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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • David James

    Research Associate

    David James received his PhD from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is a research associate at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) specializing in the calibration of space instruments.

  • 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

    CO-I

    Tobin received his PhD in Plasma Physics from Princeton University. He is an associate 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

  • Forrest Barnes

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

  • Michael DeLuca

    Michael is a graduate student in the Aerospace Engineering Department working with Zoltan Sternovsky to investigate meteoric ablation.

  • Chad Eberl

    Chad works with Sascha Kempf on SUDA testing and calibration.

  • John Fontanese

    Dust Wizard

    John is an undergraduate student working with David James on the large and small accelerators at DAL.



  • Michael Gerard

    Michael is a junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying Physics and Applied Mathematics. He has been working at LASP since November 2015 developing a simulation dealing with lunar swirl morphology. He is 25 years old and is originally from Jacksonville, FL.

  • Bill Goode

    Bill Goode is an undergraduate student working for Tobin Munsat. His project is on the calibration and software development for the Dust Coordinate Sensor in the DAL.

  • Erik Gustafson

    Erik is an undergraduate student in Physics and Mechanical engineering with an interest in space hardware. He works with Sascha Kempf in designing and machining the SUDA prototype.

  • Eric Junkins

    Eric is pursuing an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and computer science. He works on fabiraction and design of test equipment for SUDA and GOLD.



  • 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.

  • Oak Nelson

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

  • Leela O'Brien

    Leela is a second-year graduate student in the Aerospace Engineering Department. She is focusing on the development of space instruments and is currently working with Zoltan Sternovsky on the Nano Dust Analyzer, which is a linear time-of-flight mass spectrometer.

  • Juliet Pilewskie

    Juliet is an undergraduate student working under Mihály Horányi developing computational models for IMPACT.



  • Marcus Piquette

    Marcus is a second-year graduate student in the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences department working with Mihály Horányi on simulations of the photoelectron sheath above airless bodies and spacecraft as well as dust dynamics on the lunar surface.

  • JR Rocha

    JR is a graduate student in the Aerospace Engineering Department working with Zoltan Sternovsky on the STEREO project.

  • Joseph Isaac Samaniego-Evans

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

  • Joseph Schwan

    Joseph is an undergraduate student at CU Boulder with a Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics double major. He is working under Xu Wang researching dust dynamics in plasmas.



  • Ben Southwood

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

  • Evan Thomas

    Evan is a graduate student in the Department of Physics working under Tobin Munsat. He designed the FPGA-based particle selection unit used on the accelerator. Currently, Evan is working on a gas target experiment to investigate the ablation of micrometeoroids in the laboratory.

  • Zach Ulibarri

    Zach is a graduate student in physics working with Tobin Munsat on accelerator studies and Xu Wang on ion gun experiments.

  • Li Hsia Yeo

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




Past Students

  • Chris Anaya

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

  • 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.



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Elliot Gorokhovsky

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

  • 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.



  • 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.

  • Rudy Namikis

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

  • Paige Northway

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

  • Alexandra Okeson

    Alexandra Okeson is currently pursuing a BS in computer science. She worked under Mihaly Horanyi developing software for the student dust counter.



  • Andrew Poppe

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.