Mountains and Minds - Read about the history of the solar physics group and the people who made it what is is today

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The MSU Solar Physics group was featured in the fall 2010 issue of Mountains & Minds, Montana State University's magazine. Read about the history of the solar physics group and the people who made it what is is today. 

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Meet MSU Solar Physics

Solar Physics Faculty

Angela Desjardins

Angela Des Jardins, Ph.D.

Director of Montana Space Grant Consortium

Office: 413 Cobleigh Hall
 (406) 994-6172

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Rachael Fitwett

Rachael Filwett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Phone: (406) 994–6173

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Charles Kankelborg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office:Barnard Hall 260C 
(406) 994-7853 
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David M. Klumpar, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Director of Space, Science & Engineering Lab

Office: Cobleigh 419
(406) 994-6169

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Dana Longcope, Ph.D.

Office: Barnard Hall Room 260D

Phone: (406) 994-7851 
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Eric Priest, Ph.D.

Affiliate Professor

Office: St. Andrews University, St. Andrews, Scotland
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  • Hale Prize for lifetime achievement in solar physics, 2002
  • Fellow of the Royal Society
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Jiong Qiu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Barnard Hall Room 221
Phone: (406) 994-7253
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John Sample

John Sample,  Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Office: Barnard Hall Room 222
Phone: (406) 994-1693
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Larry Springer

Senior Research Engineer

Office: Cobleigh 418
Phone: (406)-994-6012

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Aki Takeda, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Office: Barnard Hall Room 256
Phone: (406) 994-7848
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Keiji Yoshimura, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Office: Barnard Hall Room 260B
Phone: (406) 994-7848
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Chunming Zhu

Chunming Zhu, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Office: Barnard Hall 260A

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Solar Physics Graduate Students

  • Dillon Anderson
  • Shane Atwood
  • Catharine Bunn
  • Eric Engel
  • Rhiannon Fleming
  • Nick Freeland
  • Drake Osaben
  • Suman Panda
  • Michael Prazak
  • Spencer Riley
  • Arch Robison
  • Roy Smart
  • Wyatt Wetzel

Solar Physics Alumni

Dr. Loren Acton 2019 Retired
Dr. Will Ashfield 2022  
Dr. Sean Brannon 2016 Physics, Montana State University
Dr. Richard Canfield 2009 Retired
Dr. Jonathan Cirtain*
  PECASE Award, 2011
2005 Vice President and CTO of BWX Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Hans Courrier 2020 Resonon in Bozeman, MT
Dr. Angela Des Jardins 2007 Director, Montana Space Grant Consortium
Dr. Ricky Egeland 2017 NASA Johnson Space Center
Dr. J. Lewis Fox 2011 Radiation oncologist
Dr. Michael Freed 2015 Radford University
Dr. Silvina Guidoni 2011 American University
Dr. Brian Handy 1999  
Dr. Arlo Johnson 2022  
Dr. Maria Kazachenko 2010 University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Adam Kobelski 2014 NASA GSFC
Dr. Reyann Larkey (Joiner) 2022  
Dr. Brian Larsen 2007 Technical Staff Member, 
Los Alamos National Lab
Dr. Wenjuan Liu 2014 Post Doc, Czech Republic
Dr. Chris Lowder 2015 SouthWest Research Institute
Dr. Anna Malanushenko 2010 High Altitude Observatory
Dr. Marika McCarthy 2021 Bay Area Environmental Research Institute
Dr. Andrés Muñoz-Jaramillo 2010 SouthWest Research Institute
Dr. Jake Parker 2021 Researcher, NASA GSFC
Dr. Tom Rust 2017 OpTeC, Montana State University
Dr. Sabrina Savage 2010 Deputy Project Scientist, NASA MSFC
Dr. Jason Scott 2012  
Dr. Roger Scott 2016 Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Mike Shumko 2019 NASA GSFC
Dr. Lucas Tarr 2013 National Solar Observatory
Dr. John Unverferth 2020 Naval Research Lab
Dr. Mark Weber 1999 Astrophysicist, Harvard CfA
Dr. Brian Welsch*
  Karen Harvey Award
2002 Research Scientist, UC Berkeley
Dr. Meredith Wills-Davey 2003  
Dr. Henry (Trae) Winter 2009 Arisa Lab


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