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Ruf appointed space physics research laboratory director

Christopher Ruf, professor in the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS) and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments, has been appointed director of the Space Physics Research Laboratory (SPRL), one of a few university-based space engineering facilities. His three-year appointment was effective May 16.
Ruf (File Photo/U-M Photo Services)

"SPRL has a long history of spaceflight engineering excellence and an impressive list of esteemed past directors," says Ruf. "This appointment is an honor and I look forward to building upon SPRL's illustrious history while developing a strong and vibrant roadmap for its future."

In addition to his research activities in the areas of satellite programs, science and applications of remote sensing, and instrumentation and technology development, Ruf has guided the AOSS class project known as the Magic Bus. For the past two years, directed study students have been designing, fabricating and field-testing a GPS-based system for the University bus fleet. The University will implement the system campus-wide this fall.

"In addition to his experience as an instrument scientist at NASA, Chris has worked very closely with SPRL engineers due to his Remote Sensing Group and its numerous microwave remote sensing instruments," said AOSS chair Tamas I. Gombosi upon announcing the appointment.

As SPRL director, Ruf will guide a laboratory whose engineers and scientists have been developing space research instruments since 1946. SPRL instruments are currently on both the Cassini-Huygens Saturn Mission and the Messenger Mission to Mercury.

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