Glenn Spiczak

Spiczak, Glenn

Glenn Spiczak


Start Year: 2001

Office: 119 Centennial Science Hall
Phone: 715-425-4630



Ph.D. Astrophysics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
M.A. Astronomy, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
B.S. Astrophysics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Courses Taught:

  • Astronomy (on campus and online)
  • Astrophysics
  • Algebra-based Physics (on campus and online)
  • Algebra-based Physics Lab
  • Calculus-based Physics Lab
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Senior Seminar
  • Sustainable Energy (online)
  • Thermodynamics

Research Interests:

  • Astronomy & Physics Education
  • Cosmic Rays
  • Experimental Astroparticle Physics

Professional Activities:

  • Observatory Director
  • Institutional Representative for Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Prior to coming to River Falls Dr. Spiczak 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 and mentors UWRF's high-powered rocket teams competing in NASA's WSGC Collegiate Rocket Competition.