Devon Burr is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences who studies surface geology of planetary bodies like Mars, Titan, and the icy moons in the outer solar system through the use of images, topography, and other remote sensing data to infer the processes. She also explores how wind moves sediment on other bodies by using wind tunnels that allow for the simulation of the pressure, density, or fluid flow of extraterrestrial atmospheres or exospheres.
David “Butch” Irick focuses his research on alternate forms of transportation, fuels, and engines, as well as being the faculty sponsor of the university’s EcoCar program.
The director of a planetarium before turning to academia, Mark Littmann is a journalism professor whose expertise is in science writing and astronomy.
Larry Taylor is a leading expert on the mineralogy and geochemistry of rocks and soils on the Moon and was a member of the team that first discovered water on the Moon. He also is an expert on the origin and nature of natural diamonds, particularly those from Siberia.
Linda Kah combines field work, rock textures, and geochemistry of some of the Earth’s earliest rocks to explore the evolution of Earth’s oceans and the role of microbial life. She is also a co-investigator on the Mars Curiosity rover mission, and is responsible for interpreting depositional environments of Martian rocks.
Josh Emery is an expert in astronomy, particularly that of our own solar system. His research focuses on understanding surface compositions of bodies throughout the solar system, with an emphasis on ices and complex organic material.
Ben Blalock is a leading researcher into computer chip technology and small electronics.
Jeff Moersch is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences whose research focuses on planetary geology and creating new technology for remote sensing.