Dr. Qiang Hu

ASSOCIATE Professor, Space Science Department


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.

Dr. Qiang Hu's Curriculum Vitae


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

Classes Taught

Recent Grants & Contracts

  • 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.
  • Investigation of magnetic flux ropes in the inner heliosphere and their solar sources from in-situ and remote-sensing observations (NASA NNH11ZDA001N-HGI) - $357,000.

Honors & Awards

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

Selected Publications

  • 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
  • Chen, Y., *Hu, Q., le Roux, J. 2019, Analysis of Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes Covering the Whole Ulysses Mission, ApJ, 881, 58.
  • Hu, Q., Zheng, J., Chen, Y., le Roux, J., Zhao, L. 2018. Automated Detection of Small-scale Magnetic Flux Ropes in the Solar Wind: First Results from the Wind Spacecraft Measurements. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 239, 12.
  • Zheng, J., and Q. Hu, 2018, Observational evidence for self-generation of small-scale magnetic flux rope from intermittent solar wind turbulence, ApJL, 852:L23.
  • Jiang, C., Feng, X., Hu, Q. 2018. Formation and Eruption of an Active Region Sigmoid. II. Magnetohydrodynamic Simulation of a Multistage Eruption. The Astrophysical Journal 866, 96.
  • Jiang, C., Wu, S.~T., Feng, X., Hu, Q. 2016. Data-driven magnetohydrodynamic modelling of a flux-emerging active region leading to solar eruption. Nature Communications 7, 11522.
  • Godbillon-Vey helicity and magnetic helicity in magnetohydrodynamics, Webb, G. M., Prasad, A., Anco, S. C., Hu, Q. 2019.. Journal of Plasma Physics 85, 775850502.
  • Prasad, A., Bhattacharyya, R., Hu, Q., Kumar, S., Nayak, S.~S. 2018. A Magnetohydrodynamic Simulation of Magnetic Null-point Reconnections in NOAA AR 12192, Initiated with an Extrapolated Non-force-free Field. The Astrophysical Journal 860, 96.
  • Hu, Q. (2017), The Grad-Shafranov Reconstruction of Toroidal Magnetic Flux Ropes: Method Development and Benchmark Studies, Solar Physics, 292:116, DOI 10.1007/s11207-017-1134-z.
  • Hu, Q., M. G. Linton, B. E. Wood, et al., 2017, The Grad-Shafranov reconstruction of toroidal magnetic flux ropes: first applications, Sol. Phys., 292:171, DOI 10.1007/s11207-017-1195-z
  • Hu, Q., J. Qiu, and S. Krucker (2015), Magnetic field line lengths inside interplanetary magnetic flux ropes, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JA021133
  • Hu, Q., J. Qiu, B. Dasgupta, A. Khare, and G. M. Webb, 2014, Structures of Interplanetary Magnetic Flux Ropes and Comparison with Their Solar Sources, The Astrophysical Journal, 793:53 (21pp), 2014 September 20 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/793/1/53
  • A Data-Driven Three-Dimensional Magnetohydrodynamic Simulation Model for a Solar Storm (CME) Initiation, by S T Wu, Yufen Zhou, Chaowei Jiang, Xueshang Feng, Chin-Chun Wu, and Qiang Hu, J. Geophysics Research, 2016.
  • A Comparison Study of a Solar Active-region Eruptive Filament and a Neighboring Non-eruptive Filament, by C W Jiang, S T Wu, X S Feng, Q Hu, Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics 16, 018, 2016.