David Knudsen

David Knudsen

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-8651


Office: SB605C


Educational Background

PhD Space Plasma Physics, Cornell University, 1990

BSc Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University of Science & Tech, 1985


Areas of Research

Physics of the Aurora
Space Plasma Instrumentation
Space Plasma Physics
  • Lead scientist: ESA Swarm Canadian Electric Field Instruments (2013 launch)
  • PI: Canadian ePOP Suprathermal Electron Imager (2013 launch)
  • Mission Scientist: GEODESIC sounding rocket mission (Feb 2000 launch)
  • Co-I: Canadian OEDIPUS-C (1995), NASA Cusp (Dec 2002), NASA JOULE (Mar 2003), NASA JOULE II (2007), and JAXA S-520-23 (2007) sounding rockets


  • NASA Robert H Goddard Group Honor Award for Exceptional Achievement in Science, NASA. 2018
  • ASTech Special Award to the Space Plasma Group for Contributions to Canada’s Space Industry, ASTech. 2018