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Dr Karen Aplin

Dr Karen Aplin

Dr Karen Aplin
BSc. Hons, PhD, FInstP

Senior Lecturer in Space Engineering

Area of research

Space Science

Office 2.34
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 42 83371

Summary

I am an interdisciplinary physicist with expertise in innovative instrumentation as applied to problems in space and atmospheric science. I have a particular interest in electrical effects and measurements.

Biography

I joined Bristol University in August 2018, having previously been Head of Physics Teaching Laboratories at Oxford University, and before that a Research Physicist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's Space Science Department. I have a PhD in atmospheric physics instrumentation from the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, an undergraduate degree in Physics and Philosophy from Durham University, and a music diploma from Trinity College London.

I am also a Visiting Professor at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Bath University.

Teaching

I currently supervise and assess students taking the major 4th year industrial group project on Space Systems (AVDASI) and several undergraduate student projects. I am an external examiner for an Open University course in Physics and Space Science.

One of my major achievements in my former role at Oxford was to establish and lead the Physics Department's first group industrial project scheme, which significantly modernised the course. 

Keywords

  • novel instrumentation for space and atmospheric deployment
  • electrical measurements
  • planetary analogue experiments
  • ionisation in gases
  • history of science and technology

Memberships

Organisations

Department of Aerospace Engineering

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Research Groups

Recent publications

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Courses

Dr Aplin currently teaches 1 courses:

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