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


Kenneth Hansen
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Kenneth C Hansen

Research Associate Professor

Phone: (734) 764-8327
Fax: (734) 747-3083


Ph.D., Space and Planetary Physics, University of Michigan

M.S., B.S., Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University


Magnetohydrodynamic simulations of comets and the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Continued study of the dynamics of the Jovian system
  • Numerical modeling of the coupled Saturn-Titan system with application to mission planning for the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn
  • Continued study of comets, including the effects of strong neutral jets on the topology of cometary environments
  • Development of improved numerical methods for calculating the distribution of multi-species cometary ions and solar wind high charge state ions and the x-ray production resulting from their charge exchange with cometary neutrals
  • Participant in the development of a Space Weather Framework which will simulate the space environment starting at the solar surface and continuing to the Earth's upper atmosphere
  • Continued collaboration on understanding the Earth's paleomagnetosphere

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • College of Engineering Outstanding Research Scientist Award, University of Michigan
  • Ralph Baldwin Prize in Astrophysics and Space Sciences for excellence in research activities, PhD thesis and publications, University of Michigan
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, Space and Planetary Physics, University of Michigan
  • Participant, Magnetospheric and Plasma Science (MAPS) interdisciplinary science team, Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn
  • Leading development of Key Parameter database of data to be collected by Cassini fields and particles instruments

Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Division for Planetary Sciences, American Astronomical Society
  • Reviewer, Journal of Geophysical Research, Advances in Space Research
  • Reviewer, NASA Geospace Sciences Supporting Research and Technology Program (Geospace SR&T)
  • Former Review Panel Member, NASA Geospace SR&T
Updated: 2014-08-25