Roderick A. Heelis, Center for Space Sciences

Roderick Heelis is the Cecil and Ida Green Honors Professor of Physics, and Director of the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). He received BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Sheffield, England in 1969 and 1973 respectively. He is now active in education and research programs at the University of Texas at Dallas working on observational and modeling efforts devoted to various aspects of ionospheric electrodynamics. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Electromagnetic Waves and graduate courses in Ionospheric Electrodynamics, Space Science, and Spaceflight Instrumentation.

Dr. Heelis retains strong ties with the University of Sheffield in the development and use of computer models of the Earth's ionosphere. In addition he serves as principal investigator for grant and contract research sponsored by the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). His activities provide a wealth of observational data that are studied to understand the interactions between the Earth's upper atmosphere and the sun. A substantial effort is also directed toward the development of future space missions, including single and multiple satellite configurations.

In addition to research activities Dr. Heelis has also served on a number of advisory committees and working groups inside and outside the University. He has served as chairman of the committee on qualifications and as a member of the core curriculum committee at UT Dallas. He has most recently served as a member of the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee, as a member the National Research Council Space Science Decadal Survey Committee, as a member of the NASA Geospace Mission Definition Team, and as co-chair of the NASA Global Electrodynamic Connections Science Definition Team.