(In order of arrival at UCF as a PhD.)

Name and Rank
Photo At UCF Since Degrees Research Topics
Dr. Todd Bradley   2008
PhD University of Colorado, 2007

Saturn rings composition

Mercury exosphere

Dr. Thomas Kehoe

Associate Scientist


   2011 PhD University of London, 1999
Dynamics of Small Bodies

Dr. Philip Metzger

Associate Scientist


(personal website)


PhD University of Central Florida, 2005

MS University of Central Florida

BSE Auburn University

Regolith mechanics and evolution; technology supporting spaceflight; utilization of space resources


Dr. Julie Brisset   2014 PhD Univ. of Brauschweig, 2014

Planet formation, dust accretion processes, and microgravity experiments.

Dr. Gal Sarid

Associate Scientist


(personal webpage)

  2014 PhD Tel Aviv Univ., 2010

Minor bodies (comets, asteroids, etc.),

thermal and collisional evolution,

planet formation.

Dr. Noemi Pinilla-Alonso


Dr. Akbar Whizin 2016 PhD UCF, 2016 Regolith and dust dynamics, accretion of planetesimals, microgravity experiments


Former Researchers:

Dr. Michael Kelley, PhD from University of Minnesota, comet and asteroid surfaces, comet dust, and meteoroid streams. Now research staff at University of Maryland. At UCF 2007-2009.

Dr. Julie Ziffer, PhD from UCF, asteroid composition. Now Associate Professor at University of Southern Maine. At UCF 2007.

Dr. Phan Bao Ngoc, PhD from Paris University VI, low-mass stars. Now visiting scholar at ASIAA. At UCF 2006-2007.

Dr. Robert J Macke, SJ, PhD from UCF, meteorite petrology. Now at Vatican Observatory. At UCF 2010-2011.

Dr. Adrienne (Addie) Dove, PhD from University of Colorado, dusty surface processes and microgravity. Now Assistant Professor here at UCF.

Dr. Csaba Palotai, PhD from University of Louisville, comet impacts and giant-planet atmospheric modeling. Now Assistant Professor at Florida Institue of Technology. At UCF 2006-2015.

Dr. Ashley Kehoe, PhD from University of Florida, dynamics of dust. Now Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. At UCF 2011-2016.