Robert Rosner
William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics; Enrico Fermi Institute; and the College

Department Chair: 1991-1997

Education: Ph.D., Harvard, 1976

Phone: (773) 702-0560
Location: ERC 509

Affiliations: Senior Fellow, Computation Institute; Founding Co-Director, Energy Policy Institute; Faculty, Harris School of Public Policy

Theoretical physics, fluid and plasma dynamics; solar physics; high-energy astrophysics Professor Rosner was Chief Scientist and then Director of the Argonne National Laboratory. He is currently the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, and the College; and a Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute (CI)
Publications: ADS | arXiv | inSPIRE

Research Fields:
Professor Rosner is the past Chief Scientist and Director of the Argonne National Laboratory.

His research work is largely in the areas of theoretical physics and astrophysics, more specifically theoretical and computational fluid and plasma dynamics and plasma astrophysics. He has been especially active in the areas of solar and stellar physics and high-energy astrophysics, as well as in the use of laboratory experiments in verification and validation of simulation codes and in uncertainty quantification of computational modeling. His recent activities have expanded to include code development for more applied areas, including advanced nuclear reactor design, as well as examination of policy implications of various energy production strategies.

Graduate Students
Past Graduate Students: Elizabeth P. Hicks (2011, Astronomy and Astrophysics); Dimitris Giannakis (2009, Physics); Alvaro Caceres-Calleja (2006, Physics); Alexandros Alexakis (2004, Physics); Jonathan Dursi (2004, Astronomy and Astrophysics); Andrea Mignone (2004, Astronomy and Astrophysics); Joseph A. Biello (2001, Astronomy and Astrophysics); Yuan-Nan Young (2000, Astronomy and Astrophysics); Robert Harmon (1999, Physics); Dawn Lenz (1998, Astronomy and Astrophysics); Eun-Jin Kim (1996, Physics); Scott D. Horner (1994, Astronomy and Astrophysics); Louis Tao (1994, Physics); Joseph Werne (1993, Physics)

Teaching Courses
  • [ASTR 24100] The Physics of Stars and Stellar Systems: 2015 - 2016 (Autumn)

Past courses:
  • [ASTR 33000] Computational Physics and Astrophysics: 2004 - 2005 (Spring)
  • [PHSC 11900] Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics: 2014 - 2015 (Autumn); 2013 - 2014 (Autumn); 2012 - 2013 (Autumn); 2011 - 2012 (Autumn); 2010 - 2011 (Autumn)

Department Committees

Past Department Committees:
  • Giant Magellan Telescope - C: 2014 - 2015 (Chair)
  • Undergraduate Committee: 2013 - 2014
  • Awards: 2013 - 2014 | 2012 - 2013