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


Patrick Tracy

Patrick Tracy

Office: 2134C
Phone: (320) 282-3959


PhD candidate (Space Sciences) - University of Michigan (2012-present)

Bachelor of Science (Aerospace Engineering) - University of Minnesota (2008-2012)


My current research focuses on the planetary bow shock created by the interaction of the solar wind plasma with a planetary magnetic field.  Specifically, I explore this interaction by utilizing data from the plasma spectrometer onboard NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, currently orbiting the planet Mercury.  Of particular interest is the foreshock plasma environment at Mercury.

Additionally, I am interested in heavy ion kinetics observed in the solar wind.  I primarily use the ACE/SWICS instrument situated at the L1 gravitational balance point of the Earth-Sun system.

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

Selected for NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship 2013

Recipient of the College of Engineering Fellowship (University of Michigan)

Updated: 2016-11-16