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Dr. Jordan Steckloff

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Research Scientist

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

Research Interests

Dr. Jordan Steckloff is currently studying the thermodynamic evolution of liquid hydrocarbon pools on the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.  He also 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."  He began a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in January of 2017.  

Dr. Steckloff is also active in the physics education research community, and currently serves on the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Committee on Space Science and Astronomy.  He also lectured introductory physics within the University of Michigan system.

Dr. Steckloff joined the Plantary Science Institute in 2016.


Honors and Awards

2016, Purdue University Karl Lark-Horovitz Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishment

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