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

FACULTY


Aaron Ridley
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Aaron Ridley

Professor

Program: Faculty Advisor for College of Engineering Honors Program

Concentration: Space Weather

Office: 1416 Space Research Building
Phone: (734) 764-5727
Fax: (734) 647-3083
Email: ridley@umich.edu
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Education

Ph.D., M.S.,Atmospheric & Space Sciences, University of Michigan

B.S., Physics, Eastern Michigan University

Research

Magnetosphere - Ionosphere Coupling
Thermospheric and Ionosphere Dynamics
Modeling of the near-Earth space environment
Data assimilation
Geospace data analysis

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Modeling of the near-Earth space environment. I have worked with and have developed many different models of the upper atmosphere and magnetosphere. I am the creator of the Global Ionosphere Thermosphere Model, which is a large model that allows us to simulate the near-Earth space environment.  This is basically the region of space in which low-Earth orbiting satellites traverse.  Models such as GITM are used to explore how this environment reacts to energy into from the sun and the aurora.
  • The CYGNSS satellite mission.  I am the Constellation Scientist for CYGNSS, which is launch in October, 2016, and will measure the wind speeds over the oceans in the tropics.  CYGNSS is a constellation of 8 satellites, and is described here.
  • Small satellites. Working with Professor James Cutler, I have won a grant to launch a CubeSat called CADRE, which will measure the state of the upper atmosphere. This satellite will be deployed from the International Space Station in the middle of March, 2016.  I am also PI of a satellite for the QB50 mission, called Atlantis. This satellite will almost measure the upper atmosphere, but with 40 other satellites.
  • I teach a variety of classes including Rocket Science 101, Introduction to Computer Programming (Eng 101), The Upper Atmosphere and Ionosphere, NanoSatellite Design, and Space Instrumentation. 

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

Awards:

  • University of Michigans College of Engineering Monroe-Brown Foundation Education Excellence Award, 2012. 
  • Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Research, Most Cited Paper 2005-2010.
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, 2006.
  • University of Michigans College of Engineering Outstanding Research Scientist Award, 2004.
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research High Altitude Observatorys Newkirk Fellowship, 1996.

Accomplishments:

  • Principal investigator/Co-Investigator, several research grants, NSF, NASA, NOAA and Department of Defense
  • Author or co-author, 150+ publications in refereed journals
  • Speaker, 200+ scientific lectures/seminars

Professional Service

Major committee assignments in the Department, College, and/or University

1. Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Qualification Exam Co-Chair(2012- 2013)

2. Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Executive Committee (2011-2013)

3. Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Nominations Committee (2012)

4. College of Engineering Commission on Undergraduate Engineering Education (2008-2009)

5. Organization of student labs for the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
(2007-2008)

6. Assisted in the creation of a College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Design Minor (2007)

7. College of Engineering Research Strategy Committee (2007)

8. Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Information Technology Committee
(2006-)

9. Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Core Curriculum Committee (2006-
2008)

10. Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Awards Committee (2004-2005)

11. Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Graduate Committee (2004-2005)

12. Assisted in the restructuring of the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences
graduate program (2003)

13. Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Executive Committee (2002-2004)

Administrative duties at U of M

1. Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Undergraduate Advisor (2006-)

2. Faculty advisor for the College of Engineering Honors Program (2012-)


Service to government or professional organizations, and service on review board/study panels

1. Committee on Solar and Space Physics (2012-)

2. CEDAR Science Steering Committee (2012-2015)

3. Secretary for the American Geophysical Union Space Physics and Aeronomy, Magnetospheric Physics section (2010-2012)

4. National Science Foundation Review Board for the High Altitude Observatory (2011)

5. Member of the Steering Group for the European CubeSat mission QB50 (2011)

6. Working group co-chair for the NCAR Community Climate Model (2008-2010)

7. Organization of the ionosphere-thermosphere community to support space-based and ground- based research (2007-2010)

8. NOAA Data Archive Access Requirements Working Group (2006-2007)

9. NASA Sun Solar System Connections Science Data and Computing Working Group (2003-)

10. Geospace Environment Modeling Steering Committee (2002-2006)

11. Co-leader of the international organization ICESTAR (2004)

12. “Geophysics the Future” Working Group for International Union of Geodicy and Geophysics (2002-2003)

Publications

Professor Ridley’s blog:  http://aaronridley.wordpress.com/

Another blog (Rocket Science): http://therocketscienceblog.wordpress.com/

Professor Ridley's photography: aaronjridley.smugmug.com

Professor Ridley's podcast: http://www.xandwhy.xyz/

Updated: 2016-10-26