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


Daniel Brandt
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Daniel Brandt

Doctoral Student

Office: 1417 SRB


B.A. Physics, Case Western Reserve University (2016)

M.S. Atmospheric and Space Sciences, University of Michigan (2018)


I am a doctoral student student working under Dr. Aaron Ridley. While obtaining a B.A. in Physics and minor in Astronomy from Case Western Reserve University, I worked for the High Energy Astrophysics Group (HEA) in the Department of Physics, where I tested the efficacy of time-tagging devices for cosmic ray events under Dr. Corbin Covault. I also conducted research on the diffuse gas around star-forming spiral galaxies as an NSF-funded REU student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, under Dr. J. X. Prochaska.

Under Dr. Ridley, I study the dynamical impact of solar energy input into the thermosphere and ionosphere on the trajectory alterations and the probability of collision of LEO satellites, particularly within the context of geomagnetic storms.

I am interested in the overlap between science and engineering, specifically as it relates to the design, building, and testing of spacecraft, and the development of space missions focused on atmospheric and near-Earth space environment research.

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Satellite Design
  • Spacecraft Systems Engineering
  • Space Instrumentation
  • Near-Earth Space Environment
  • Atmospheric Physics

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

University of Michigan


  • Rackham Merit Fellowship


M. Aglietta, P.S. Allison, R. Assiro, J.J. Beatty, K-H. Becker, C. Berat, J. Bouvier, D.A. Brandt, P. Buchholz, C.E. Covault, P. Creti, B.E. Fick, M. Gajardo, S. Gallian, J.P. Gongora, R.P. Halliday, M. Kleifges, E. Lagorio, L. Latronico, H. Lebbolo, S. Maldera, G. Marsella, C. Morello, D.F. Nitz, R. Sato, R.E. Sobin, P. Stassi, T. Suomijärvi, Z. Szadkowski, T. Nguyen Trung, and A. Zampieri, "New electronics for the surface detectors of the Pierre Auger Observatory", Proceedings of Science, ICRC2015, 565 (2015).

Updated: 2019-01-20