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...
Jeff Thayer

Jeff Thayer

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...
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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...
Eric Sutton

Eric Sutton

Senior Research Associate, SWx Research Lead
SWx TREC
Eric 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 in...
Greg Lucas

Greg Lucas

MADTech Office Lead, SWx TREC
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...
Julie Barnum

Julie Barnum

Director, Deep Learning Laboratory
SWX TREC • LABORATORY FOR ATMOSPHERIC AND SPACE PHYSICS (LASP)
Julie is the director of the Deep Learning Laboratory (DLL). She is passionate about leading and facilitating technical work and group efforts across organizational and cultural boundaries, and building relationships within communities in the process. Her interdisciplinary background is fitting for this kind of work; she comes to the DLL with a B.S. in applied physics (2015), an M.S. in atmospheric science (2018), and experience working with several space mission...

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...
Enrico Camporeale

Enrico Camporeale

Research Scientist
SWx TREC • CIRES
Enrico is a research associate with CIRES and affiliated with the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center. He graduated in space plasma physics from the Queen Mary University of London. Enrico has worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Dutch National Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI). His research activities focus on the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve the forecasting capabilities of space weather...
Tim Fuller-Rowell

Tim Fuller-Rowell

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) • NOAA
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...
Sebastijan Mrak

Sebastijan Mrak

External Affiliate
JHU/APL • SWx TREC
Sebastijan is an external affiliate of SWx TREC. He is interested in radio remote sensing of the Earth’s ionosphere using global navigation satellite system (GNSS) as opportunistic signals to image ionospheric disturbances. His current projects involve research into how solar eclipses impact the ionosphere, how geomagnetic disturbances impact integrity of the GNSS signals at high latitudes in the presence of auroral bodies, multi-scale magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling, and space weather impacts on...
Luis Navarro Dominguez

Luis Navarro

Research Scientist I
SWx TREC
Luis is a research associate at SWx TREC. He uses large, ground-based and spaceborne instrumentation datasets to study the effects of geomagnetically disturbed events and of the geophysical variability over the thermosphere and exosphere, and their inherent interplay with ionospheric drivers. His current projects involve research into how the equatorial ionosphere-thermosphere system react to geomagnetically disturbed conditions, empirical modeling of the neutral exosphere and data analysis of radar and optical...
Chris Pankratz

Chris Pankratz

LASP Director of Mission Operations and Data Systems
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
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...
Yang Wang

Yang Wang

Visiting Professor in Aerospace Engineering
SWx TREC
Yang is a visiting professor in the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department. His research interests include developing GNSS receiver carrier tracking algorithms, using spaceborne GNSS measurements for the Earth’s atmosphere and surface sensing, and machine learning for the ionosphere and space weather monitoring and forecasting. Yang obtained his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder, M.E. in electrical and electronics engineering from Nanyang Technological University in...
Weijia Zhan

Weijia Zhan

Research Scientist I
SWx TREC
Weijia is a research associate at SWx TREC. During his PhD and postdoc research, he specialized in analyzing incoherent and coherent scatter radar measurements and investigating such topics as equatorial spread F (ESF), Joule heating, neutral wind and the interactions between the ions and neutrals at high latitudes. Now Weijia is working on equatorial and low latitude ionospheric irregularities with the state-of-art model WAM-IPE and advanced statistical methods. The goal...

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...
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. 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 Force officer and was the editor in chief...
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...

Associates

Graduate Students

Bhagyashree Waghule

Graduate Student - Aerospace Engineering
SWx TREC
Bhagyashree is a Ph.D. student working on understanding the Magnetosphere - Ionosphere Coupling during extreme geomagnetic storms by using data fusion to analyze multi-instrument observations. She has an interdisciplinary background in Mechanical Engineering and Bioastronautics. Area of Study - Aerospace Engineering Sciences - Remote Sensing - Space Weather

Undergraduate Students