Staff

  • Mihály Horányi

    PI

    Mihály Horányi received his PhD in Space Physics from the Lorand Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary. Currently, he is the PI of IMPACT as well as professor of physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder

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  • Angel Abbud-Madrid

    CO-I

    Angel Abbud-Madrid recieved his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Angel is the director for the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School on Mines.

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  • Dan Baker

    CO-I

    Dan Baker recieved his PhD from the University of Iowa and is currently the director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).

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  • David Brain

    CO-I

    David Brain recieved his PhD in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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  • Jan Deca

    Research Associate

    Jan received his PhD from the Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics (KULeuven), Belgium. Currently he is a research associate at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).

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  • Christopher B. Dreyer

    CO-I

    Christopher Dreyer received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Currently, he is a research scientist at the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines.

  • John Fontanese

    Research Associate

    John is the dust accelerator lead engineer working on the large and small accelerators at DAL.

  • George Gilmer

    CO-I

    George Gilmer recieved his PhD in Physics from the University of Virginia. He is a research scientist at the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines.

  • Vladimir Gorokhovsky

    CO-I

    Vladimir Gorokhovsky has research interests in plasma processing technologies, plasma synthesis of nanomaterials, coating and functionalization of micro-and nano-powders, and arc plasma physics.

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  • Eberhard Grün

    CO-I

    Eberhard Grün recieved his PhD from the University of Heidelberg. He is a research associate at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).

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  • Brendan Hermalyn

    CO-I

    Brendan Hermalyn received his PhD in Planetary Science from Brown University. Brendan is an assistant researcher (SOEST Young Investigator) at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and a researcher at NASA Ames Research Center.

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  • Hsiang-Wen Hsu

    Research Associate

    Hsiang-Wen (Sean) Hsu received his PhD from the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. He is a research associate at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).

  • Sascha Kempf

    CO-I

    Sascha Kempf is the deputy PI of the Cassini dust detector CDA and develops instrumentation for compositional analysis of comsic dust. He is also an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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  • Tobin Munsat

    Deputy PI

    Tobin received his PhD in Plasma Physics from Princeton University. He is a professor in the Physics Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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  • Scott Robertson

    CO-I

    Scott received his PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell University. He was a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

  • Daniel J. Scheeres

    CO-I

    Daniel Scheeres received a PhD from the University of Michigan. He is a professor in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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  • Alan Stern

    CO-I

    Alan Stern received his PhD in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the associate vice-president of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

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  • Zoltan Sternovsky

    CO-I

    Zoltan received his PhD from Charles University in Prague. He is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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  • Stein Sture

    CO-I

    Stein Sture received a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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  • Xu Wang

    CO-I

    Xu Wang received his PhD in Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Xu is a research scientist for the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).

  • Greg Werner

    CO-I

    Greg received his PhD in Experimental Physics from Cornell University. He is a research scientist for the Center for Integrated Plasma Studies (CIPS), Boulder, Colorado.

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Collaborators

  • Jürgen Blum

    Jürgen Blum received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg. He is professor for physics at the University of Braunschweig in Germany.

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  • Margaret Campbell-Brown

    Margaret Campbell-Brown recieved her PhD in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Western Ontario. She is an associate professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Western Ontario.

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  • Mark J. Cintala

    Mark Cintala received his PhD in Geological Sciences from Brown University. He is a researcher at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

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  • Richard Dee

    Richard Dee received his PhD in Low Temperature Solid State Physics from the University of Lancaster, England. Currently he is an Affiliate to the Department of Physics and CIPS assisting in the design of cryogenic targets for the dust accelerator.



  • Giovanni Lapenta

    Giovanni Lapenta received a PhD in Plasma Physics from the Polytechnic University of Turin. He is a professor in the Mathematics Department at University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

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  • Ralf Srama

    Ralf recieved a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich. He is a research scientist for the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany

  • Alexander Zakharov

    Alexander is a researcher in space physics and works at the Space Research Institute, Moscow. His main science interests are space plasmas, space dust, Mars and its moons. He has been a member of the International Academy of Astronautics since 1994.




Students

  • Ethan Ayari

    Ethan is a first year graduate student in Physics working with Mihály Horányi and Zoltan Sternovsky on designing and analyzing data from the Interstellar Dust Experiment (IDEX) instrument aboard NASA's Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission.

  • Brandon Cage

    Brandon Cage is an undergraduate student in the Physics department working with Jan Deca on simulations of attractive regimes between dust grains in plasma.

  • Brandon Cyrus

    Brandon is a senior undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering working with Zoltan Sternovsky and Mihály Horányi on designing an ultra-high vacuum (UHV) chamber and supporting structure to be incorporated with a Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer and tested on the dust accelerator.

  • Eric Diaz

    Eric is an undergraduate student in Engineering Physics and Mechanical Engineering working with Tobin Munsat and Vladimir Gorokhovsky on developing methods of coating micron scale particles with thin metal layers for use in the dust accelerator.



  • Alexander Doner

    Alex is a first year graduate student in the Department of Physics working with Mihály Horányi on the Interstellar Dust Experiment (IDEX) instrument aboard NASA's Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission.

