The "Bringing the U to You" Lecture Series is a collaborative effort of the UM Alumni Association and MSU Alumni Foundation.
The U to You Committee is a group of University of Montana and Montana State University alumni committed to connecting the campuses to the Great Falls area through stimulating educational experiences.
David Klumpar, MSU
Made in Montana by Montana students: MSU's Earth-orbiting satellites
February 6, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Entire series: $25 (view here)
Individual lecture: $10/general or $5/students
Limited seating available
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Undergraduate and graduate students at MSU are designing, building, testing and operating Earth-orbiting satellites
through a unique program in MSU’s Space Science and Engineering Laboratory that prepares them for high-tech
careers following graduation. Montana’s first satellite, which has been in orbit since Oct. 28, 2011, passes over
MSU several times each day, allowing student operators to communicate with the satellite, via radio, from a
tracking station in Cobleigh Hall.
David Klumpar, research professor of physics at MSU and director of the space lab, will describe the satellite
program that provides specialized training for hundreds of MSU students to turn them into tomorrow’s scientists
Klumpar earned a PhD in physics from the University of New Hampshire after receiving bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in physics from the University of Iowa. After a 35-year career conducting experimental investigations of
particle acceleration and loss mechanisms in Earth’s geospace, Klumpar took early retirement from the Lockeed
Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, CA, in late 2000 and returned to academia. He is currently on
an extended temporary assignment to NASA Headquarters where he serves as program scientist for NASA’s
Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission.