Florida Tech Earns $820,000 Funding for Space Weather Modeling

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech, a member institution of the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (CISM), has earned an $820,000 subcontract over five
years to participate on a CISM project. The CISM is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center chartered to understand the dynamic
sun-earth system and how it affects life and society.
One of 11 member institutions, Florida Tech will direct the diversity in space sciences efforts of the center as well as take a lead role in the center’s
science education programs and curriculum development. Florida Tech also will use simulation models to gain a better understanding of the magnetosphere and
ionosphere and will test and validate these models through comparison with observations. The university will also provide opportunities for undergraduate
research and support for the CISM-wide graduate education program.
Ramon Lopez, Florida Tech professor of physics and space sciences, is the principal investigator on the project and will work with graduate students and
other Florida Tech faculty.
Among other member institutions are Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Rice University, Dartmouth College and University of
Colorado, Boulder.
The CISM Science and Technology Center is headquartered at Boston University.

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