  • Luke Eberwein

    Luke Eberwein is an undergraduate in Physics working with Xu Wang on studying electrostatic dust charging and lofting on surfaces of airless planetary bodies.

  • Bill Goode

    Bill Goode is a graduate student working for Sascha Kempf on SUDA science development.

  • Ben Farr

    Ben Farr completed his undergraduate Physics degree in May 2020 and is continuing his work with Xu Wang on a project to develop and test new methods for mitigating dust on the Lunar surface.



  • Zuni Levin

    Zuni is an undergraduate student of Physics working with Sascha Kempf on the computational modeling of the Lunar Dust Experiment in its operating environment orbiting around the moon.

  • Steven Priddy

    Steven Priddy is pursing a master's degree in aerospace engineering with an emphasis on bioastronautics. He is working with Zoltan Sternovsky on new experimental setups.

  • Joseph Isaac Samaniego

    Joseph is a graduate student in Physics working with Xu Wang and Mihály Horányi on upgrades to Langmuir Probes.

  • Ming-Hsueh Shen

    Mitchell is a graduate student in aerospace working with Zoltan Sternovsky on dust detection by antenna instruments: modeling and laboratory measurements.



  • Zach Ulibarri

    Zach is a graduate student in physics working with Tobin Munsat and Mihály Horányi on dust impacts into ice surfaces.

  • Li Hsia Yeo

    Li Hsia is a second year graduate student in the Department of Physics working with Xu Wang and Mihály Horányi on the Colorado Solar Wind Experiment (CSWE).

  • David Chaparro

    David Chaparro is a current graduate student at the CU Physics Department. He completed his BS in Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas. He now works with Tobin Munsat and Sascha Kempf continuing research on dust impacts on icy planets.









Past Students

  • Chris Anaya

    Chris Anaya graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in physics.

  • Forrest Barnes

    Forrest was an undergraduate student at the university of Colorado at Boulder working under Tobin Munsat on control and data visualization software for the accelerator.

  • Robert Beadles

    Robert was an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado working under Xu Wang.

  • Nicholaus Beaty

    Nicholaus Beaty worked under Mihály Horányi with Anthony Shu trying to optimize and improve the efficiency of the accelerator. He also helped to characterize the different types of dust that can be used.



  • Nick Boschert

    Nick was an interning high school student and entered CU-Boulder as a Physics major.

  • Jessica Burnett

    Jessica is an incoming undergraduate at CU-Boulder studying computer engineering. She is currently working under Mihály Horányi on simulating magnetic field anomalies found on the Moon.

  • Spenser Burrows

    Spenser Burrows graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree Engineering Physics and chemistry.

  • Mark Coffman

    Mark graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with an aerospace engineering degree.



  • Akaxia Cruz

    Akaxia Cruz is an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is double majoring in Physics and Mathematics.

  • Michael DeLuca

    Michael worked with Zoltan Sternovsky and completed his PhD on meteoric ablation in April of 2020. He is currently at Princeton University.

  • Shannon Dickson

    Shannon graduated from CU with a degree in engineering physics and a minor in astronomy.

  • Adrienne Dove

    Adrienne Dove received her PhD in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciencees from the University of Colorado



  • Nicole Duncan

    Nicole Duncan received her B.A. in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado and worked on the Dust Trajectory Sensor (DTS) project.

  • Chad Eberl

    Chad worked with Sascha Kempf on SUDA testing and calibration.

  • Connor Flexman

    Connor participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at IMPACT. He worked with Mihály Horányi developing the spatial variability of detectors for the dust accelerator at DAL.

  • João Gabriel Moreira Hooks

    João Hooks worked with Sascha Kempf on Cassini Time of Flight (TOF) mass spectroscopy for the Jovian and Saturnian systems. He worked on PDS data analysis and preparation.



  • AJ Gemer

    AJ Gemer worked with Zoltan Sternovsky on the development of the Hyperdust, Dust Trajectory Sensor (DTS), Electrostatic Lunar Dust Analyzer (ELDA), and Nano-Dust Analyzer (NDA) instruments. After graduation, he co-founded Lunar Outpost Inc. and is currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer.

  • Michael Gerard

    Michael was an undergrauate studying Physics and Applied Mathematics. He worked on simulations dealing with lunar swirl morphology and is now an Engineering Physics grad student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

  • Elliot Gorokhovsky

    Elliot was a high school student from Fairview HS working under Andrew Collette on the motion control system for the accelerator chamber.

  • Erik Gustafson

    Erik was an undergraduate student in Physics and Mechanical Engineering and worked with Sascha Kempf on designing and machining the SUDA prototype.



  • Liam Hoffmeister

    Liam completed his bachelor's degrees in Math, Physics, and Computer Science in May of 2020 and will be taking a job at Raytheon. He worked with Tobin Munsat on development of an improved FPGA for the accelerator's particle selection unit.

  • Calvin Howes

    Calvin was an undergraduate student working under Xu Wang.

  • Jack Hunsaker

    Jack was a high school intern working with David James developing the Argon Plasma Undergraduate Laboratory.

