Faudree Professorship

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.