. She has developed computer models to predict the intensities of ring current and radiation belt particles. Dr. Fok has extensive experiences on energetic neutral atom (ENA) imaging of the ring current. She is responsible to simulate ENA emissions that STORM would see.


Harald Frey:

Harald Frey is an experimental space physicist studying aurora, airglow, and lightning phenomena with optical instruments in the ultraviolet and visible wavelength range. He worked on IMAGE, ISUAL, and THEMIS. He is now the instrument scientist for ICON-FUV scheduled for launch in late 2017

Jerry Goldstein:

Jerry Goldstein (SwRI) specializes in the dynamics of inner magnetospheres using EUV and ENA global imaging observations from missions such as IMAGE and TWINS, complemented by theory and simulation. 


Olga Gutynska:

OlgaOlga Gutynska is a space scientist at NASA/GSFC (former NASA Postdoctoral Fellow) whose research focusses upon the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth’s magnetosphere. She has a strong interest in processes occurring in the foreshock – the disturbed region in the solar wind magnetically connected to the bow shock, structures and turbulence in the magnetosheath – the intermediator between solar wind and magnetosphere, and processes related to the substorm events in the magnetosphere. As a team member, she supplies expertise on the magnetosheath observations in order to achieve the scientific goals of the STORM mission.


Kip D. Kuntz:

KipKip Kuntz is an X-ray astronomer specializing in the diffuse X-ray background. His research program to measure the strength of the Galactic halo and to isolate the emission due to the warm-hot intergalactic medium was indefinitely derailed by the discovery of solar-wind charge exchange from both the magnetosheath and the heliosphere. He now serves as an interface between heliophysics and astrophysics, simulating the optics and what they will see.


Kyle R. Murphy:

Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on Space Weather and the interaction of the sun and solar wind with the earth’s magnetosphere and the resulting dynamics, including geomagnetic storms and auroral substorms. His research aims at understanding the physical processes controlling the dynamics of the magnetosphere and ionosphere during both geomagnetic storms and auroral substorms.

scottScott Porter is an astrophysicist with strong interests in the x-ray background, charge exchange emission, laboratory astrophysics, and instrumentation. Dr. Porter has over 30 years of experience in x-ray instrumentation for spaceflight. He has been instrument scientist on three orbiting observatories, eight sounding rocket flights, and is the PI of an extensive laboratory astrophysics program. Dr. Porter has published over 300 peer reviewed articles on the soft x-ray background, interplanetary charge-exchange, x-ray observations of supernova remnants and clusters of galaxies, atomic physics, and laboratory astrophysics.


Michael E. Purucker: 

Purucker,_MikeMichael Purucker is a space scientist whose interests focus on magnetic fields as fingerprints of processes in planetary lithospheres and magnetospheres. He the laboratory chief of the Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory within GSFC’s Solar System Division. He has worked on in-situ and remotely sensed magnetic field observations from the Earth, Mars, Mercury and the Moon. In his work for NASA, he has been involved in planetary, and terrestrial orbital and suborbital missions that focus on mapping the magnetic field, and complementary properties. He produced the first global magnetic model of the Moon and Mars, and was one of the leaders in the World Digital Magnetic Anomaly map of the Earth.


Andrew Read:

Andy Read is an X-ray astrophysicist, having worked on ROSAT, XMM-Newton, Swift and Astrosat, with strong interests in instrument calibration, the X-ray background, charge exchange and transient phenomena. He is a current member of the SMILE team, and has created sophisticated simulations to inform the mission planning and the SXI instrument design, and he leads the SMILE SXI science analysis system.

Steven Sembay:

Steven Sembay specialises in the design and calibration of instrumentation for the detection of soft X-rays. He is the principle investigator of the European Photon Imaging Camera (EPIC) on ESA’s XMM-Newton and the PI of the Soft X-ray Imager (SXI) on the forthcoming ESA-CAS SMILE mission. An X-ray astronomer by training, Steve has become intrigued by the challenge of using global imaging in soft X-rays to study the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth.


David G. Sibeck:

DavidDavid Sibeck is a magnetospheric physicist with strong interests in fundamental plasma physics phenomena like reconnection and particle energization.  With the help of the other team members, he has criss-crossed four continents to make the science case for the STORM mission.


Steve L. Snowden:

Snowden_photoSteve Snowden studies the local interstellar medium using low-energy X-rays.  His first introduction to solar-wind charge exchange X-ray emission was as a contamination component identified in the course of creating all-sky maps of the diffuse X-ray background from the ROSAT mission in the 1990s, although nobody knew what it was at that point.  He has enthusiastically helped the team in their efforts as their success will offer the greatest possibility of removing this contamination component from the data that he really cares about.

Nickolas E. Thomas:

Thomas,_NickNick Thomas is an experimental astrophysics currently investigating the image quality of slumped micropore (Lobster-eye) optics that the STORM instrument utilizes to focus X-rays onto its detector plane. Nick collaborated in the development and deployment of the sounding rocket versions of STORM and CuPID. He also works on the DXL X-ray telescope which is currently being readied for its third sounding rocket flight. In his spare time Nick enjoys hiking and running.


Philip Valek:

PhilValekPhilip Valek (SwRI) is a magnetospheric physicist who has been part of teams that measure particle distributions from a range of space plasmas. Missions that he has worked on include IMAGE, TWINS, New Horizons, Rosetta, MMS, and Juno.


Yaireska Collado-Vega:

YariYari Collado-Vega is a space scientist that focuses on solar wind-magnetosphere interaction instabilities, transient events, and dayside-magnetopause dynamics.  As part of the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) team and a senior space weather forecaster for the Space Weather Research Center (SWRC), she conducts education and public outreach including social media events and has become the official space weather spoke-person for live tv/radio interviews in both English and Spanish.


Brian M. Walsh:

BrianBrian Walsh is an experimental space physicist with scientific focus on solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. He’s the principle investigator of the CuPID Cubesat Observatory, a spacecraft carrying a small soft X-ray imager designed for launch into low Earth orbit in 2019.


Simon Wing:

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Simon wing is a space physicist with interests in magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, solar wind entry into the magnetosphere, plasma transport in the magnetotail, open-field line particle precipitation (cusp, mantle, and polar rain), auroral particle precipitation, and space weather.