  • Eric Junkins

    Eric was an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering. He worked on fabiraction and design of test equipment for SUDA and GOLD. He now works at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.



  • Maximilian Kempf

    Max studies Industrial Engineering in Berlin and came to Boulder to do an internship for five months.

  • Huy Le

    Huy Le was an undergraduate in the Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering departments.

  • Spencer LeBlanc

    Spencer LeBlanc worked as an undergraduate with IMPACT.

  • Sean Metzger

    Sean was an interning high school student from Fairview High School in Boulder. He aspires to pursue a career in astrophysics or renewable energies.



  • Georg Meyer

    Georg was a visiting graduate student from Stuttgart, Germany. Georg worked with Zoltan Sternovsky developing the PVDF electronics at DAL.

  • Destry Monk

    Destry is an undergraduate at CU working for Tobin Munsat, and majoring in physics, computer science, and mathematics. His project entails coding for the Vacuum Interlock System master control interface.

  • Rudy Namikis

    Rudy studied Chemical Engineering and worked with Sascha Kempf on calibrations of mass analyzers.

  • Oak Nelson

    Oak Nelson was an undergraduate student in Engineering Physics and worked under Tobin Munsat on initial experiments in the ice chamber. .



  • Paige Northway

    Paige Northway graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Engineering Physics and a minor in German.

  • Leela O'Brien

    Leela was a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering and worked with Zoltan Sternovsky. Her focus was on the development of space instruments including the Nano Dust Analyzer, which is a linear time-of-flight mass spectrometer.

  • Alexandra Okeson

    Alexandra Okeson was an undergraduate student in Computer Science. She worked under Mihály Horányi developing software for the student dust counter.

  • Juliet Pilewskie

    Juliet was an undergraduate student and worked under Mihály Horányi developing computational models for IMPACT.

  • Marcus Piquette

    Marcus completed his PhD in the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences department working with Mihály Horányi on simulations of photoelectron sheaths and dust dynamics on the lunar surface. He now works at Mission Ops at LASP.

  • Andrew Poppe

    Andrew Poppe received his PhD in physics from the University of Colorado.



  • Thomas Watts

    Thomas Watts was a Physics major at CU Boulder who worked under Xu Wang. He is the author of the honors thesis "Simulation of Cold Cathode Discharge Tube Glow Profiles: An MCC Approach".



    • Emily Randall

      Emily graduated from Fairview High School, and entered CU Boulder as a high school intern.

    • Anthony Rasca

      Anthony received his PhD from the Applied Mathematics Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently works at the United States Naval Research Laboratory.

    • JR Rocha

      JR was a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering and worked under Zoltan Sternovsky on the STEREO project.

    • Joseph Schwan

      Joseph was an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering and worked under Xu Wang researching dust dynamics in plasmas.



    • Andy Seracuse

      Andy was an undergraduate student working under Tobin Munsat developing the dust coordinate sensor used by the dust accelerator at DAL.

    • Anthony Shu

      Anthony received his PhD in 2015 for impact cratering experiments. He accepted a job at Intel.

    • Tanya Shultz

      Tanya was an undergratuate student researching lunar swirls.

    • Jonas Simolka

      Jonas was a visiting graduate student from Stuttgart, Germany. Jonas worked with Zoltan Sternovsky on the gas target chamber at DAL.



    • Ben Southwood

      Ben was a graduate student in the Applied Math Department working with Sascha Kempf and Mihály Horányi developing computational models of dust plumes.

    • Jared Stanley

      Jared was an undergrauate student developing theoretical support for the SUDA instrument.

    • Jordan Stern

      Jordan graduated from Niwot High School, and will enter his first year at CU Boulder in the Engineering Physics Program.

    • Jamey Szalay

      Jamey received his PhD in 2015 for work with the LDEX mission studying the Moon's dust cloud. He accepted a Post Doc at SwRI, San Antonio.



    • Evan Thomas

      Evan received his PhD in Physics and worked under Tobin Munsat and Mihály Horányi designing the FPGA-based particle selection unit used on the accelerator. Additionally, Evan worked on a gas target experiment to investigate the ablation of micrometeoroids in the laboratory.

    • Michelle Villeneuve

      Michelle worked with Sascha Kempf and David James developing a program to analyze mass spectroscopy data without human manipulation for Cassini.

    • Michael Wagner

      Michael was an undergraduate student in Engineering Physics and worked on the Dust Particle Accelerator.

    • Ethan Williams

      Ethan Que Williams was an undergraduate Physics major at CU. He worked under the guidance of Zoltan Sternovsky and Sascha Kempf simulating ion trajectories in SIMION in the effort to optimize the design of the Large Area Mass Analyzer (LAMA) dust telescope.



      • Christopher Warren

        Chris graduated from CU with a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering with minors in Quantitative Economics and General Applied Mathematics.

      • Tyler Wingfield

        Tyler worked with IMPACT as a Junior pursuing a degree in Engineering Physics.

      • Jianfeng Xie

        Jianfeng Xie graduated from CU with a PhD in physics. He used the Zemax to analyze the effect of ultraviolet light from the sun on detectors.