Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Pankaj Kumar

(RESEARCH ASSOC PROF)

 pankaj.kumar@nasa.gov

 301.286.5453

Org Code: 674

NASA/GSFC
Mail Code: 674
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Brief Bio


Dr. Pankaj Kumar is a Research Associate Professor at American University and working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). He joined the Space Weather laboratory at NASA GSFC in April 2017 through an appointment to the NASA postdoc program. Prior to this, he held senior research scientist and postdoc positions at Korea Astronomy and Space Science institute (KASI) and spent more than 6 years in South Korea.


Dr. Kumar has more than 15 years research experience in solar physics. His research focusses on the initiation of solar eruptions (CMEs, Jets), magnetic reconnection/particle acceleration in solar flares, and wave/oscillation in solar atmosphere. He has numerous experience in the analysis and interpretation of multiwavelength data from NASA’s missions (SDO, IRIS, STEREO, HINODE, RHESSI, SOHO, PSP etc.). He has contributed to the understanding of flare/CME initiation (filament interaction, loop-loop interaction, Kink instability), flux rope formation and eruption, excitation of slow and fast mode waves in coronal loops, origin of quasi-periodic pulsations in solar flares, breakout jets, radio and EUV observations of plasmoid formation and ejection in flare current sheet, Origin of Solar wind microstreams/switchbacks etc. Dr. Kumar also has experience in the ground based Hα observations of the Sun and has participated in eclipse observations as well. He has served as a potential reviewer for journals (e.g, ApJ, ApJL, A&A, Solar Physics etc.). He is also a member of American Geophysical Union and has been awarded several academic prizes (e.g., research fellowships, KASI best postdoc award, NPP fellowship, NASA HGI grant, NSF grant).



Research Interests:

Initiation of solar eruptions (CMEs/Flares, Jets), Particle acceleration, Coronal waves/oscillation, Quasiperiodic pulsations (QPPs) in solar flares


Analysis/interpretation of multiwavelength data from NASA's missions (SDO, STEREO, RHESSI, Hinode, IRIS, Parker Solar Probe etc.) and ground based telescopes (Hα and Radio observations)




Publications

 

Positions/Employment


Research Associate Professor

American University/NASA GSFC - Greenbelt, MD, USA

September 2022 - Present


Research Assistant Professor

American University/NASA GSFC - Greenbelt, MD, USA

April 2020 - August 2022


NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow

NASA GSFC - Greenbelt, MD, USA

April 2017 - March 2020


Senior Researcher

Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) - Daejeon, South Korea

April 2014 - March 2017


Postdoctoral Fellow

Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) - Daejeon, South Korea

December 2010 - March 2014


Research Fellow

Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences - Nainital, India

June 2006 - December 2010

Education


Ph.D. : Solar Physics, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital-India, 2011
M.Phil. : Physics, CCS University, Meerut (UP), India, 2006
B.Ed. : Physics and Mathematics, K.V. College Machara, CCS University, Meerut (UP), India, 2005
M.Sc. : Physics, Meerut College, CCS University, Meerut (UP), India, 2004
B.Sc. : Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Meerut College, CCS University, Meerut (UP), India, 2002
 

Awards


NSF SHINE (Solar, Heliospheric, and INterplanetary Environment) research grant 2022, Role: Principal Investigator

NASA HSD (Heliophysics Science Division) Peer Award 2021

NASA HGI (Heliophysics Guest Investigators) grant 2018 (Role: Principal Investigator)

NPP (NASA Postdoctoral Program) fellowship 2016

KASI Best Postdoc Award 2013

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), Daejeon, Republic of Korea, December 2010-March 2014.

Research Fellowship at Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital, India, July 2006-December 2010

CSIR-NET (National Eligibility Test 2006)

JEST (Joint Entrance Screening Test 2006)