Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

Climate & Space is Science-Driven Engineering at its Best

Faculty Recognitions

  • 3 Distinguished University Professors (Fisk, Gombosi, Penner)
  • 1 Endowed Professor of Engineering (Gombosi)
  • 1 Collegiate Professor (Drake)
  • 3 Collegiate Research Professors (Bougher, Combi, Kozyra)
  • 1 Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (Samson)
  • 3 Attwood Award winners (Fisk, Gombosi, Nagy)
  • 1 Russel Lecturer (Fisk)
  • 1 Henry Russel Award (Flanner)
  • 1 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year (Samson)
  • 3 Members of the National Academy of Sciences (Fisk, Gloeckler, Kivelson)
  • 5 Members of the International Academy of Astronautics (Atreya, Fisk, Gloeckler, Gombosi, Nagy)
  • 8 American Geophysical Union Fellows (Fisk, Gloeckler, Gombosi, Kivelson, Kozyra, Nagy, Penner, Slavin)
  • 3 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows (Atreya, Gloeckler, Penner)
  • 1 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow (Ruf)
  • 2 American Physical Society Fellows (Drake, Gloeckler)
  • 1 American Meteorological Society Fellow (Rood)

Junior Faculty Recognitions

Associate Professor Mark Flanner
NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
Assistant Professor Eric A Kort
NASA New Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science Award
Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists
Associate Professor Allison Steiner
American Geophysical Union Ascent Award
Associate Professor Shasha Zou
URSI Young Scientist Award
Science and engineering brought together at a deep-level — science-driven engineering — is the distinct hallmark and tradition of Climate & Space.


As part of the U-M College of Engineering, Climate & Space uniquely combines science and engineering, offering an integrated view of Earth and space for climate studies, planetary science, instrumentation and large-scale modeling.

The next generation of innovators and explorers in Climate & Space learn with their minds and with their hands — setting them apart from their peers – with practical, hands-on experiences; by bringing together science and engineering; by pushing them to think collaboratively; and by emphasizing discovery, paradigm-shifting engineering solutions, risk-taking and creativity. Climate & Space students are prepared to take that next big leap into uncharted areas of science and engineering.

Like the University of Michigan, Climate & Space combines the best of two worlds: research and education. The work of our faculty continues past the research door and into the classroom. Our faculty members include undergraduate and graduate students as part of their research project teams; they bring their everyday research activities into the classrooms; and they make sure course material is based on current findings and data.

This is the Michigan Difference.
This is the Climate & Space difference.

A better understanding of how global climate change affects the Great Lakes region is possible because of the decades of climate and atmospheric research by Climate & Space faculty. It is this deep understanding of climate that fosters the development of innovative technologies and models, giving us improved predictions of severe weather. And, as Climate & Space researchers narrow the uncertainty of climate prediction, mitigation efforts by policy makers and the public become more understandable and attainable.

Meteorites, asteroids, comets, solar flares jeopardize the near-Earth space environment — the future staging ground for world-wide technological progress. The Climate & Space science-driven engineering model expands our knowledge and understanding by developing tools such as nano-satellites that will keep near-Earth space safe. Missions into deep space and other planets increase our understanding of the universe, our place in it and conditions that foster life.

This work means Climate & Space students learn about entrepreneurial engineering in a teaching facility and idea accelerator — a strong foundation for students to create that road map into the future as they become the next generation of innovators and explorers.

This is the Michigan Difference.
This is the Climate & Space difference.