Fall 2019 PhD recipients

Congratulations to our new Climate & Space PhDs!

Three CLASP graduate students earned their doctoral degrees this past fall.


Three more CLASP students have successfully defended their doctoral dissertations this past fall. Congratulations, Doctors!

  • Dr. Yi-Hsuan Chen
    Defense Date: 11/22/2019
    Dissertation Title: Influences of Surface Spectral Emissivity and Cloud Longwave Scattering on Climate Simulations
    Faculty Advisor: Asst. Prof. Xianglei Huang
    Dr. Chen is seeking a postdoc position.  After he finishes his postdoc, he plans to find a faculty position in Taiwan.
  • Dr. Mojtaba Akhavan-Tafti
    Defense Date: 11/25/2019
    Dissertation Title: Evolution of Flux Transfer Events at the Magnetopause: MMS Observations and Global Hybrid-Vlasov Simulations
    Faculty Advisor: Prof. James Slavin
    Dr. Akhavan-Tafti has accepted a joint-appointment post-doctoral fellowship here at Climate & Space and the Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas (LPP) at École Polytechnique, France. His research will focus on solar wind and magnetic reconnection drivings of interplanetary and planetary dynamics, using spacecraft observations and global simulations
  • Dr. Daniel Vech
    Defense Date: 11/26/2019
    Dissertation Title: Transition of Solar Wind Turbulence from MHD to Kinetic Scales
    Faculty Advisor: Prof. Justin Kasper
    In January, Dr. Vech will join the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU Boulder as a postdoctoral researcher. His primary duty will be to study kinetic scale physics and wave-particle interaction with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe data.

Congratulations, Doctors!

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