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Dr. Jess Vrieesma, M.Sc, Ph.D. (he/him/his)

Jess Vriesema
  • Lecturer
  • Physics + Astronomy

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Teaching Interests

Computational physics, scientific modeling, numerical analysis, planetary science, astronomy/astrophysics, high-performance computing. 

Research and Creative Activities

Research: Computational physics (general), scientific modeling scalability in high-performance computing, magnetohydrodynamics as applied to planetary atmospheres. 


2009: B.Sc. in Physics, Calvin College (minor in Computer Science)

2011: M.Sc. in Physics, University of Arizona

2015: M.Sc. in Planetary Science, University of Arizona

2020: Ph.D. in Planetary Science, University of Arizona

Published Research

Vriesema, J. W., Koskinen, T. T. and Yelle, R. (2019). "Electrodynamics in Saturn’s Thermosphere at Low and Middle Latitudes." Icarus, in press. DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2019.113390.

Dykhuis, M. J., Molnar, L. A., Gates, C. J., Gonzales, J. A., Huffman, J. J., Maat, A. R., Maat, S. L., Marks, M. I., Massey-Plantinga, A. R., McReynolds, N. D., Schut, J. A., Stoep, J. P. Stutzman, A. J., Thomas, B. C., Vander Tuig, G. W., Vriesema, J. W. and Greenberg, R. (2015). "Efficient spin sense determination of Flora-region asteroids via the epoch method." Icarus, 267, 174–203. DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2015.12.021.

Molnar, L. and Vriesema, J. (2006). Minor Planet Observations, Minor Planet Circulars, 56166, 1.

Honors and Recognitions

2016–2019: NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF)

2011: William Bickel Award for Enthusiasm in Laboratory and Pedagogy

Professional Memberships

2021–present: Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society (CVAS)

2014–present: American Astronomical Society (AAS)

2014–present: Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS, a division of AAS)