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Sofiane Bourouaine

Assistant Professor | College of Engineering and Science - Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences

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Personal Overview

My scientific research focuses on the fundamental physics underlying the heating and the acceleration of solar wind plasma and the solar corona including the turbulence processes that transfer energy from the injection scale down to the kinetic scale.  I use theory and spacecraft data with numerical plasma simulations to investigate the heating and turbulence processes in solar wind. 

Educational Background

Ph.D, 2009, Astrophysics and Astronomy, Georg-August Goettingen University, Goettingen, Germany

Magister, Theoretical Physics, 2003,  University of Constantine, Constantine, Algeria

Diploma of High Studies,  Theoretical Physics, 1999, University of Constantine, Constantine, Algeria

Professional Experience

2020 -2022:  Senior Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins Applied Laboratory, Laurel, MD 20723

2019 -2020: Assistant Research Professor 2019 Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL 32901

2016-2019: Research Professional/Adjunct Professor Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL 32901

2014- 2016: Postdoctoral research Scholar, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242

2012 - 2014: Research Scientist, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824

2009-2012: Postdoctoral fellowship, Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research,Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany

Current Courses

SPS 5020: Space Physics 1

PHY3060: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (Junior level)

PHY5082: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (Grad. level)

Selected Publications 











Total Active Grants is about $ 2.2M (FIT funds: 1.5M)

  • Co-PI: NASA HGI, Title: Evolution of alpha and Proton Populations in the Inner Heliosphere: Role ofCoulomb Collisions and Solar Wind Fluctuations: Heliophysics Guest Investigator
  • PI: NASA HSR, Title: Investigating the space time correlation of solar wind turbulence.
  • Co-PI: NASA PSPGI, Title: Using Parker Solar Probe (PSP) observations to test and constrain models of the solar wind and solar-wind turbulence.
  • PI: NASA HGI, Title: On the origin of energetically-dominant sunward-propagating AlfvÅLen waves inthe solar wind.
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