Bill Lotko

Bill Lotko has been an HAO affiliate scientist since 2010. He is a professor of Engineering Science at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and is a past interim dean of the school. In addition he is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics and a team leader of a NASA Targeted Research and Technology team.

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Bill Lotko

Bill's research has been centered on system-level studies of solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions, including plasma electrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, and collisionless transport processes. These studies have particular application to Space Weather studies.

Currently, Bill and his students and collaborators, including HAO scientists Mike Wiltberger, Alan Burns, and Wenbin Wang are investigating and developing simulation models for ionospheric outflows into the magnetosphere; electron precipitation into the high-latitude ionosphere and thermosphere; plasma kinetics that enable superfluent ion outflows and electron precipitation; and the effects of all of these processes on global geospace dynamics. This work is, amongst other things, an important part of the NSF's Science and Technology Center called the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling.

When in residence at HAO, on most early mornings you can find Bill walking the hogbacks with his wife Mary, on weekends hiking or skiing the Rockies (especially the Front Range), or fly fishing scenic (sometimes unproductive) streams. You might see him around town sampling Boulders' extraordinary cappuccini, browsing the Boulder Bookstore, erranding on a bike, or enjoying the Fruili cuisine of Frasca.

Position: 
Affiliate Scientist