Dr. William M Farrell

Dr. William M Farrell

  • (AST, PLANETARY STUDIES)
  • 301.286.4446 | 301.286.1433
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 695
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Bill Farrell is a plasma physicist in the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Iowa in 1987, and has been a NASA scientist since 1990. His research interest includes the study of lightning storms at Earth and the planets, the dusty plasma environment at planetary moons and asteroids, the space environment at our own Moon, and planetary auroral & magnetospheric processes. He is a co-investigator on the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Solar Probe Plus mission, and Wind spacecraft. From 2009-2019, he was the Principal Investigator of the SSERVI/DREAM and DREAM2 centers for space environments (http://ssed.gsfc.nasa.gov/dream/). These science centers integrated contributions from 30 investigators from across the globe in addressing the space weather, plasma, exosphere, and radiation interactions at the Moon and other airless bodies in the solar system. He is current the Deputy PI of the LEADER center for space environments working as part of the center's leadership team in addressing the human system-lunar environment interactions. In another area, Dr. Farrell's instrument team has built numerous radio hardware elements to fly on rockets, on balloons, in remotely piloted vehicles, and in space flight. He owns a patent on a lightweight magnetic antenna and this type of instrument is currently in operation onboard the USAF/DSX spacecraft. Dr. Farrell continues to be a scientific reviewer on AGU, EGS, and IEEE journals and he has authored/co-authored over 220 journal articles & book chapters on space science topics.

     

    Current Projects

    Research Interests

    Education

    B. S (1982), M.S. (1984), and Ph.D. (1987) in Physics from the University of Iowa

    Awards

    NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2012)
    NASA/Goddard SSED Peer Award (2012)
    Robert H. Goddard Award for Exceptional Achievement in Science (2008)
    NASA/GSFC Special Act Award (2001, 2009, 2018)
    Ten NASA Group Achievement Awards including Voyager/Neptune (1990) & Ulysses/Jupiter (1993) encounters and Cassini/Saturn (2009, 2018) mission
    Patent on Metglas Search Coil Antenna (1996)
    National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at NASA GSFC (1989-1990)
    NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Award (1986-87)
     

    Brief Bio

    Bill Farrell is a plasma physicist in the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Iowa in 1987, and has been a NASA scientist since 1990. His research interest includes the study of lightning storms at Earth and the planets, the dusty plasma environment at planetary moons and asteroids, the space environment at our own Moon, and planetary auroral & magnetospheric processes. He is a co-investigator on the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Solar Probe Plus mission, and Wind spacecraft. From 2009-2019, he was the Principal Investigator of the SSERVI/DREAM and DREAM2 centers for space environments (http://ssed.gsfc.nasa.gov/dream/). These science centers integrated contributions from 30 investigators from across the globe in addressing the space weather, plasma, exosphere, and radiation interactions at the Moon and other airless bodies in the solar system. He is current the Deputy PI of the LEADER center for space environments working as part of the center's leadership team in addressing the human system-lunar environment interactions. In another area, Dr. Farrell's instrument team has built numerous radio hardware elements to fly on rockets, on balloons, in remotely piloted vehicles, and in space flight. He owns a patent on a lightweight magnetic antenna and this type of instrument is currently in operation onboard the USAF/DSX spacecraft. Dr. Farrell continues to be a scientific reviewer on AGU, EGS, and IEEE journals and he has authored/co-authored over 220 journal articles & book chapters on space science topics.

     

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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