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Curriculum Vitae

Robert C. Allen, Ph.D.
Lead Scientist, Southwest Research Institute

Born & raised in Austin, TX, USA

Lives & works in & around Baltimore, MD


2014 - 2017  Ph.D. Physics

University of Texas, San Antonio


2008 - 2011 B.S. Physics

University of Texas, Arlington

2012 CISM Summer School



2024 - Present Lead Scientist

Southwest Research Institute 

2019 - 2024 Senior Professional Staff

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

2017 - 2019 Post-doctoral Fellow

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

2017 General Associate

NASA Goddard Planetary Heliophysics Institute - UMB

2014 - 2017 Graduate Research Assistant

Southwest Research Institute - UTSA

2011 - 2013 Research Assistant

University of New Hampshire

2008 - 2011 Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of Texas, Arlington

Awards & Distinctions

2019 NASA Silver Achievement Medal:
Parker Solar Probe Team

2018 NASA Group Achievement Award:
Cassini Magnetosphere Imaging Instrument Team

2023 JRG Top 10% Downloaded Papers

2021 JRG Top 10% Downloaded Papers

2020 JRG Top 10% Downloaded Papers
(First authorCo-authorCo-author, & Co-author)

Professional Service

2022 - Present Committee Member

AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) Early Career Leadership Advisory Committee

2020 - Present Colloquia Organizer and Host

Whole Heliospheric & Planetary Interactions (WHPI) Colloquia Series

2019 - Present Team Member

COSPAR ISWAT team on Understanding the Suprathermal Seed Population

2019 - Present Coordinator for Project Science Team

Parker Solar Probe Encounter Footpoint Predictions

2022 Convener, Coordinated Multi-spacecraft Observations in the Inner Heliosphere Session

AGU Fall Meeting

2022 Chair, Parker Two Science Organizing Committee

2022 Convener, Connecting the Sun and Heliosphere through interdisciplinary coordinate observing campaigns and modeling, 

SHINE Workshop

2022 Chair, In-Situ: Particle Detectors session of the Heliophysics 2050 Measurements and Technologies Pre-Decadal Workshop

2020 - 2022 Organizing Committee Member

Parker Solar Probes Scholars

2021 Science Organizing Committee Member

Whole Heliospheric & Planetary Interaction (WHPI) Workshop

2021 Convener, Addressing the Mysteries of Inner Heliospheric Dynamics from a Multi-Spacecraft Vantage Point SessionAGU Fall Meeting

2018 - 2019 Junior Scientist

ISSI Team on Soft Protons in the Magnetosphere Focused by X-ray Telescopes

2018 Convener, Comparative Plasma Environments Panel Series

Triennial Earth-Sun Summit, AGU-AAS

2017 Participant, representing MD/DC/NJ region

AGU Congressional Visit Day

2016 - 2017 Anti-Harassment Policy Subcommittee

Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) Workshop, NSF

2015 - 2017 Graduate Program Recruitment Student Representative

SwRI/UTSA Joint Space Physics Program

2015-2017 Graduate Program Website Admin

SwRI/UTSA Joint Space Physics Program

2015 - 2017 Writing Club Officer

SwRI/UTSA Joint Space Physics Program

2014 - 2016 Student Representative

Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) Workshop, NSF

2015 - 2016 Local Organizing Committee Member

Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

Hosted by UTSA and SwRI, AIP

2015 - 2016 Outreach Officer

Graduate Society of Physics Students, UTSA

2014 - 2015 Society of Physics Students Liaison (Founding Officer)

Graduate Society of Physics Students, UTSA

2010 - 2011 Vice-President, Society of Physics Students

University of Texas, Arlington

2009 - 2010 President, Society of Physics Students

University of Texas, Arlington

2008 - 2009 Secretary, Society of Physics Students

University of Texas, Arlington


See publications list

Oral Presentations

See oral presentations list

Poster Presentations

See poster presentations list

Mission/Instrument Roles

Instrument Scientist:

   - Suprathermal Ion Spectrograph (SIS) sensor on Solar Orbiter, & Co-I on the Energetic Particle Detector (EPD) suite


   - Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Project Science team

   - PSP Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) investigation team

   - PSP Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISOIS) instruments team

   - Cassini Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument (MIMI) team

   - ACE Ultra Low Energy Isotope Spectrometer (ULEIS) team

   - New Horizons Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation (PEPSSI) team


Editoral Positions:

2021 - Present:

Associate Editor of Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences - Planetary Science​

Peer-Reviewer for Journals:

   - Geophysical Research Letters (GRL)

   - Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR)

   - Space Weather

   - The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ)

   - The Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJ Letters)

   - Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A)

   - Nature Communications

   - Frontiers

   - Solar Physics

Review Panels:

   - NASA LWS Review Panel

   - NASA LWSTM Review Panel

   - NASA DDAP Review Panel

   - NASA CDAP Review Panel

   - NASA ECIP Review Panel

   - PDS Data Reviewer Panel


Graduate Students:

   - Malik Walker (Johns Hopkins University,
      Department of Physics and Astronomy)

       - Years: 2022 - Present 

       - Topic: Ion Acceleration at CMEs

       - Degree Pursuing: PhD Physics

Postdoctoral Researchers:

   - Parisa Mostafavi (JHU Applied Physics Lab)

       - Years: 2021 - 2022

       - Topic: Solar Wind Alpha-Proton Differential Flow

       - Current Position: Senior Professional Staff at APL

Teaching Experience

Lab Instructor at University of New Hampshire

   - Spring 2012, 1 Section, Intro to Modern Astronomy

Lab Instructor at University of Texas, Arlington

   - Sprint 2011, 2 Sections, Astronomy I

   - Spring 2011, 2 Sections, Astronomy II

   - Fall 2010, 3 Sections, Astronomy II

   - Spring 2010, 2 Sections, Astronomy I

   - Spring 2010, 1 Section, Astronomy II

   - Fall 2009, 1 Section, Astronomy I

   - Fall 2009, 1 Section, Astronomy II

Societies and Memberships

European Geosciences Union, joined 2020

American Geophysical Union, joined 2012

Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, inducted 2015

Alpha Chi Honor Society, inducted 2015

Golden Key International Honours, inducted 2014

Sigma Pi Sigma, inducted 2010

Missions and Datasets Used

- Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence, &

        Electrodynamics of Moon's Interaction with the

        Sun (ARTEMIS)

- Active Magnetosphere and Planetary

        Electrodynamics Response Experiment


- Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE)

- Cassini

- Cluster

- Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR)

- Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)​

- Global scale Observations of Limb and Disk (GOLD)

- Magnetospheric Multi-scale (MMS)

- Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN)

- New Horizons

- Parker Solar Probe

- Polar

- Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)

- Solar Orbiter

- Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO)

- Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN)

- SuperMAG

- Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions

        During Substorms (THEMIS)

- Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics

        & Dynamics (TIMED)

- Van Allen Probes (Radiation Belt Storm Probes)

- Voyager I & II

- Wind

- XMM-Newton

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