UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
member of graduate faculty
Start Year: 2001
Office: 125 Centennial Science Hall
Ph.D. Astrophysics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
M.A. Astronomy, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
B.S. Astrophysics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Dr. Spiczak's research explores the composition, origin and acceleration of cosmic rays via characteristics of high energy particle debris raining down on Earth's surface after these spacefaring nuclei collide with Earth's atmosphere. 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) and AMANDA (Antarctic Muon And Neutrino Detector Array) and continues such work at UWRF using the IceTop surface array of the IceCube cubic-kilometer neutrino telescope at the South Pole. He was a lead member of the task force for active learning classrooms on campus and mentors UWRF's high-powered rocket teams competing in NASA's Collegiate Rocket Competitions along with the Physics Student robotics teams.