Dr. Gary Zank

Aerojet-Rocketdyne Chair in Space Science Director of CSPAR, Space Science Eminent Scholar,
Trustee Professor

Contact

320 Sparkman Drive
Cramer Research Hall
Room 2002
Huntsville, AL 35899
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256.961.7401
gary.zank@uah.edu

Biography

Dr. Gary Zank received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Natal in South Africa in 1987. Gary is an Eminent Scholar and Distinguished Professor, Director of Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR), and Chair of the Department of Space Science (SPA) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Gary has been recognized in his field through the receipt of numerous honors and awards throughout his career. In 2017, he was named the University of Alabama Board of Trustees Trustee Professor, the first and only University of Alabama System faculty member to achieve this position. In part, this was in recognition of Dr Zank being elected in 2016 as a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the only person in AL to be a member of this august body.

Dr. Gary Zank received the NASA Silver Achievement Medal, in recognition of the Parker Solar Probe team in November of 2019. He was recognized internationally in 2015 with the AOGS Axford Medal, the highest honor given by the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS). Other awards include his being a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2017, he was also elected an AOGS Honorary Member and was chosen by the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) to be the 2017 Johannes Geiss Fellow. One of his publications has been recognized as one of the twelve "classic papers" ever published in the Journal of Plasma Physics. Gary is dedicated to his research, which is clearly represented in his achievements over the years and categorizes him as a cutting-edge leader in the world of space physics.

Dr. Gary Zank's Curriculum Vitae


Education

  • Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, University of Natal, South Africa, 1987
  • BSc. Honors, Applied Mathematics, University of Natal, South Africa, 1983
  • BSc., Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, and Physics, University of Natal, South Africa, 1982

Honors & Awards

  • Commencement Speaker, University of Alabama in Huntsville Fall 2019 Commencement, Von Braun Center, December 16, 2019
  • NASA Silver Achievement Medal, In recognition of the Parker Solar Probe team, November 2019.
  • Distinguished Scientist Fellow, Chinese Academy of Science President's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) 2019, October 2019.
  • Distinguished Speaker, NSF Distinguished Lecture Series in Mathematical and Physical Sciences, September, 2019, Washington, DC
  • Director's Colloquium, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, January 2019.
  • 2018 AAS Neil Armstrong Space Flight Achievement Award - Awarded to the Parker Solar Probe team, of which GPZ is a co-Investigator on the SWEAP instrument, March 2019.
  • Johannes Geiss Fellowship - 2017 recipient of the International Space Science Institute's Johannes Geiss Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded annually and provides one international scientist of stature with funding for a limited-duration visit to the Institute, which is located in Bern, Switzerland.
  • Asia, Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)Honorary Member - elected 2017
  • Aerojet/Rocketdyne Chair in Space Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville [2017]
  • University of Alabama Board of Trustees Trustee Professor, the first and only University of Alabama System faculty member on whom this position conferred [2017]

Research Funding

  • Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) Investigation for Solar Probe Plus (735274) Role: PI Source: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory SV4-84017 (Johns Hopkins #975569) Period: 3/15/2014 - 9/30/2025 Amount: $574,781
  • Supporting Science for the Interstellar Boundary (IBEX) (735350) Role: PI Program: Princeton University SUB0000167 (NASA - 80NSSC18K0237 Period: 10/1/2016 - 11/30/2020 Amount: $157,000
  • RII-Track-1: CPU2AL: Connecting the Plasma Universe Technology in AL (735354) Role: PI Program: NSF EPSCoR OIA - 1655280 Period: 09/01/2017 - 08/31/2022 Amount: $20,000,000
  • Collaborative Research: Turbulence, Structures, and Diffusive Shock Acceleration (735355) Role: PI Program: NSF DOE PHY - 1707247 Period: 08/01/2017 - 07/31/2021 Amount: $300,000

Expertise

  • Interplanetary space physics
  • Physics of the solar corona
  • Physics of the local interstellar medium
  • Interaction of non magnetized bodies with the solar wind

Recent Publications

  • 17th Annual International Astrophysics Conference: "Dissipative and Heating Processes in Collisionless Plasma: the Solar Corona, the Solar Wind, and the Interstellar Medium", Proceedings of the 17th Annual International Astrophysics Conference held at Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 5–9 March 2018, Open Access Journal of Physics: Conference Series (JPCS), 1100, doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1100/1, edited by G.P. Zank (2018).

  • Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows Astronum-2017: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference Held in Panama City, FL, 25-29 June, 2018, Open Access Journal of Physics: Conference Series, vol. 1225, editors Nikolai V. Pogorelov, Edouard Audit, Gary P. Zank(2019).

  • 18th Annual International Astrophysics Conference: "The Physics of Energetic Particles: Universal Processes from the Solar Corona to the Very Local Interstellar Medium and the Physics they Enable," Proceedings of the 18th Annual International Astrophysics Conference held in Pasadena, California, USA, 18–22 February 2019, Open Access Journal of Physics: Conference Series (JPCS), 1100, doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1332/1, edited by G.P. Zank (2019).

  • 19th Annual International Astrophysics Conference: "From the Sun's Atmosphere to the Edge of the Galaxy: A Story of Connections," Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Astrophysics Conference held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 9 –13 March, 2020, Open Access Journal of Physics: Conference Series (JPCS), doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1620/1/, edited by G.P. Zank (2020).

  • 16th Annual International Astrophysics Conference: "Turbulence, Structures, and Particle Acceleration Throughout the Heliosphere and Beyond", Proceedings of the 16th Annual International Astrophysics Conference held at Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 6–10 March 2017, Open Access Journal of Physics: Conference Series (JPCS), 900, 012023, doi:10.1088/1742-6596/900/1/012023, edited by G.P. Zank (2017).

  • The Physics of the Outer Heliosphere, G.P. Zank, Monograph, in press, Springer-Verlag, 2020.

  • Transport Processes in Space Physics and Astrophysics: Problems and Solutions, A. Dosch and G.P. Zank, Lecture Notes in Physics, 918, Springer New York, ISBN-10:3319248782, 2016.

  • Solar Wind 14: Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Solar Wind Conference, Weihai, China 2015, AIP Conference Proceedings vol. 1720, editors Linghua Wang, Roberto Bruno, Eberhard Moebius, Angelos Vourlidas, an Gary Zank, 2016.

  • 15th Annual International Astrophysics Conference: "The Science of Ed Stone: Celebrating his 80th Birthday", Proceedings of the 15th Annual International Astrophysics Conference held at Cape Coral, Florida, USA, 3–8 April 2016, Open Access Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 767(2016) 01100, doi:10.1088/1742-6596/767/1/011001, edited by G.P. Zank (2016).

  • Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows Astronum-2015: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference Heldin Avignon, France, JUNE, 2015, Open Access Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 719, editors Nikolai V. Pogorelov, Edouard Audit, Gary P. Zank(2016).