Chat from the Old Cap: Dr. Craig Kletzing

Join Dr. Craig Kletzing, a professor in physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa who is principal investigator for the UI’s latest NASA mission.

Landing the largest research award in the university’s history, he will discuss the Tandem Reconnection and Cusp Electrodynamics Reconnaissance Satellites (TRACERS) mission that will launch in 2023. The mission is part of a larger initiative, NASA’s Explorers Program, which is studying how the sun affects space and the space environment around planets.  

Kletzing is leading a team at Iowa that is developing two scientific instruments that will be used in twin satellites for the TRACERS mission. The space plasma experimentalist is also serving on three other NASA missions and has worked on projects regarding space weather, the aurora borealis, and the Van Allen radiation belts.

Dr. Nick Rolston (14BS), whose research focuses on the use of low-cost printable semiconductors to manufacture solar panels, will host the event.

Registration is required and space is limited for this event.


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