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About Erick Agrimson

Professor Agrimson uses high altitude weather balloons as a delivery method to send up payload boxes with varied instrumentation to study near space. St. Kate’s has had balloons reach altitudes of up to 35,000 meters (~115,000 feet) depending on the size of balloon used and payload mass. One of the current projects involving undergraduate researchers is the study of the thermal wake effect in the stratosphere beneath ascending balloons. Agrimson holds a BS (with a concentration in space physics) from Augsburg College, an MS from the University of Iowa and has completed advanced coursework toward a PhD in plasma physics. He currently is serving as affiliate director for St. Catherine University’s portion of the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, a NASA outreach program. Agrimson teaches the physics for the health sciences course as well as modern physics at St. Kate’s.


2014 - Present Associate Professor, St. Catherine University Physics Department
2006 - 2014 Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University
2004 - 2006 Instructor, The College of St. Catherine
2004 - 2006 Instructor, The Art Institutes International Minnesota
1998 - 2003 TA/RA, The University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy
1996 - 1998 Summer REU/ Researcher, Augsburg College/ University of Minnesota Departments of Physics


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Honors and Awards

  • 2015. Carol Easley Denny award for "Preparations for 2017 solar eclipse" with Dr. Kaye Smith, from St. Catherine University
  • 2014. Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society
  • 2012. Faculty Teaching and Advising Award Nominee, St. Catherine University
  • Grants:
  • 2016. Minnesota Space Grant
  • 2015. Using Thermocouple, Thermistor, and Digital Sensors to Characterize the Thermal Wake Below Ascending Weather Balloons Grant
  • 2015. Minnesota Space Grant
  • 2015. Carol Easley Denny Grant
  • 2015. Minnesota Space Grant Augmentation
  • 2014. Continued exploration of the thermal wake beneath ascending high altitude balloons Grant
  • 2014. Minnesota Space Grant
  • 2014. Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant (APDC)
  • 2014. Clare Booth Luce (CBL) Grant
  • 2013. High Altitude Thermal Wake Investigation Grant
  • 2013. Minnesota Space Grant
  • 2013. Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant (APDC)
  • 2013. St. Catherine University Summer Scholars Grant
  • 2012. Using HOBO Data Loggers with Air/Water/Soil Temperature Probes to Measure Free-Air Temperature on High-Altitude Balloon Flights Grant
  • 2012. Minnesota Space Grant Round II 2011-2012
  • 2011. Minnesota Space Grant Round 1 funding
  • 2007. 3-M Large Grant


2001 Master of Science, Physics / Plasma Physics, University of Iowa
1998 Bachelor of Science, Physics with Emphasis in Space Physics, Augsburg College

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-8834


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