Joan Schmelz, Physics
Dr. Joan T. Schmelz received her Ph.D. from Penn State University in Astronomy in
1987. She then worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where she was part of
the operations team for the Solar Maximum Mission Satellite.
Her research involves the investigation of the coronal heating problem as well as
the properties and dynamics of the solar atmosphere, Her work uses spectroscopic and
image data in the X-ray and ultraviolet wavelength ranges obtained from NASA satellites
and rockets. She is very interested in undergraduate physics education, and won the
physics department award for outstanding teaching when she was a graduate student.
She has published 42 refereed-journal papers on a variety of astronomical subjects
including stars, galaxies, interstellar matter, and the sun.