- 2016 Nelson W. Spencer Lecture - Dr. Stephen Volz
- Special Seminar - Mark Kahan
- Graduate Student Town Hall Discussion
- Special Seminar - Carolyn Kuranz
- CYGNSS Mission launch viewing party
2016 Nelson W. Spencer Lecture - Dr. Stephen Volz
December 1, 2016 - 3:30 pm
The 2016 Nelson W. Spencer Lecture will be devered by Dr. Stephen Volz, Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday, December 1st at 3:30 p.m.
Title: "The Challenges and Opportunities Found in an Integrated Global Environmental Observing System."
Abstract: Rapid changes in the maturity and business models of space technology are impacting the Earth observations community in unpredictable ways, while at the same time, are offering new opportunities for improved performance and understanding. Satellite-based Earth observations enable NOAA to provide timely warning of severe weather and space weather events, protect marine resources, and study the impacts of a changing environment. At NESDIS – the National, Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service – we must confront competing demands for limited resources and continue to deliver reliable, secure, and timely environmental data worldwide. This presentation will illustrate how certain challenges are transforming the NESDIS enterprise and how we plan to maintain our position as the world’s trusted source of environmental data.
Dr. Stephen Volz is the NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services. In this role Dr. Volz leads the acquisition and operation of the nation’s civil operational environmental satellite system. He also leads efforts for research and development of products and programs to archive and provide access to a variety of Earth observations.
Dr. Volz previously served as the Associate Director for Flight Programs in the Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate where he managed all of NASA’s Earth Science flight missions and associated activities.
Prior to serving as the Flight Program Director, Dr. Volz was the Earth Science program executive for a series of Earth Science missions, including EO-3 GIFTS, CloudSat, CALIPSO, and ICESat, and he led the Senior Review for the Earth Science operating missions. Dr. Volz worked in industry at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation from 1997–2002, where he was the Project Manager for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility superfluid helium cryostat and other flight projects. From 1986–1997 Dr. Volz worked for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as an instrument manager, an I&T Manager, a systems engineer, and a cryogenic systems engineer on missions and instruments including the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), among others.
Dr. Volz is a member of several professional societies, including the American Physical Society (M’82), the American Astronomical Society (M’87), the American Geophysical Union (M’02), and the American Meteorological Society (M’08). He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an active member of and participant in the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), and a member of the GRSS Administration Committee (AdCom) for the period of 2013–2017.
Dr. Volz has a doctorate in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1986), a master’s in Physics from Illinois (1981), and a bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Virginia (1980). He has more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
About Nelson W. Spencer:
Dr. Spencer became the director of the Space Physics Research Laboratory in 1948 and remained its guiding force until 1960. During his tenure, SPRL established itself as a prominent leader in the exploration of the Earth's upper atmosphere. Dr. Spencer believed in the importance of including science goals in all space flight missions, and was a pioneer in America’s space science program.close
Special Seminar - Mark Kahan
December 5, 2016 - 2:30 pm
Title: "Optical Systems Engineering: From the Navy, to the Hubble, to the Three Little Pigs"
Abstract: Over the past 50 years, Mark Kahan has served regularly as lead optical systems engineer, chief engineer, or as an advisor on critical programs of high optical engineering content. This lecture will be a much abbreviated collection of vignettes and true take-aways from the experiences and findings that Mark has encountered while designing optical systems for a multitude of space applications.close
Graduate Student Town Hall Discussion
December 7, 2016 - 5:00 pm
CLaSP Graduate Students should plan to attend the Graduate Student Town Hall Discussion in the SRB Auditorium. Pizza, salad and drinks will be provided. Professor Xianglei Huang (Graduate Chair) and Professor Mark Moldwin (Associate Chair for Academic Affairs) will moderate the discussion.
The Agenda includes updates and discussion on the department faculty search, the strategic planning process, SRB renovations, professional development opportunities, changes to the graduate curriculum and welcoming input on all-things-CLaSP.
If there are questions that you would like specifically answered, feel free to send them to Professor Moldwin directly via email, or see him prior to the Town Hall.
Special Seminar - Carolyn Kuranz
December 8, 2016 - 3:30 pm
Title: "Hydrodynamic Instability Experiments in High-Energy-Density Plasmas"
Abstract: Hydrodynamic instabilities are an important phenomenon that has consequences in many high-energy-density (HED) systems, including astrophysical systems and inertial confinement fusion experiments. Using high-energy lasers, such as the Omega EP laser or the National Ignition Facility we can create strong shock or blast waves to drive the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, The Rayleigh-Taylor instability or the Richtmyer-Meshkov process, depending on the geometry. We use the x-ray radiography technique to create a 2D image of instability growth and observe the evolution of these processes. I will present an overview of the experimental HED hydrodynamics program at the University of Michigan and recent results showing mode-coupling in Richtmyer-Meshkov experiments, suppression of Kelvin-Helmholtz growth due to compressible effects, and the ablative stabilization of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability.
CYGNSS Mission launch viewing party
December 12, 2016 - 6:30 am
On December 12, 2016, NASA will launch the Climate & Space-led CYGNSS satellite mission, and the CLaSP department will host a special viewing party in our SRB auditorium.
Enjoy coffee and refreshments and watch the launch live via NASA-TV feed, and listen to remarks from CYGNSS constellation scientist, Aaron Ridley.
- 6:30 a.m. Welcome/coffee, refreshments
- 6:45 a.m. NASA-TV begins live coverage
- 6:56 a.m. * L-1011 Stargazer begins taxi
- 7:26 a.m. * L-1011 Stargazer take off
- 7:30-8:20 a.m. * Remarks
- 8:24 a.m. * Pegasus XL Launch from L-1011
* Via live NASA TV Feed
Visit the CYGNSS website for more information about this exciting mission.
Come and watch us make history!