Geoff McHarg, Director
U.S. Air Force Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center
Tuesday, Nov. 12 | 12:00 PM | AERO 114
Abstract: The Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center (SPARC) faculty and cadets perform basic research in the solar terrestrial environment and investigate how perturbations in that environment can negatively impact the performance and longevity of U.S. Air Force space assets. SPARC specializes in development of aggressively miniaturized payloads that fly on experimental spacecraft to make observations of the ionosphere. SPARC then works with cadets to incorporate these measurements into the broader framework of the ionospheric system, with the long-term goal of developing physics-based predictive models eventually leading to the ability to forecast the geospace environment.
Bio: Dr. M. Geoff McHarg received his Ph.D. from the University of Alaska in Physics. He is a faculty member at the U.S. Air Force Academy and founding director of the Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center (SPARC).