Alumni

Travis Altheide

 Travis Altheide

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2009

Travis graduated with a Ph.D. in space and planetary science in December 2009.  He is a graduate of the Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor's degree in biology.  He is an alumnus of the space center 2004 REU program.  Travis' thesis title was, "Experimental Study of the Stability and Activity of Brines on Mars."  His mentor was Dr. Tim Kral.

 

Dixie Androes

 Dixie Androes  

 

Scott Barrows

 Scott Barrows  

 

Robert Beauford

 Robert Beauford Robert is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he studied archaeology and linguistics. He has pursued a lifelong interest in rocks and minerals as a researcher, collector, and artisan silversmith. Robert is the owner and principal artist at Wildsmith Corporation, a small art and jewelry gallery in Eureka Springs, AR. He is also a science writer and serves as the Co-editor of Meteorite magazine, handles the space science center's Meteorite Identification Program and curates the U. of Arkansas Meteorite collection. Robert is pursuing a PhD with a principal interest in astrogeology. His specific research focuses involve impact evidence preserved in meteorites and terrestrial meteorite impact craters.

 

Lisa Billingsley

 Lisa Billingsley

Masters of Science
Class of 2009

Lisa graduated with a M.S. in space and planetary sciences in May 2007.  Lisa is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.  Lisa's primary research interests were the use of instruments and engineering for possible use on Mars.  Her thesis title was, "The Formation of Gullies on Mars."  Lisa's mentor was Dr. Larry Roe.

 

David Blackburn

 David Blackburn

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2011
 

  

William Bryan

 William Bryan  

 

Shelly Bursick

 Shelly Bursick

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2009

Shelly graduated with a Ph.D. in space and planetary science in May 2009.  She is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a bachelor's degree in physics.  Shelly's thesis title was, "Two Multicolor Surveys for Quasars at Redshifts Greater than 4.5."  Her mentor was Dr. Julia Kennefick.

 

Katie Bryson

 Katie Bryson

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2008

Katie graduated with a Ph.D. in space and planetary science in December 2008.  She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in physics/astronomy.  Katie's thesis title was, "Experimental Study of the Stability of Volatiles on Mars."  Her mentor was Dr. Derek Sears.

 

Julie Chittenden

 Julie Chittenden

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2007

Julie graduated with a Ph.D. in chemistry in May 2007.  She is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.  Julie's thesis title was, "Investigation of the effect of dissolved salts, soil layers, and wind on the evaporation rate of water on Mars."  Her mentor was Dr. Derek Sears.

 

Ahmed El-Shafie

 Ahmed El-Shafie  

 

Patricia Craig

 Patricia Gavin  

 

Amira El Senousy

 Amira El Senousy

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2015

Amira is a PhD student in the Centre of Space and Planetary Science at the University of Arkansas. She graduated from Cairo University with a bachelor's degree in Biological/ Chemistry. She entered the graduate the program in spring 2010. Her research interest is about chemistry of planetary bodies.

 

Kathy Gietzen

 Kathy Gietzen

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2009

Kathy graduated with a Ph.D. in space and planetary science in May 2009.  She is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in physics education.  She also has a Master's degree in math from SMSU.  Kathy's thesis title was, "Target Selection for Asteroid Rendezvous and Sample Return."  Her mentor was Dr. Claud Lacy.


Jennifer Hanley

 Jennifer Hanley  

 

Julia Heydenreich

 Julia Heydenreich

Masters of Science
Class of 2016

Julia is a graduate student in the Space and Planetary Science at the University of Arkansas. She got her Bachelor of Science in Earth and Space Science with a Geology Option at the University of Washington in Spring 2014. Her research interests are with planetary geology, specifically studying fluvial geomorphology of gullies, recurring slope lineae (RSLs) and other fluvial formation features on surface of Mars. She is has been a member of S.P.A.C.E. Hogs since Fall 2014. She enjoys field work and good Mexican food.

 

Adam Hughes

 Adam Hughes

Masters of Science
Class of 2015

Adam is a graduate of Henderson State University with a bachelor of science degree in Physics. He has has worked as an intern with the Radio Science Systems Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Adam entered the graduate program in Fall 2007. He is a member of the Arkansas Galaxy Evolution Survey at the University. His research interest are in Spiral Active Galactic Nuclei Galaxies and the Supermassive Black Holes that power them.

