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Dr. Ali M. Bramson

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
1629 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
bramson (at) lpl (dot) arizona (dot) edu
http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~bramson

Education

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2012-2018
PhD in Planetary Sciences with a minor in Geosciences
M.S., Planetary Sciences (awarded 2015)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2007-2011
B.S. in Physics and Astronomy-Physics, certificate (minor) in Computer Science
Graduated with distinction (honor's thesis); Named on UW's Dean's List 6 semesters


Research Positions Held

Assistant Professor
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University, Starting Fall 2020

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory/Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Sept. 2018-present
Targeting and data analysis of bistatic radar data with the Mini-RF instrument onboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Advisor: Prof. Lynn Carter

Graduate Research Associate
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory/Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, August 2012-August 2018
Dissertation Title: Radar Analysis and Theoretical Modeling of the Presence and Preservation of Ice on Mars
Advisor: Prof. Shane Byrne

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Astronomy Department, University of Wisconsin, December 2008-May 2012
Senior Thesis Project: Using networking algorithms to assess the environments of galaxy groups
Advisor: Prof. Eric M. Wilcots

REU Student
SETI Institute, June 2010-August 2010
Searching for ongoing geologic activity on Jupiter’s satellites
Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Phillips

REU Student
Arecibo Observatory/Cornell University, May 2009-August 2009
Modeling of 25143 Itokawa to improve radar-based shape estimation methods
Advisors: Dr. Michael Nolan and Dr. Ellen Howell

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), University of Wisconsin, June 2007-May 2009
Environmental transformations of metal nanoparticles
Solution based growth of nanoparticles
Advisors: Dr. Kevin M. Metz and Prof. Joel A. Pedersen


Honors and Awards

Postdoctoral

Graduate

Undergraduate


Research Grants Funded

As Co-I (PI of the UA subcontracts)

Microstructural evolution of solar system ices through sintering, funded by NASA's Solar Systems Workings Program
PI: Jamie Molaro

Subsurface Water Ice Mapping (SWIM) in the Northern Hemisphere of Mars, funded by JPL to support NASA’s Mars Exploration Program
PIs: Nathaniel E. Putzig and Gareth A. Morgan


Skills

Spacecraft

Remote Sensing

Computer

Field Work

Lab

Group Management and Interpersonal Training


Professional Activities and Departmental Involvement


Outreach


Teaching and Curriculum Development


Students Mentored


Press


Invited Talks


Peer-Reviewed Publications


Selected Conference Abstracts/Presentations