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

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Alicia Petersen
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Alicia K Petersen

Doctoral Candidate

Air Force Research Laboratory Space Scholar

Office: 1435
Email: aliciaks@umich.edu
Web: aliciakpetersen.wordpress.com

Education

M.S., Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (May 2017)

M.S. Astroparticle Physics Coursework (non-degree seeking) Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Erlangen, Germany (2013-2014)

B.A., Physics (and Mathematics), Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI (2013)

Research

My research investigates the magnetic topology of the inner heliosphere and the evolution of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections as they propagate out from the Sun.

I analyze identifying characteristics of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections using Advanced Compositional Explorer (ACE) in-situ observations of heavy ion charge states, suprathermal electrons and plasma properties.

I study how the magnetic environment of the inner heliosphere impacts Solar Energetic Particles using in-situ observations.

In future work, I will use the SuperThermal Electron Transport (STET) model to study what suprathermal electrons can tell us about the magnetic topology of the inner heliosphere.

Research Groups

  • Solar and Heliospheric Research Group (SHRG)

 - see solar-heliospheric.engin.umich.edu/

  • Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, Thermosphere Research And Simulation (MITHRAS)

 - see http://clasp.engin.umich.edu/people/liemohn/FACULTY

  • Solar Group, Battlespace Environment, Air Force Research Laboratory

Conference Presentations

  • Michigan Geophysical Union Symposium - Apr. 2018
  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting - Dec. 2017
  • Michigan Space Grant Consortium Conference - Nov. 2017
  • Solar Heliospheric Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) Conference - July 2017
  • Solar Heliospheric Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) Conference, Student Day Tutorial Talk - July 2017
  • Space Weather Workshop - May 2017
  • Michigan Geophysical Union Symposium - Apr. 2017
  • Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) Women in Data Science Conference - Feb. 2017
  • University of Michigan, College of Engineering, Engineering Graduate Symposium - Nov. 2016
  • American Women in Science (AWIS) Regional Conference - Sep. 2016
  • Solar Heliospheric Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) Conference - July 2016
  • Solar Heliospheric Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) Conference, Student Day, Space Weather Tutorial - July 2016

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Counterstreaming suprathermal electrons in the inner heliosphere
  • Filament-associated Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections
  • Heavy Ion Charge States in Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections
  • Interchange reconnection signatures in the inner heliosphere
  • Solar Energetic Particles

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • Michigan Space Grant Consortium - Graduate Fellowship, 2018
  • UM College of Engineering Community Grant 2018
  • Rackham Conference Travel Grant 2017
  • Michigan Space Grant Consortium - Graduate Fellowship, 2017
  • UM Rackham Graduate School Spring/Summer Research Grant, 2016
  • UM College of Engineering Regents Fellowship, 2015

Professional Service

  • Co-President of the CLaSP Graduate & Undergraduate Student Organization (GUStO) - 2016-2018 
  • Coordinator of the CLaSP Ladiez Lunches - 2016-2018
  • Rackham Professional Development Leader - 2017-2018

Publications

  • Now-Casting Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections Using Heavy Ion Charge Distributions; Petersen, A.K., Lepri, S.T., and M.W. Liemohn. In Progress.

  • Forecasting Solar Extreme and Far Ultraviolet Irradiance; Henney, C. J., Hock, R. A., Schooley, A. K. et al.; Published in AGU Space Weather; DOI: 10.1002/2014SW001118. Published in Space Weather Quarterly; Vol. 12, Issue 2, 2015.
Updated: 2018-05-06