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About Erick Agrimson, MS

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.

Positions

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


Grants

2020 - 2021 Minnesota Space Grant 2020-2021
NASA
Colleague(s): Dr. Rogers
2019 - 2020 Minnesota Space Grant 2019-2020
NASA
2018 - 2019 Minnesota Space Grant 2018-2019
NASA
Colleague(s): Dr. Smith, Dr. Johnson
2017 - 2018 Minnesota Space Grant 2017-2018
NASA
Colleague(s): Dr. Smith, Dr. Johnson
2016 - 2017 Minnesota Space Grant 2016-2017
NASA
Colleague(s): Dr. Smith, Dr. Johnson
2015 - 2016 Minnesota Space Grant 2015-2016
NASA
Colleague(s): Dr. Smith, Dr. Johnson
2015 Minnesota Space Grant 2015 Augmentation
NASA
Colleague(s): Dr. Smith, Dr. Johnson
2014 - 2015 Minnesota Space Grant 2014-2015
NASA
Colleague(s): Dr. Smith, Dr. Johnson
2013 - 2014 Minnesota Space Grant 2013-2014
NASA
Colleague(s): Dr. Johnson
2012 - 2013 Minnesota Space Grant 2012-2013
NASA
Colleague(s): Dr. Flower
2011 - 2012 Minnesota Space Grant 2011-2012
NASA
Colleague(s): Dr. Flower
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Stratospheric Ballooning Association (SBA), Board member
2015 - Present Member, American Institute Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
2005 - Present Member, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
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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:
  • 2015. Using Thermocouple, Thermistor, and Digital Sensors to Characterize the Thermal Wake Below Ascending Weather Balloons Grant
  • 2015. Carol Easley Denny Grant
  • 2014. Continued exploration of the thermal wake beneath ascending high altitude balloons Grant
  • 2014. Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant (APDC)
  • 2014. Clare Booth Luce (CBL) Grant
  • 2013. High Altitude Thermal Wake Investigation 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
  • 2007. 3-M Large Grant

Courses

  • Modern Physics PHYS 2250
  • Ultrasound Physics SONO 2015
  • Conceptual Physics PHYS 1050
  • Physics for the Health Sciences (PHYS 1080/1090)

Education

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

Phone: 651-690-8834

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