Professional Research Assistants

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Liam Kilcommons

Liam Kilcommons is a professional research assistant who works with Prof. Tomoko Matsuo and Prof. Delores Knipp at CU Boulder. He received a BS Degree in physics from the Colorado State University. Publications: Li, J., T. Matsuo, and L. M. Kilcommons, 2021: Assimilative Mapping of Auroral Electron Energy Flux using SSUSI Lyman-Birge-Hopfield (LBH) Emissions, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, under review, https://doi.org/10.1002/essoar.10506769.1 . Knipp, D. J., L. M. Kilcommons, M...
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Willem Mirkovich

Willem Mirkovich is a professional research assistant who works with Prof. Tomoko Matsuo at CU Boulder. He received a BS Degree in Computer Science from CU Boulder in 2020. Presentations: Mirkovich, W., T. Matsuo, and L. M. Kilcommons (2020), Data-Driven Modeling of Polar Ionospheric Electrodynamics Using Convolutional Neural Networks (iPoster), AGU Fall Meeting , Virtual.

Akash Ratheesh Babu

Akash Ratheesh Babu is a professional research assistant who works with Prof. Tomoko Matsuo and Prof. Nisar Ahmed at CU Boulder. He received a master degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from CU Boulder in 2020.

PhD Students

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Nicholas Bartel

I’m a first year PhD student in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at CU (Fall 2021-current).
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Clayton Cantrall

Clayton Cantrall is now a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. His PhD research was on the use of optical remote sensing technologies to improve our understanding and ability to predict processes at the upper boundary of Earth’s atmosphere.
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Nicholas Dietrich

I’m a third year PhD student in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at CU (Fall 2019-current). I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Florida in Aerospace Engineering with minors in Math and Physics. In undergrad, I worked on multiple satellite projects including DebriSat which sought to improve satellite break-up models and LISA which seeks to measure low-frequency gravitational waves caused by massive cosmic events. In summer 2017, I...
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Shay Gilpin

My name is Shay Gilpin, and I am a PhD student in the Applied Mathematics (APPM) Department at CU (Fall 2018-current). I completed by undergraduate degree in pure mathematics with a minor in chemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz. As an undergraduate, I participated in the Significant Opportunities for Atmospheric Research Program (SOARS) through the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, CO working for the Constellation...
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Chuan-Ping Lien

I am a PhD student in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department (Spring 2019-current). My research interests are the application of statistical inverse theory, the day-to-day variation of middle and low latitude electrodynamics and plasma behaviors, and the analysis of the magnetometer data and ionospheric ion density data. My current research focuses on assimilating magnetometer data into a numerical model of the ionosphere and thermosphere to investigate major equatorial ionospheric phenomenons...

Skyler Shaver

Skyler Shaver is a PhD student in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at CU Boulder. She works as GRA at LASP under the research mentorship of Dr. Laila Andersson, while pursuing a PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences under the academic mentorship of Prof. Tomoko Matsuo.
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Fan Shen

My name is Fan Shen, and I am a PhD student in the Computer Science Department at CU Boulder. I work with Prof. Tomoko Matsuo as GRA, while pursuing a PhD degree in Cyber Security under the academic mentorship of Prof. James Curry.

MS Students

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Valerie Svaldi

I received a B.S. degree in Mechanical and Material Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2021, and I am currently pursuring a M.S. degree in the Space Resources Masters Program in at the Colorado School of Mines. I had the opportunity to work with Professor Tomoko Matsuo through an REU in Solar and Space Physics in the Summer of 2018. I have been lucky enough to continue working...

BS Students

Alumni

Sierra Flynn

Sierra Flynn works at LASP as a Flight Controller for the GOLD, TSIS, and EVE missions. She received a master degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Coloraod Boulder in 2017. MS Thesis: Flynn, S. (2017), Understanding the Variability in Thermospheric Nitric Oxide Flux Using Empirical Orthogonal Functions, University of Colorado Boulder. Publications: Flynn, S., D. J. Knipp, T. Matsuo, M. Mlynczak, and L. Hunt (2018), Understanding the...
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Chih-Ting Hsu

Chih-Ting Hsu is currently a postdoctral felllow at NCAR, and worked as a research associate with Prof. Tomoko Matsuo at CU Boulder in 2018-2019. She graduated from the Institute of Space Science, the National Central University, Taiwan. She visited Boulder while she was a graduate student and fell in love with this place, so she came back after receiving her PhD degree. She specializes in ionospheric radio occultation data assimilation...
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Jason Li

Jason Li works at MIT Lincoln Lab. He graduated with M.S. and B.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from CU Boulder in 2021. MS thesis: Li, J. (2021), Assimilative Mapping of Electron Flux using SSUSI Lyman-Birge-Hopeld Emissions, CU Boulder. Papers: Li, J., T. Matsuo, and L. Kilcommons (2021), Assimilative Mapping of Auroral Electron Energy Flux using SSUSI Lyman-Birge-Hopfield (LBH) Emissions, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, under review, https://doi.org/10.1002/essoar.10506769.1 Conference Presentations: Li,...
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Si Shen

Si Shen now works for Amazon. He received a M.S. degree from the Computer Science Department at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019. He had closely worked with Prof. Tomoko Matsuo in the upper atmospheric data assimilation. He also has a Ph.D. degree in Meteorology from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in China. Independent study: Shen, S., 2019: An exploration of using graph-based SLAM for data assimilation problems, guided...
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Yining Si

Yining Shi is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and received a PhD degree from the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2019. PhD thesis: Shi, Y. (2019), High-latitude Ionospheric Field-aligned Currents (FACs) Derived with Inverse and Assimilative Analysis of Iridium Magnetic Perturbation Data and New Insights Gained, University of Colorado Boulder. Publications: Shi, Y., D. J. Knipp, T. Matsuo,...