Zdzislaw E. Musielak

University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Zdzislaw E. Musielak is a Professor of physics at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the recipient of the Humboldt Prize for his work on physical processes in the solar and stellar atmospheres. Dr. Musielak received his undergraduate education at the A. Mickiewicz University, Poland, and his graduate education at the University of Gdansk, Poland, where he received his Ph.D. degree in physics, in 1980. For his dissertation and other graduate research, Dr. Musielak received two awards from the Polish Academy of Sciences. From 1980 to 1983, he was an Assistant Professor of astrophysics at the University of Gdansk. He left Poland in 1982 and spent one year as a Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics of the University of Heidelberg in Germany. After arriving to the United States in 1983, Dr. Musielak worked as a Researcher at MIT for 3 years, and then for 3 more years as a Senior NRC Associate at NASA MSFC in Huntsville, Alabama. From 1989 to 1999, he was a professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). In 1999, he joined the Faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) as a Professor of Physics and was appointed the Director of the UTA Astronomy Program one year later. Dr. Musielak is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, including the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior US Scientists (Humboldt Prize) received in 1997 and additional Humboldt Followup Research Award received in 2005. His research has focused on the generation and propagation of MHD and plasma waves in circumstances ranging from the solar-terrestrial environment to the physics of nondegenerate and degenerate stars. He also works on the effects of extrasolar planets on their host stars, orbital stability in extrasolar planetary systems, and routes to chaos in dynamical systems with many degrees of freedom. Dr. Musielak’s current research interests involve the origin of dark matter and dark energy.

Biography Updated on 21 September 2008

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