Leadership

Tom Berger

Thomas Berger

Executive Director
SWx TREC
Tom is a solar physicist by training with degrees in mechanical engineering and astrophysics from Stanford University. He previously worked at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory in Palo Alto, California, where he was a co-investigator on the Japanese/US/UK Hinode mission that launched in 2006. Tom was also project scientist for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope at the National Solar Observatory and was the director of NOAA’s Space...
Chris Pankratz

Chris Pankratz

MADTech Office Lead, SWx TREC
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
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Julia Putt

Financial Program Manager
SWx TREC
Julia manages SWx TREC’s finances, working within the CU system to balance the budget and plan the financial future of the center. She prepares budgets and other documentation for grant and contract proposals and manages award finances. Julia earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Arizona, followed by her master’s degree in business administration at the University of Colorado Denver. In her spare time, Julia enjoys exploring...
Jeff Thayer

Jeff Thayer

Research Office Lead, SWx TREC Faculty Director, Professor
Aerospace Engineering Sciences • Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR)
Jeff’s research program is rooted in applying engineering solutions to study the aerospace environment from our Earth’s surface to the geospace environment—the region of space strongly influenced by Earth’s gravitational and magnetic fields. He specializes in geophysical fluid dynamics, gas and plasma interactions, thermodynamics, and electrodynamics applied to the atmosphere and geospace. This field of research has increased over the years as our society rapidly becomes more economically and socially...

Staff

Eric Sutton

Eric Sutton

Senior Research Associate
SWx TREC
Eric Sutton is a senior research associate at SWx TREC. Specializing in upper-atmospheric and ionospheric data analysis, theory, and modeling, Sutton has worked to improve the predictions most critical to the Space Situational Awareness Programme (SSA) and space traffic management of low-Earth orbiting assets. He is a proponent for using physics-based models to specify the state of the upper atmosphere and has tackled many technical challenges related to their implementation...

Affiliates

Laura Bloom

Laura Bloom

Administrative Assistant
SWx TREC • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
Laura supports the SWx TREC director and team with branding and marketing, website development, events, meetings, scheduling, travel, and other efforts. She has worked at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) since 2004 supporting the Cassini mission to Saturn and publishing the lab’s staff and public newsletters among other communication and outreach duties. Laura has an MBA in marketing. After growing up in New England, primarily CT and...
Jenny Knuth

Jenny Knuth

Product Owner, Space Weather Data Portal
SWx TREC • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
Jenny is a front-end developer in the data systems group at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. With a focus on usability and interaction, she brings together computers, data, and design to create software tools for scientists. She enjoys problem solving and puzzles of all kinds. Jenny has lived on the US west coast, the US east coast, in England, Norway, and France, and now finds herself happily settled...
Greg Lucas

Greg Lucas

Professional Research Assistant
SWx TREC • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
Greg is a software engineer in the data systems group at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and is helping to build the model testbed environment for SWx TREC. He has a PhD in aerospace engineering focusing on remote sensing and global atmospheric modeling. As a postdoc, Greg investigated geomagnetically induced currents and hazards to the power grid from solar storms. He enjoys all outdoor activities, taking particular interests...
Marcin Pilinski

Marcin Pilinski

Research Associate
SWx TREC • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
Marcin received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011. His research interests include aeronomy, satellite drag modeling, spacecraft gas-surface interactions, and small spacecraft systems design. His recent projects include: the design of assimilation schemes for specifying the space environment using global circulation and empirical atmospheric models; Mars upper atmosphere research utilizing data from NASA’s MAVEN mission; teaching a graduate CubeSat design course at...

Faculty

Dan Baker

Dan Baker

Co-Investigator
Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) • SWx TREC
Daniel N. Baker is the director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. He is a Distinguished Professor of Planetary and Space Physics at CU and a professor of physics in the department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. Baker studied under James A. Van Allen and subsequently worked with Edward C. Stone at the California Institute of Technology. He was the group leader for space plasma physics at Los...
Steven Cranmer

Steven Cranmer

Education Office Lead, SWx TREC
Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences • SWx TREC • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
Steve is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. His scientific interests include the heating of the extended outer atmosphere of the Sun (the solar corona) and other stars, the acceleration of stellar winds, theoretical plasma physics, and the dynamical atmospheres of hot, pulsating, and rapidly rotating stars. Steve worked for years as a member of the UVCS (Ultraviolet Coronagraph Spectrometer) team and is looking forward to new...
Tim Fuller-Rowell

Tim Fuller-Rowell

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) • NOAA
Nils Halverson

Nils Halverson

Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
Delores Knipp

Delores Knipp

Professor
SWx TREC • Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Delores Knipp is a research professor in the Smead Aerospace Engineering Science Department and a senior research associate at the NCAR High Altitude Observatory. She is an American Meteorological Society Fellow and the director of SWx TREC’s Education Enterprise. Her research focuses on weather at the space-atmosphere interaction region. Delores advances scientific use of space environment observations and promotes education related to space weather. She is a retired US Air...
Jade Morton

Jade Morton

Professor
SWx TREC • Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR)
Jade Morton is a professor at the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department and director of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research. Prior to joining CU in 2017, she was an electrical engineering professor at Colorado State University (2014–2017) and at Miami University (2000–2014). Morton’s research interests lie at the intersection of satellite navigation technologies and remote sensing of the Earth’s space environment, atmosphere, and surface. She received a Ph.D. in electrical...
Cora Randall

Cora Randall

Professor
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
Cora is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and a scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Her main area of expertise is remote sensing of the Earth’s middle atmosphere, with particular emphasis on the polar regions. She investigates processes related to stratospheric ozone depletion, polar mesospheric clouds, and atmospheric coupling through solar and magnetospheric energetic particle precipitation. She teaches chemistry, climate, radiative transfer,...

Associates

Graduate Students

Varad Deshmukh

Graduate Research Associate
SWx TREC • Computer Science

Undergraduate Students