Dr. Colleen Milbury

Dr. Colleen Milbury


Assistant Professor of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
119 Christopher Hall
Campus Box 116
B.S. in Physics, University of California at Santa Cruz
M.S. in Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California at Los Angeles
Ph.D. in Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California at Los Angeles
Courses taught
Sedimentology (including lab), Seismology (including lab), Earth Structure and Processes, Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction (including lab), Geophysics Research I, Geophysics Research II, General Physics I Lab, General Physics II Lab 

Professional experience
Purdue University, Postdoctoral research associate. I compared the gravity signatures of craters on the Moon and the Earth and showed that the differences are explained by pre-impact variations in the lunar dust.  I accomplished this by simulating crater formation using the iSALE hydrocode and comparing the results with spacecraft observations from GRAIL. 
University of Nantes, Postdoctoral research fellow. I strengthened the case for a controversial late Martian electromagnetic dynamo and further constrained the evolution of Mars by extending the local magnetic analysis of my dissertation to new regions of Mars. 
University of California.
I showed that the electromagnetic dynamo was likely to be active longer than previously thought, that it had two magnetic reversals, and that Mars underwent polar wander.
Adecco Contractor, General Electric Nuclear Energy, San Jose, Calif.
I helped three different power companies increase their power output by about 10% and ensured that their buildings were within their safety design limits. 
Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics
. I worked with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope mission. I conducted experiments on silicon-strip detectors to verify that the piezoelectric effect would not interfere with their ability to detect gamma rays.

Awards and recognition
LPI Career Development Award
NASA Graduate Student Researcher Program Fellowship
UCLA Department of Earth and Space Science Excellence in Teaching Award

Invited talks

Purdue University, Planetary Magnetism, January 2016
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Earth Sciences colloquium, November 2015
Lawrence University, Cross-disciplinary research developments with the social sciences, February 2015 
Auburn University, Lunar and planetary geology seminar, October 2014 
University of Kentucky, Explorations of the Solar System, March 2013 

Press coverage
Sky and Telescope magazine, Interview about Mars, February 2014
The Indy Channel, Interview about the close passage of near-Earth asteroid 367943 Duende, Feb. 2013
Arizona State University, http://redplanet.asu.edu/?p=2035
Community service
Peer review of manuscripts for Icarus, JGR Planets, Planetary and Space Science, and Nature 
Conference session chair at AGU
Served on review panels for six NASA progrms

Education and public outreach
Imagination Station Science Museum, Lafayette, Indiana. Lecture on impact cratering
Women in Science Program at Purdue
I2R at Purdue, a free after-school program for students grades 6-8 on science and engineering
Rensselaer Central Middle School, Indiana, "College Go Week"
Women in Science and Engineering program at UCLA 
University Charter School in Modesto, Calif. Guest speaker for 4th and 5th grade class

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