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CLaSP CSEM team Receives Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award

The goal of the Center for Space Environment Modeling (CSEM) is to develop high-performance, first-principles based computational models to describe and predict hazardous conditions in the near-earth space environment extending from the sun to the ionosphere, called space weather.| Short Read

Twelve Climate & Space researchers who work in the Center for Space Environment Modeling (CSEM) have received the 2019 Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award from the College of Engineering. These members include CSEM Director Prof. Tamas Gombosi, Assoc. Research Scientist Darren De Zeeuw, Assoc. Research Scientist Natalia Ganjushkina, Assoc. Prof. Xianzhe Jia, Prof. Michael Liemohn, Research Prof. Ward Manchester, Prof. Aaron Ridley, Research Scientist Igor Sokolov, Assoc. Research Scientist Valeriy Tenishev, Research Prof. Gabor Toth, Assoc. Research Scientist Bart van der Holst, and Assoc. Prof. Shasha Zou.

The Center for Space Environment Modeling (CSEM) is an interdisciplinary research organization of the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. CSEM is comprised of a tightly integrated group of faculty, students and staff from the Departments of Aerospace EngineeringClimate and Space Sciences and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The overall goal of CSEM is to develop high-performance, first-principles based computational models to describe and predict hazardous conditions in the near-earth space environment extending from the sun to the ionosphere, called space weather. In order to achieve predictive capability, the models must run considerably faster than real time on mid-size parallel computers.

The center’s research has contributed to several high-profile NASA space missions over the years, including Cassini/HuygensMessengerSTEREO, and Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) among others. CSEM’s work has also played a role in the ESA Rosetta mission, as well as Geotail, a joint project between the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

CSEM is administered through the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering.

The Director of CSEM is Professor Tamas Gombosi of the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. He is assisted by co-directors Kenneth Powell of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Quentin Stout of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Congratulations CSEM team! 

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