Andrew F. Nagy
Prof. Andrew F. Nagy’s experimental and theoretical scientific
contributions span the solar system. He has enhanced our understanding
of the terrestrial plasma environment, as well as those of Venus,
Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Among his most significant contributions
to space physics was his close involvement with NASA’s Pioneer
Venus and Dynamics Explorer Program from its inception in the early
1970s to its completion in the 1990s.
A member of the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
and the Department of Electrical Engineering faculty since 1963,
Nagy is an engaging scholar who believes that observations and theory
must be closely aligned to achieve understanding. He developed new
experimental methods and theoretical models to study the upper atmospheres
and ionospheres of the Earth and planets. He was principal and co-investigator
of numerous satellite and sounding rocket experiments.
Co-author of a well-known graduate textbook, “Ionospheres”
(Cambridge University Press 2000), Nagy has launched many successful
careers by mentoring graduate students and young colleagues. He
also has made significant contributions to the scientific community,
including serving as editor of the American Geophysical Union’s
(AGU) Geophysical Research Letters and Reviews of Geophysics and
as president of the AGU’s Space Physics and Aeronomy Section.
At Michigan, Nagy has served as associate vice president for research,
as interim director of the Space Physics Research Laboratory, and
on more than 18 University committees, including the Henry Russel
Award Committee, Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs,
and Wallenberg Medal and Lecture Committee.
He has chaired and was a member of dozens of key committees for
NASA, the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of
Science, and currently is a member of the academy’s panel
on the Decadal Study for System Exploration, which will guide the
direction of solar system exploration over the next decade. Nagy’s
accolades include membership in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
and the International Academy of Astronautics, as well as the NASA
Public Service Award and the College of Engineering’s Research
Excellence and Stephen Attwood awards.