Dr. Spiczak joined the department in the Fall of 2001. Prior to coming to River Falls he was a research scientist at the Bartol Research Institute of the University of Delaware studying Cosmic Rays (using SPASE, South Pole Air Shower Experiment). This research explores the composition, origin and acceleration of cosmic rays via the debris of high energy particles raining down on Earth's surface after these spacefaring nuclei collide with nuclei in Earth's atmosphere. This work continues at UWRF using the IceCube cubic-kilometer scale neutrino telescope at the South Pole. He is also leading a task force for active learning classrooms on campus.
He earned both his B.S. and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
He is the UWRF Institutional Representative for the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and mentors UWRF's high-powered rocket teams.
Astronomy & Physics Education
Experimental Astroparticle Physics
Astronomy (on campus and online)
Algebra-based Physics (on campus and online)
Algebra-based Physics Lab
Calculus-based Physics Lab
Nuclear and Particle Physics
Sustainable Energy (online)