Institute for Scientific Research
Boston College

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2006 UCLA Chancellor's Award for best Postdoctoral Researchers Reception Ceremony (Click on the picture to enlarge it)

Dr Endawoke Yizengaw, won the 2006 University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) Chancellor's Award for best Postdoctoral Researchers for his research into the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling using GPS TEC data. Out of 1,155 Post-docs at UCLA, 22 were nominated and he was one of 5 awarded the prize. Along with a plaque Dr Yizengaw was awarded a check for $$$$ dollars.

Dr. Yizengaw works on several space physics projects that seek to understand the structure and dynamics of the plasma environment around the Earth, an environment that affects radio and satellite communication and navigational systems. Recently, using data from Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers on the ground and on Low Earth-Orbiting (LEO) satellites, his team proved experimentally a long-standing conjecture about magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling: The mid-latitude trough and plasmapause are on the same field line. The researchers are also using tomographic reconstruction to image the ionosphere and plasmasphere. Dr. Yizengaw is also helping to prepare the African Small Instrument Array for the International Heliophysical Year (IHY).