People

Faculty

Ming Zhang, Ph.D.
Director of Geospace Physics Lab
Professor
Department of Physics and Space Sciences
College of Science
Email: mzhang@fit.edu
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Steven Lazarus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Marine and Environmental Systems
College of Engineering
Email: slazarus@fit.edu
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Amitabh Nag, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Space Sciences
College of Science
Email: anag@fit.edu
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Hamid K. Rassoul, Ph.D.
Dean: College of Sciences
Founding Director of Geospace Physics Lab
Professor
Department of Physics and Space Sciences
College of Science
Email: rassoul@fit.edu
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Michael Splitt
Research Professor
Department of Marine and Environmental Systems
College of Engineering
Email: msplitt@fit.edu

Jean-Carlos Perez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics and Space Sciences
College of Science
Email: jcperez@fit.edu
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Research Scientist


Feng Shi, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Department of Physics and Space Sciences
College of Science
Email: fshi@fit.edu

 

Lulu Zhao, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Department of Physics and Space Sciences
College of Science
Email: lzhao@fit.edu

Visiting Scientist

 

Jing Yang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
LAGEO
Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Chinese Academy Of Sciences 

  Xin Gao, Ph.D

Graduate Students

Mohammad Salem
Geospace Physics Laboratory
Physics and Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
Email: msalem2011@my.fit.edu


Alan Bozarth
Geospace Physics Laboratory
Physics and Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
Email: abozarth2013@my.fit.edu


Levi Boggs
Geospace Physics Laboratory
Physics and Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
Email: lboggs2014@my.fit.edu

Research Summary: Focusing on the charge structures and lightning discharge morphology of thunderstorms that produce Transient Luminous Events - specifically sprites and gigantic jets. Using radar, National Lightning Detection Network, and Lightning Mapping Array data, he can determine where areas of charge reside inside the thundercloud. The Lighting mapping array data also allows the lighting evolution of each flash to be tracked in detail. His work also focus’s on modeling these exotic charge structures and lightning behavior to gain a better understanding of the electrical processes taking place inside the thundercloud.

Top: Vertical cross section of base reflectivity overlaid with Lighting Mapping Array data. The white dots are a ‘bolt from the blue’, that is, a discharge exiting the side of the thunderstorm and connecting with ground under clear skies. Bottom: Horizontal cross section of the above lighting discharge.

 


Carl Monroe, M.Eng.
Geospace Physics Laboratory
Physics and Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
Email: cmonroe2007@my.fit.edu

Research Summary: Studying magnetic fields, energetic particles and their interactions in the solar system and in interstellar space, specifically by examining heliospheric structures. Utilizing data from the Voyager mission and PAMELA, he studies the boundary (heliopause) between solar influence and the ISM.


Naomi Watanabe
Geospace Physics Laboratory
Physics and Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
Email: nwatanabe2015@my.fit.edu

Undergraduate Students


Chad Glenn
Major: Physics
Expected Graduation: May 2016

  Talia Rappa
Major: Physics
Expected Graduation: May 2019 

Alumni

Ph.D.

Maher Al-Dayeh, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Conferred: May 2008

Daniel Barnes, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Conferred: December 2012

Ziad Saleh, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Conferred: May 2009

Meagan Schaal, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Conferred: May 2013

Eric Cramer
Ph.D. Conferred: May 2015
Burcu Kosar
Ph.D. Conferred: May 2015

Samaneh Sadighi
Ph.D. Conferred: May 2015

Shahab Arabshahi
Ph.D. Conferred: May 2015

Master of Science

Mary Beth Cwikla
M.S. Conferred: 2015

Robert Lucia
M.S. Conferred: 2014

Bachelor of Science

 

Andrew Chrest
B.S. Conferred: 2006

 

Diego Alvaro Concha
B.S. Conferred: 2008

 

Mary-Beth Cwikla
Degree: Physics
B.S. Conferred: 2011

 

John Ferreira
Degree: Physics & Space Sciences
B.S. Conferred: 2009

 

Andrea Hughes
Degree: Space Science
B.S. Conferred: 2008

 

Lars Johnson
B.S. Conferred: 2007

 

Crystal Latham
Degree: Astrophysics
B.S. Conferred: 2010

Jeana Mascio
Degree: Meteorology
B.S. Conferred: 2011

Guillermo Naranjo
Degree: Physics
B.S. Conferred: 2011

Alissa Oppenheimer
Degree: Earth, Solar, and Planetary Sciences
B.S. Conferred: 2013

 

Joleen Pajcic
Degree: Space Science
B.S. Conferred: 2008

Brooke Adams
Degree: Astronomy & Astrophysics
B.S. Conferred: 2015

James Johnson
Degree: Space Science
B.S. Conferred: 2014

  Nicholas Spiva
B.S. Conferred: 2015