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Papadopoulos, Dennis

Physics and Astronomy
2309 CSS Building, University of Maryland

  • B.Sc. Physics, University of Athens, Greece, 1960
  • M.Sc. Nuclear, Engineering, M.I.T., 1965
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Maryland, 1968
  • Research in Space Physics
  • Impact of Radiation Belts on Satellite performance
  • Effects of High Altitude Nuclear Explosions
  • Electromagnetic Pulse, Space weather
Honors and Awards: 
  • NASA Group Achievement Award 1998.
  • “Certificate of Commendation” for distinguished service to space sciences, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1986.
  • Washington Academy of Science; Award for Scientific Achievement in the Physical Sciences 1978.
  • E. O. Hulbert Award for Science, 1977.
  • Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award 1976
Professional Memberships: 
  • Member, Space Earth Science Advisory Committee (SESAC), (The Senior NASA Advisory Committee for the Office of Space and Applications), 1984-1987.
  • Member, Keyworth Briefing Committee on Space Physics, 1984.
  • Member, NASA Committee on Solar and Space Physics (CSS), 1984-1987.
  • Member, Research and Analysis Review Committee, NASA, 1984.
  • Member, Maxwell Prize Committee for Plasma Physics, APS, 1988.
  • Member, Executive Committee Division of Plasma Physics (DPP), American Physical Society (APS), 1985-1988.
  • Member, Program Committee DPP-APS, 1985, 1986, 1989.
  • Member, Space Station Planning Committee on a Plasma and Fusion Physics, 1985.
  • Member, Space Plasma Physics and Astrophysics Panel, Physics Review Committee, National Academy of Sciences, 1983-1984.
  • Chairman, Steering Committee “Assessment of the Status of Solar Terrestrial Physics”, 1982-1983.
  • Member, N.A.S.A., “Space Plasma Theory Panel”, 1978.
  • Member, Overview Committee, D.O.E., A.P.S. 5 year plan, 1980, 1985.
  • Member, N.A.S.A., Advisory Panel on “Computer Simulations in Space Plasma”, 1977.
  • AIP Physics New Committee, 1979.
  • Member, Sigma-X, Honorary.
  • National Academy of Science, NRC Postgraduate Advisor.
  • Member, Working Group on High Altitude Nuclear Explosions.
  • U.S. Delegate, I.A.E.A. Fusion Conference, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1978.
  • Member, Working Group “Electron Beam Experiments on the AMPS Program”.
  • Organizing Committee, “N.C. Christophilos International Summer School and Conference on Plasma Physics”, Spetses, Greece, 1977.
  • Gonvenor, “Symposium on Wave Instabilities in Space Plasmas”, URSL XIX General Assembly, Helsinki, 1978.
  • Member, Program Committee “Second Workshop on Space Craft Glow”, 1985.
  • Member, Program Committee “Mediterranean School on Plasma Astrophysics”, 1985.
  • Member, Senate Adjunct Committee on Research, 1989-1990.
  • Member, CMPS Division Appointment and Tenure Committee, 1989-1990.
  • Member, Committee for Optical Telescope, 1989-1990.
  • Member, Qualifying Exam Committee, 1991-1992.
  • Member, University of Maryland, Campus APT Committee, 1993.
  • Committee on Future Direction of HAARP, Chair Tony Tether, Director of DARPA
  • Member, APTI, Board of Directors
  • Member IS3, Board of Directors
  • Chairman, Committee on Scientific Program Using HAARP
  • Member, Investigator Working Group the Tether Satellite Program
  • Reviewer, Physics Rev. Lett., J.G.R. Phys. Fl., Astroph. Lett. J. etc.
  • Council on Foreign Relations “The Study Group on United States Space Posture for 21st Century, 2003
  • Committee on Terrorism and the Nuclear Question, Eisenhower Institute, 2003
  • Member SCS Advisory Board, George Mason University, 2003
  • Reviewer Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in the Physical Sciences George Mason University, 2003
Selected Publications: 
  • Papadopoulos, K., C.C. Goodrich, M. Wiltberger, R.E. Lopez, and J.G. Lyon. The physics of substorms as revealed by the ISTP. Phys. and Chem. of the Earth, 24, 1-3, 189-202, 1999