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


Susan Lepri

Susan T. Lepri

Associate Professor

Phone: 4105753774
Fax: (734) 615-9723
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Ph.D., Atmospheric and Space Sciences, University of Michigan M.S., Atmospheric and Space Sciences, University of Michigan B.S., Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Michigan


My research centers around topics in heliosphyics which include determining the sources of the solar wind, unraveling the physics of coronal mass ejections, and tracing dust and gas particles to their sources and acceleration mechanisms in the heliosphere.  In addition to conducting research and maximizing the scientific return of data sets from operational spacecraft including ACE and WIND, I also lead a team of scientists and engineers at the University of Michigan in the development of portions of the Heavy Ion Sensor (HIS) which will be launched onboard the European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter mission in 2017.  HIS will measure the chemical composition of the solar wind in the inner heliosphere for the first time.   

Personal Introduction

I was born and raised in Michigan and came to the University of Michigan as an undergraduate.  I became involved in astrophysics research as an undergraduate and continue to remain actively involved in heliophysics research at the University.   In addition to teaching and conducting research, I enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with my two children!

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Statistical, trend, error analysis, and interpretation of solar wind composition data and magnetic field data
  • Magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) model validation of space plasmas with observational data
  • Co-Investigator: Constraining Solar Wind
  • Co-Investigator: Ionic Charge States

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • University of Michigan College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award
  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowship
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Conference
  • College of Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Professional Service

  • Leader of education and public outreach efforts for Solar and Heliospheric Research Group
  • Supervisor and mentor for graduate and undergraduate students
  • Coordinator of K-12 Outreach Program for the Michigan Space Grant Consortium
  • Coordinator for the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program for underrepresented students, grades 6-8
  • Women in Science and Engineering, Graduate Student Peer Advisor
Updated: 2016-01-07