David J McComas

Professor of Astrophysical Sciences
Vice President for PPPL
Associated Faculty in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980

M.S., Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California Los Angeles, 1985

Ph.D., Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California Los Angeles, 1986


Research Interests

  • Space plasma physics
  • Spaceflight instrumentation and missions
  • Heliosphere interactions with the LSM
  • Heliospheric and magnetospheric physics
  • Planetary magnetospheres
  • See Space Physics at Princeton web page

Awards & Honors

  • 2014 COSPAR Space Science Award
  • NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal
  • James B. Macelwane Medal (AGU)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • AST 555 Space Physics lectures
  • Currently developing a laboratory-based first year seminar
  • Previously (UTSA): Fundamentals of Space Physics, Heliospheric Physics, and Space Physics Lab class
Publications List: 
  • Author of over 700 scientific papers in the refereed literature spanning topics in heliospheric, magnetospheric, solar, and planetary science and space instrument and mission development.