Jeff Thayer
Research Professor • Professor Emeritus • Director of SWx-TREC
Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR)

Office Location: AERO N407

Focus Area

Remote Sensing, Earth, & Space Sciences

Education

PhD, Atmospheric and Space Science, University of Michigan, 1990
MS, Atmospheric Science, University of Michigan, 1986
BS, Meteorology, State University of New York, College at Oneonta, 1984

Professional Experience

2022 - Present, Professor Emeritus, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2017 - Present, Faculty Director, Space Weather Technology, Research and Education Center, University of Colorado Boulder
2014 - Present, Chief Technology Officer, ASTRALiTe LLC.
2012 - 2022, Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2013 - 2019, Director, Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, University of Colorado Boulder
2016 - 2018, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs, Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department
2004 - 2012, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
1995 - 2004, Senior Research Physicist, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA
1990 - 1994, Research Physicist, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA

Awards (selected)

Joseph T. Negler Professorship, 2017
CU Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Research, 2016
Outstanding Service, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, 2016
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, 2015
Distinguished Alumni Award SUNY Oneonta, 2015
College of Engineering Dean's Award for Outstanding Research, 2012
Roubos Engineering Endowed Faculty Fellowship, 2012
Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2011
CU Boulder Provost's Faculty Achievement Award, 2010
University of Michigan Alumni Merit Award, 2005
NASA Group Achievement Award, 2005
SRI International Presidential Achievement Award, 2004
NASA Group Achievement Award, 2000

Research Interests

Remote sensing of the atmosphere and ionosphere using lidar and radar techniques; optical systems and design; atmospheric and space physics; geophysical fluid dynamics, electrodynamics, and plasma physics.