Louis J. Lanzerotti, Ph.D., a prominent New Jersey-based physicist and member of the National Academy of Engineering and the International Academy of Astronautics, has been appointed distinguished research professor of physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
Through this appointment, Lanzerotti joins the newly named Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, which operates out of the main campus of NJIT, in Newark, as well as at Big Bear Solar Observatory, in Big Bear Lake, Calif. California Institute of Technology transferred management of the well-known solar observatory in 1997 to NJIT.
Lanzerotti will remain a consulting physicist to Bell Laboratories-Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill. Plus, as of February 5, 2003, the American Geophysical Union has named him the editor of Space Weather: The International Journal of Research and Applications. This new journal is the first of its kind devoted to the emerging field of space weather and its impact on technical systems, including telecommunications, electric power and navigation.
“I look forward to continued and closer collaborations with NJIT colleagues in their world-class research and teaching in solar physics, and to serving as editor of this new journal that will be based at NJIT,” says Lanzerotti.
His work at NJIT will continue investigating many unanswered questions about the sun and its effects on the earth’s space environment. Over a career spanning four decades, he has contributed to research that includes studies of space plasmas and geophysics, and engineering problems related to the impact of space processes on terrestrial technologies, as well as those used in space.
Lanzerotti is also known in science circles for having a planet named after him and a mount in the Antarctic. Minor Planet 5504 Lanzerotti is named in recognition of his space and planetary research, and Mount Lanzerotti (74.83° S, 70.55° W) recognizes his geophysical research.
Lanzerotti holds a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Illinois and master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from Harvard University.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has authored more than 500-refereed publications, is co-author or co-editor of three books and has seven issued or filed patents. Lanzerotti, who recently served as the chairman of the National Research Council’s Decadal Survey Committee on Solar and Space Physics, currently serves on the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics.
NASA has twice recognized Lanzerotti’s contributions to science with the agency’s Distinguished Scientific Achievement Medal; he has also received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.
Lanzerotti has served, or is serving, on the boards of numerous national and international organizations. These include chairman, Space Studies Board of the National Research Council; chairman, Fachbeirat, Max Planck Institute for Aeronomy; vice president, Committee on Space Research (COSPAR); member, the American Physical Society’s Committee on Public Affairs; chairman, Committee on Public Affairs of the American Geophysical Union; member, Governing Board and Executive Committee, American Institute of Physics; chair, Advisory Committee for Physics Today.