 

Mellisa Jones

 Melissa Jones

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2006

Melissa graduated with a Ph.D. in space and planetary sciences in May 2006.  Melissa is a graduate of Loras College with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.  Melissa's research project focused on the investigation of surface processes on asteroids through laboratory and mission analyses and the development of sample collectors for asteroid sample return.  Her thesis title was, "Investigation of Surface Processes on Asteroids Through Laboratory & Mission Analyses."  Melissa's mentor was Dr. Derek Sears

 

Obadiah Kegege

 Obadiah Kegege

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2009

Obadiah graduated with a Ph.D. in 2009 (Interdisciplinary Research – Space and Planetary Science and Electrical Engineering).  He is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Control and Instrumentation Electronics Design (Summa Cum Laude).  He also has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas Pan American.  Obadiah's dissertation title was, "Design and Verification of Integrated Reconfigurable Driver and Current Sensor for Extreme Space Environments."  His dissertation director was Dr. Alan Mantooth, among an interdisciplinary committee of six mentors/professors.

 

Erika Kohler

 Erika Kohler

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2016

Erika is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in meteorology and minors in astronomy and mathematics. Erika entered the graduate program in Space and Planetary Science in Fall of 2010. Her dissertation focuses on metal condensates in planetary atmospheres, specifically looking at the source of the Venusian radar anomalies and extrasolar atmospheric chemistry. In 2013, she was a recipient of the NASA Harriet G. Jenkins graduate research fellowship and was selected as a 2014 NASA student ambassador. She also co-founded the student outreach organization, S.P.A.C.E Hogs.

 

Adrienn Luspay-Kuti

 Adrienn Luspay-Kuti  

 

Cassie Marnocha

 Cassie Marnocha  

 

Zach McMahon

 Zach McMahon

Masters of Science
Class of 2016

Zachary was a graduate student with the Space and Planetary Sciences Department, graduating with a Masters in Science in the Fall of 2016. His advisor was Dr. Vincient Chevrier. He graduated from Texas A and M University with a Bachelors of Science in Geology in the Summer of 2013. His interests are planetary geology.

 

Shauntae Moore

 Shauntae Moore

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2005

Shauntae Moore graduated with her Ph.D. in chemistry in May 2005.  The title of her thesis was, "Laboratory Studies in Planetary Science and Quantitative Analysis of Evaporation Rates Under Current Martian Conditions."  She now works as an analytical chemist at Bioengineering Resources in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

 

Laurie Nash

 Laurie Nash

Masters of Science
Class of 2006

Laurie Nash graduated with her M.S. in space and planetary sciences in May 2006.  Laurie Nash is a graduate of the State University of New York in Buffalo with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering.  She is employed at the Johnson Space Center in Houston at NASA's Mission Operations Directorate Division "Flight Design & Dynamics".  Laurie's research project focused on rendezvous dynamics.  Her thesis title was, "A survey of optical navigation techniques for autonomous rendezvous & a review of stratospheric ozone depletion studies due to rocket motor exhaust."  Laurie's mentor was Dr. Larry Roe.

 

Daniel Ostrowski

 Daniel Ostrowski

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2010
 

 

Robert Pilgrim

 Robert Pilgrim  

  

Edgard Rivera-Valentin

 Edgard Rivera-Valentin  

 

Fatemeh Sedaghatpour

 Fatemeh Sedaghatpour  

 

Navita Sinha

 Navita Sinha

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2016

Navita is a graduate of Patna University, India, with a bachelor's and a Master's degree in Chemistry. She has spent several years teaching at junior and high schools in India before returning to University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Navita entered the graduate program in space and planetary science in Fall 2010. Her research interests include the possibility of life on other planetary bodies, such as Mars and Enceladus.

  

Henry Turner

 Henry Turner

Doctorate of Philosophy
Class of 2009

Henry graduated with a Ph.D. in space and planetary science in December 2009.  He is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in Geology. He also has a master's degree in Geology from the University of Arkansas.  Henry's thesis title was, "Subduction Zone Dynamics in Obliquely Convergent Margins: Examples from Nicaragua and the Northern Lesser Antilles."  His mentor was Dr. Glen Mattioli.

 

Felix Wasiak

 Felix Waskiak  

  

John Wooldridge
 

 John Wooldridge

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Class of 1997

John graduated from a rural Arkansas high school in 1991 in a class of 21 students.  He received a scholarship from both the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Academy of Mechanical Engineers.  In college, he worked three 6-month cooperative education tours at the Arkansas Nuclear One in Russelleville, Arkansas, performing licensing tasks and fuel failure analuses.  John won a Porter-Stone Award for this work.

John graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1997 with a B.S.M.E. specializing in thermal and fluid system studies.  He joined Swales Aerospace as a thermal systems engineer in early 1998.  Projects worked on include EO-1, Triana, EOS Aura MLS instrument and flight operations for the HEAT payload on STS-IOS and EOS Aqua.