Qiang Hu, Ph.D.

Professor, CSPAR


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Dr. Qiang Hu has over 20 years experience in space plasma environment research, specializing in spacecraft data analysis and numerical modeling. He has over 100 publications. He has been awarded a number of NASA and NSF grants on studying the interplanetary magnetic and plasma structures, and the magnetic field structures of the solar atmosphere. He is a Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU; since 1999) and an Affiliate Member of American Astronomical Society/Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD). Dr. Hu was appointed the Associate Editor of Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics in June 2014, and the US Science Discipline Representative to SCOSTEP/ICSU (International Council for Science) in June 2015.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Engineering Sciences with emphasis on Space Physics, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 2001
  • M.S., Space Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997
  • B.S., Space Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, 1994

Honors & Awards

  • NASA Silver Achievement Medal to Parker Solar Probe Team, August 2019

Research Funding

  • Hu, Qiang (PI), Magnetic Reconnection and its Implications for Fast Reconnection Onset in Solar Flares and Magnetopause (2020-097/20050401), $946,643, NASA LWS, 10/01/2020 - 09/30/2024.
  • Hu, Qiang (PI), Collaborative Research: Investigation of Dynamic and Non-Force-Free Nature of Solar Active Regions and Consequent Initiation of Flares (2019-823), $238,970, NSF AGS, 4/1/2020 - 3/31/2023.
  • Hu, Q. (PI), Targeted research for the DKIST: Topology and dynamic evolution of solar active region magnetic field, $59,867, National Solar Observatory (NSO/NSF), 24 mo. (FY2019-2020).
  • Hu, Q. (PI), Identification and characterization of small-scale magnetic flux ropes, NASA/HGI, 80NSSC19K0276, $466,687.00 (February 15, 2019 - February 14, 2022).
  • Hu, Q. (Institutional PI), "Initiation and acceleration of coronal mass ejections in the solar corona", MSU (NASA/HGI, 80NSSC18K0623), $68,724, May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2021.
  • Hu, Q. (Co-Principal), "The Solar Probe Plus Phase C/D/E Activities of the SWEAP Investigation," Sponsored by SAO, Federal, $128,157.00. (March 15, 2014 - Present).
  • Hu, Q. (Principal), "Data-constrained, data-driven and laboratory-tested MHD simulations to understand successful and failed solar eruptions", NJIT (NASA HGCR), $262,709, July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020.
  • Hu, Q. (Principal), "Why do active regions erupt? Modeling of the active region from pre-eruptive processes", NSF STR - AGS 1650854, $385,866, August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2020.
  • Non-force free extrapolation of coronal magnetic field from vector magnetograms (NASA) - $323,282.
  • Analysis of solar active region energetics based on non-force-free coronal magnetic field (NSF SHINE) - $368,071.


  • Spacecraft data analysis of transient structures in space plasma environment
  • Solar coronal magnetic field modeling
  • Turbulence properties of the solar wind and in-situ magnetic field data analysis
  • Interconnection between large-scale magnetic structures at Earth orbit and their solar sources

Recent Publications

  • Hu, Q., W. He, J. Qiu, A. Vourlidas, and C. Zhu, 2020, On the quasi-three dimensional configuration of magnetic clouds, Geophys. Res. Letts, doi: 10.1029/2020GL090630.

  • Y. Chen and Q. Hu, 2020, Effects of Radial Distances on Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes in the Solar Wind, Astrophys. J., 894, 25,

  • Y. Chen, Q. Hu, L.-L. Zhao, J. C. Kasper, S. D. Bale, K. E. Korreck, A. W. Case, M. L. Stevens, J. W. Bonnell et al., 2020, Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes in the First Two Parker Solar Probe Encounters, Astrophys. J., 903, 76,

  • Chen, Y., Hu, Q., le Roux, J. 2019, Analysis of Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes Covering the Whole Ulysses Mission, ApJ, 881, 58.

  • Prasad, A. Dissauer, K, Hu, Q., and 4 colleagues 2020. Magnetohydrodynamic Simulation of Magnetic Null-point Reconnections and Coronal Dimmings during the X2.1 Flare in NOAA AR 11283. The Astrophysical Journal 903. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/abb8d2

  • Kasper, J.~C., and 40 colleagues 2019. Alfvénic velocity spikes and rotational flows in the near-Sun solar wind.\ Nature 576, 228.

  • Identification of Magnetic Flux Ropes from Parker Solar Probe Observations during the First Encounter, Zhao, L. L., Zank, G. P., Adhikari, L., Hu, Q., et al., 2020, ApJS, 246:26

  • Analysis of Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes Covering the Whole Ulysses Mission, Yu Chen, Qiang Hu, and Jakobus A. le Roux, The Astrophysical Journal,881:58(16pp), 2019

  • Chen, Y., Hu, Q. 2020. Effects of Radial Distances on Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes in the Solar Wind. The Astrophysical Journal 894, 25.

  • Single spacecraft identification of flux tubes and current sheets in the solar wind, F. Pecora, A. Greco, Q. Hu, et al., The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 881:L11 (6pp), 2019 August 10