Dr. Mihir Desai

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Dr. Mihir Desai, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) – Dr. Mihir Desai is the Director of the Department of Space Research, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). He is also the lead Adjoint Professor for the Ph.D. Graduate Program in Physics – a collaboration between SwRI and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). His research areas include experimental solar and heliospheric physics, dynamics of planetary magnetospheres, causes and effects of space weather, and design and development of novel space flight instruments.

Dr. Desai is principal investigator on CuSP, a microsatellite to study interplanetary magnetic fields and energetic particles in the solar wind. He leads the development of the Suprathermal Ion Spectrograph, which will detect low-energy solar energetic particles. He is a team Member on Ulysses, ACE, Wind, STEREO, IBEX, and Juno. He is the recipient of two NASA Group Achievement awards and is a Co-Investigator on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe and ESA’s BepiColombo missions. He served as a member of the Heliophysics Subcommittee of the National Advisory Council (NAC) from 2012 – 2015. He was a member of the LWS Steering Committee and the Solar and Heliospheric MOWG. He was a member of the Innovations: Technology, Instruments and Data Systems Working Group for the NRC 2012 Decadal Survey and the 2012-2032 Heliophysics Roadmap Team.

Dr. Desai received his Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of Birmingham, and has over 200 publications.