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Hartzell, Christine

Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering
3178 Glenn L. Martin Hall, University of Maryland

Research Interests: 
  • Planetary science 
  • Orbital mechanics 
  • Plasma physics 
  • Granular mechanics 
  • Spacecraft design
  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012 
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008

Christine Hartzell received her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012. Her thesis topic was electrostatic dust motion near the surface of asteroids and the Moon. After completing her Ph.D., she was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Keck Institute for Space Studies at the California Institute of Technology, where she studied granular media. She received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. Her research focuses on dust motion on airless bodies for the purpose of understanding the evolution of these bodies and improving the design of spacecraft to explore them.

Honors and Awards: 
  • Keck Institute for Space Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship 
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship 
  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship
Professional Memberships: 
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 
  • American Astronautical Society (AAS) 
  • American Physical Society (APS)
Selected Publications: 
  • Hartzell, X. Wang, D. Scheeres, M. Horanyi. “Experimental Demonstration of the Role of Cohesion in Electrostatic Dust Lofting” Geophysical Research Letters. 2013. Vol 40, doi: 10.1002/grl.50230. 
  • Hartzell, D. Scheeres. “Dynamics of Levitating Dust Particles Near Asteroids and the Moon” Journal of Geophysical Research. 2013. Vol 118, pp 116-125.
  • Hartzell, D. Scheeres. “The Role of Cohesive Forces in Particle Launching on the Moon and Asteroids” Planetary and Space Sciences. 2011. Vol 59, pp 1758-1768. 
  • Scheeres, C. Hartzell, P. Sánchez, M. Swift. “Scaling Physics to Asteroid Surfaces: The Role of Cohesion” Icarus. 2010. Vol 210, pp 968-984. 
  • Masiero, C.M. Hartzell, D.J. Scheeres. “The Effect of the Dust Size Distribution on Asteroid Polarization” The Astronomical Journal. Dec. 2009. Vol 139, pp 1557-1562.