Objective: Instrumentation and test platform specialist pursuing opportunities to utilize my years of R&D, organization and leadership experience within NASA and academia to advance and support high-profile projects to meet a company’s scientific or technological goals. Seeking positions for 2017/18.
Summary: Professional with a multifaceted career in research, administration and academia, including:
- Leadership and technical skills in instrument prototyping and testing
- Talent as a liaison between scientists and engineers on high-profile space platform projects
- Years of experience in public speaking, outreach and teaching at the University level
Technical Research and Leadership Experience
Researcher, University of Michigan (1997-2005):
Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) Mission (Co-Investigator):
NASA Phase A Project Manager, Energetic Time-of-Flight (ETOF) instrument
- Designed and constructed a prototype charged-particle rejecting neutral atom spectrometer (ETOF) for a NASA Phase A site visit, on time and within budget. (Design team lead)
- Performed proof-of-concept and functional testing routines for the prototype ETOF instrument (Test team lead)
- Designed, ran and analyzed the results of charged-particle optics simulations in the design and development of the Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer (FIPS), a low-mass (4 kg), low-power (1.4 W) plasma mass spectrometer
- Designed, ran and analyzed the results of FIPS prototype testing at the Goddard Space Flight Center
- Developed and performed FIPS flight instrument testing and calibration routines at University of Michigan
- Head, UM pre-integration environmental testing team at the Applied Physics Laboratory
- Delivered fully-calibrated flight-ready FIPS instrument to integration facility on time, despite an ever-shifting (and ever-shortening) delivery schedule
Laboratory and testbed design:
- Designed, developed and constructed the Mass Spectrometry and Time-of-Flight Laboratories at the UM Space Physics Research Laboratory
Other experiences and skillsets:
- UM instrument design team member, Interstellar Probe Mission (Co-investigator)
- Produced numerous instrumentation and data analysis proposals for NASA and NSF opportunities
- Extensive programming experience: IDL, MATLAB, ANSI C, Fortran, Perl
- Currently developing experience with Python and SQL
Academic Research Directorships and Experience
Faculty Member, Eastern Michigan University (2005 – present):
Director/Adviser: Ion Beamline Development Program (Graduate Masters projects)
- With my supervision and technical advice, Masters students developed and characterized a low energy (<1 keV) ion beam which will be used to simulate the solar wind's sputtering of neutral atoms from the surfaces of asteroids, planets and their satellites.
Director: Small Radio Telescope Project (Undergraduate research project, ongoing)
- Undergraduate researchers are encouraged to explore and experiment in the design of subsystems for a small (3-meter dish) radio telescope under my guidance and “hands-off” supervision.
Principle Investigator: Physics Scholars Program (National Science Foundation Grant)
- As a recruiter and evaluator for this scholarship program, I encourage talented incoming freshman to participate in one of two research-oriented physics majors by providing opportunity for substantial financial aid packages over the course of four years.
Panel reviewer, proposals for NASA Solar and Heliospheric division programs
Education Ph.D. (Atmospheric and Space Sciences), University of Michigan, 2002
M. S. (Atmospheric and Space Sciences), University of Michigan, 1999
B. S. (Physics) (Highest Honors), University of Michigan, 1995
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Eastern Michigan University (2015-pres)
Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Eastern Michigan University (2010-2015)
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Eastern Michigan University (2005-2010)
Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan (2004-2005)
Research Fellow, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan (2002-2004)
Graduate Student Research Assistant, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan (1997-2002)
Zurbuchen, Thomas H., Jim M. Raines, George Gloeckler, Stamatios M. Krimigis, James A. Slavin, Patrick L. Koehn, Rosemary M. Killen, Ann L. Sprague, Ralph L. McNutt, Jr., and Sean C. Solomon, MESSENGER Observations of the Composition of Mercury’s Ionized Exosphere and Plasma Environment, Science, 321, 90, 2008.
Kabin, K., M. H. Heimpel, R. Rankin, J. M. Aurnou, N. Gomez-Perez, J. Paral, T. I. Gombosi, T.H. Zurbuchen, P. L. Koehn, and D. L. DeZeeuw, Global MHD modeling of Mercury's magnetosphere with applications to the MESSENGER mission and dynamo theory. Icarus, 195, 1-15, 2008.
Andrews, G. B., T. H. Zurbuchen, B. H. Mauk, H. Malcom, L. A. Fisk, G. Gloeckler, G. C. Ho, J. S. Kelley, P. L. Koehn, T. W. LeFevere, S. S. Livi, R. A. Lundgren, and J. M. Raines, The Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer instrument on the MESSENGER spacecraft, Space Science Reviews, 131, Numbers 1-4, 2007.
Koehn, P. L., T. H. Zurbuchen, G. Gloeckler, R. A. Lundgren, contributors to: Calibration Techniques for in-situ Particle Instruments, ESA Publications, 2004.
Koehn, P. L., Development of the Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer and its Application in the Plasma Environment at Mercury. Ph.D. Thesis, defended September, 2002.
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