Nishtha Sachdeva

Nishtha Sachdeva

Assistant Research Scientist


1429 Climate & Space Research Building 2455 Hayward Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143

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Curriculum vitae


  • Ph.D. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India, 2018. Thesis: ” Dynamics of solar Coronal Mass Ejections: forces that impact their propagation”.
  • M.Sc. Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India, 2012.
  • B.Sc. Physics, Hindu College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India, 2010.


  • Assistant Research Scientist, CLASP, University of Michigan, 2021 – present
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CLASP, University of Michigan, 2018 – 2021

Professional Service

  • Member, European Geosciences Union
  • Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Abstract Judge, Engineering Graduate Symposium, University of Michigan, 2018
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Young Astronomers’ Meet, PRL, Ahmedabad, India, 2018

Research Interests

  • Space weather modeling and predictions
  • Dynamics of solar Coronal Mass Ejections
  • Solar corona and CME modeling
  • Data analysis


  • World of Physics (Classical Mechanics)  – BS-MS 2nd year
  • Advanced Statistical Mechanics- BS-MS 3rd year
  • Physics Lab 1 – BS-Ms 1st year
  • Interdisciplinary course on Mathematical Methods – BS-MS 1st year
  • Fluid Dynamics – BS-MS 3rd year


  • Best Poster Award by Indian Academy of Sciences at 35th Astronomical Society of India Meeting 2017, Jaipur, India
  • Recipient of ERASMUS-MUNDUS fellowship under the NAMASTE-EU program for six months between Sept. 2015-March 2016 at University of Goettingen, Germany in collaboration with Dr. Volker Bothmer


  • “Simulating Solar Maximum conditions using the Alfven Wave Solar atmosphere Model,” Sachdeva, N., Toth, G., Manchester, W. B., et al. 2021 (in press) ((DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ac307c)
  • “Improving AWSoM based on Parker Solar Probe data,” van der Holst, B., Huang, J, Sachdeva, N., et al. 2021 (in press)
  • “What Sustained Multi-Disciplinary Research can Achieve: The Space Weather Modeling Framework,” Gombosi, T, Chen, Y., Glocer, A., Huang, Z., Manchester, W. B., Sachdeva, N. et al., 2021, JSWSC, 11 (DOI: 10.1051/swsc/2021020)
  • “Deriving CME Density From Remote Sensing Data and Comparison to In‐Situ Measurements,” Temmer, M. , Holzknecht, L., Dumbovic, M.,  Vrsnak, B. , Sachdeva, N,et al. 2020, JGR Space Physics, Volume 126, Issue 1 (DOI: 10.1029/2020JA028380)
  • “Thermodynamic Structure of the Solar Corona: Tomographic Reconstructions and MHD Modeling,” Lloveras, D. G., Vasquez, A. M., Nuevo, F. A., Mac Cormack, C., Sachdeva, N. et al. 2020, Solar Physics, Volume 295, Issue 6, article id.76 (DOI: 10.1007/s11207-020-01641-z)
  • “Validation of the Alfven Wave Solar Atmosphere Model (AWSoM) with Observations from the Low Corona to 1 AU,” Sachdeva, N. , van der Holst, B, Manchester, W. B., Toth, G., Chen, Y., et al. 2019, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 887, Issue 1, article id. 83 (DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab4f5e)
  • “Episodic Jets from Black Hole Accretion Disks,” Shende, M., Subramanian, P.,  Sachdeva, N.  2019, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 877, Issue 2, article id. 130 (DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab1cb6 )
  •  “CME dynamics using STEREO and LASCO observations: The relative importance of Lorentz Forces and Solar wind drag,” Sachdeva, N., Subramanian, P., Vourlidas, A., Bothmer, V.  2017, Solar Physics, 292, 118 (DOI: 10.1007/s11207-017-1137-9)
  • “CME propagation – where does aerodynamic drag “take over?” Sachdeva, N., Subramanian, P., Colaninno, R.,  Vourlidas, A.  2015, The Astrophysical Journal, 809, 158 (DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/809/2/158)

Oral Presentations:

  •  3rd SWMF User Meeting, 4-6 March, 2019, CLASP,  Ann Arbor, Michigan, US
  • 36th  Astronomical Society of India Meeting, 5-9 February, 2018 at Osmania University, India
  • International Study of Earth-Affecting Solar Transients Workshop, 18-22 September, 2017, Jeju, South Korea
  • 14th Annual Meeting of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, 6-11 August, 2017, Singapore
  • 33rd Astronomical Society of India Meeting, 17-20 February, 2015 at NCRA, India

Poster Presentations:

  • 35th Astronomical Society of India Meeting, 06-10 March, 2017, Jaipur, India
  • 34th Astronomical Society of India Meeting, 11-13 May, 2016 at University of Srinagar, India
  • Conference on “Coupling and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere”, 10-14 November, 2014 at IUCAA, Pune, India
  • 32nd Astronomical Society of India Meeting, 20-22 March, 2014 at IISER, Mohali, India