David Forliti, Ph.D.

Dr. David Forliti is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Forliti’s research program focuses on propulsion-related fluid mechanics including flow instability, turbulent shear flows, and multiphase flows. One area of particular emphasis is on the flow-acoustic wave interactions which drive combustion instabilities in propulsion and energy […]


Carl M. Sack, Ph.D.

Dr. Carl M. Sack is the Geographic Information Systems Program Coordinator at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Dr. Sack teaches GIS and Remote Sensing courses and supervises student research internships with NASA and other agencies. His current project work includes semi-automated habitat mapping in the St. Louis River Estuary on Lake Superior and […]


Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, Ph.D.

Director of NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Dr. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Dr. Gebre-Egziabher teaches courses in aerospace systems and directs a research lab focusing on the design of multi-sensor navigation and attitude determination systems for aerospace vehicles. He […]


Ryan Terrien, Ph.D.

Dr. Ryan Terrien is an assistant professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Dr. Terrien works on instrumentation and techniques for high-precision Doppler spectroscopy and exoplanet detection, including the Habitable Zone Planet Finder (HPF) and NEID spectrographs. He also studies the spectroscopic characterization of low-mass stars. His current collaborations […]


Alec Habig, Ph.D.

Dr. Alec Habig is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Minnesota Duluth, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. He studies cosmic rays and neutrinos in the fun hybrid field of Particle Astrophysics, with detectors in both deep underground labs and at Fermilab. Dr. Habig’s research with includes MINOS, MINOS+, […]


James Flaten, Ph.D.

Associate Director of NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Dr. James Flaten is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Dr. Flaten serves as the Associate Director of the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC), a NASA higher-education program which involves state-wide promotion of all-things-NASA-related. He has […]


Cindy Blaha, Ph.D.

Dr. Cindy Blaha is the George H. and Marjorie F. Dixon Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Dr. Blaha obtained her B.S. and Ph.D. in physics and astrophysics at the University of Minnesota and has been teaching and doing research with students at Carleton since 1987.  Her astrophysics research centers […]