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


Andrew Nagy
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Andrew Nagy

Professor Emeritus, AOSS and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Phone: (734) 764-6592
Fax: (734) 763-0437


Ph.D., University of Michigan

M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska


Studies of the upper atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere of the Earth and other solar system bodies

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Ionospheres of Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Europa, Io & Titan
  • Comparative Planetology
  • MHD modeling of the solar wind — planetary interaction
  • Low energy plasmas in the Earth's magnetosphere

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • Former U-M Associate Vice President for Research
  • Former Interim Director, Space Physics Research Laboratory
  • Interdisciplinary Scientist, Pioneer Venus 14-year+ mission, which provided continuous observations of the atmosphere, ionosphere and solar wind interaction at Venus
  • Interdisciplinary Scientist, Dynamics Explorer mission, which provided valuable observations of the terrestrial upper atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere
  • Co-investigator numerous plasma and neutral gas experiments on NASA and international missions, most recently on POLAR spacecraft orbiting Earth, Nazomi mission to Mars and Cassini mission to Saturn
  • Authored or co-authored 200+ publications in refereed journals
  • Speaker at 200+ scientific lectures/seminars
  • Pioneer, rocket-borne instrumentation development to sample charged particle environment in the ionosphere
  • Participant, development and testing of first ground-based Fabry-Perot interferometer to measure the 6300 Doppler-temperature of atomic oxygen during the occurrence of sub-auroral red (SAR) arcs
  • Participant, development of early theories describing the diurnal and magnetic storm associated flows of plasma at mid-latitudes
  • With colleagues, developed unique numerical modeling technique to study aeronomical effects of charge particle transport in the upper atmosphere. These versatile techniques are so powerful that they have since been applied to such diverse subjects as the earth's ionosphere and auroras, the ionospheres of the inner and outer planets, auroras on Jupiter and Saturn, cometary environments, and heavy ion precipitation. Also, due to the relative simplicity of the techniques, they have been adapted to form part of more complex numerical models of the ionosphere - thermosphere - atmosphere system being developed today.

Professional Service

  • Chair or member, 37 national and international committees, subcommittees or working groups for NASA, NSF, National Academy of Sciences, COSPAR and IAGA
  • Chief editor & associate editor, Reviews of Geophysics and Space Physics, Geophysical Research Letters
  • Associate editor, Journal of Geophysical Research
  • Recipient, NASA Public Service Award
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • Member, International Academy of Astronautics
  • Member, Hungarian Academy of Science
Updated: 2014-04-04