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Dr. Jordan Steckloff

Associate Research Scientist

Currently resides in Whitmore Lake, MI
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Areas of Expertise
Asteroids, Charon, Comets, Dwarf planets, Kuiper Belt, Pluto, Trans-Neptunian objects | EPOXI, Stardust-NExT | Celestial Mechanics, Education/Public Outreach, Numerical modeling, Thermal modeling

Research Interests

Dr. Jordan Steckloff studies the dynamical, physical, and structural evolution of cometary bodies in the Solar System.  He is also interested in the geophysical processes that alter the surface of Pluto and reorient its rotational axis.  Recently, Dr. Steckloff has become interested in the dynamical evolution of small exoplanetary bodies that have been detected by the Kepler spacecraft. 

Dr. Steckloff is also active in the Physics Education community, and is currently developing student-centered, inquiry-based classroom activities that teach physics and planetary science by having students analyze and interpret scientific data.  

Professional History

Dr. Jordan Steckloff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Economics, and German from the University of Michigan in 2009.  He later received his Master of Science degree in Physics from Purdue University in 2009.  Dr. Steckloff served on the Federal Relations Subcommittee of the American Astronomical Society - Division of Planetary Science from 2012 to 2015.  In 2015, he received his Ph.D. in Physics from Purdue University for his dissertation entitled "On the Interaction of Sublimating Gases with Cometary Bodies."  Dr. Steckloff joined the Plantary Science Institute in 2016.


Honors and Awards

2016, Purdue University Karl Lark-Horovitz Award

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