Colloquium Speaker: Dr. Ilia I. Roussev
Program Director, National Science Foundation

Dr. Roussev received his PhD from the Queen’s University at Belfast in 2001 on numerical investigations of explosive events in the Sun’s transition region. He then worked at the University of Michigan – first as a postdoc and then as a research scientist – until 2006, where he conducted numerical studies of coronal mass ejection and solar energetic particles. In 2006, he began a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) in Hawaii, where he established and led the Center for Computational Heliophysics in Hawaii (C2H2). The C2H2 was heavily involved not just in basic research of solar eruptive phenomena, but also in compelling educational and public outreach activities. In 2013, Dr. Roussev was offered the opportunity to join the NSF as a program director for the Solar-Terrestrial Research program in the Division of AGS; he remains in this role up to present day. He has been an author or co-author on more than 65 peer-reviewed publications, and he served as the PI or Co-PI on several federal grants from NASA and NSF, while leading the C2H2 at the IfA in Hawaii.