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Ken Watanabe Profile

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Watanabe, Ken (Ph.D.)

Program Coordinator/Professor, Astrophysics
Department of Chemistry & Physics

WH 0261
Gamma-ray Astrophysics
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Dr. Watanabe worked on several NASA space missions: Compton Gamma-ray Observatory (CGRO), Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE), Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST or Fermi), and ESA’s International Gamma-ray Laboratory (INTEGRAL) while working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. His expertise is High Energy Gamma-ray Astrophysics. After joining FGCU his research has expanded to High Energy Atmospheric phenomena such as Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) and Sprites, as well as optical Blazar monitoring using the SARA (the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy) telescopes. He has taught College Physics with Lab I & II (PHY 2053C & PHY 2054C), General Physics with Lab I & II (PHY 2048C & PHY 2049C), and Essentials of Astrophysics (AST 3211) at FGCU numerous times.

Professional Organizasions

  • Collaborator at Astroparticle PhysicsLaboratory, Exploration of the Universe Division,
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Full member of High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of American Astronomical Society (AAS)
  • Member of International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • COSPAR (Committee On SPAce Research) Associate

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