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About Jennifer (Jinni) Meehan

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Physics Department at Utah State University working with Dr. Jan Sojka and a fellow in the Institute of Government and Politics working with Dr. Neil Abercrombie.

What do I do? In the summer of 2009 I had a summer fellowship with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) with a research focus on Space Weather and Global Positioning System (GPS) Policy issues and answered questions like: how does space weather effect GPS, who uses GPS and what is science policy? Ever since my fellowship I've attended numerous space weather meetings and conferences. Every interaction I’ve had with government, industry, and academic representatives of the space weather community as well as a main underlying theme at every conference I’ve attended is this: there is a strong need for understanding the Sun-Earth connection and being able to capture that on a model with the optimal objective of producing predictions with significant lead time especially when it comes to disruptions in the ionosphere.

Why am I interested in this? Because of my 2009 AMS summer fellowship I've become infatuated with the GPS industry and had the chance to pick apart the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center’s navigational products customer list. Firsthand I saw all the unique ways GPS is used and how this infrastructure could see devastation if GPS were to be disrupted by a space weather phenomena.


Present Legislative Policy Fellow, Utah State University Federal and State Relations
Present Instructor, Utah State University
Present Graduate Student Researcher, Utah State University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • USU Adams Scholar
  • Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
  • National Scholars Honor Society
  • Chi Epsilon Pi National Meteorology Honor Society


Present PhD, Utah State University ‐ Physics

Contact Information

Utah State University
Department of Physics
4405 Old Main
Logan, UT 84322-4405
Phone: 435.757.0889