Charles J. Farrugia
Ph.D., University of Bern, Switzerland
Charles Farrugia was born on the island of Malta. He earned a BS from the University of Malta, an MS and a D. Phil. from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and a Diploma in Education from the University of London, England.
Farrugia has carried out space science research at the University of Bern, Switzerland; Imperial College, London, England; NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and the University of New Hampshire. His research activity focusses on (i) magnetohydrodynamic flow of the solar wind around the magnetosphere; (ii) processes at the magnetopause and its boundary layers, and their ionospheric and auroral signatures; (iii) magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling using ground-based and space-borne instruments during magnetic conjunctions; (iv) interplanetary planar structures and magnetic clouds; (v) the interaction of the solar wind with the magnetosphere in its various facets including strong forcing during Earth passage of magnetic clouds; (vi) the prediction of strong geomagnetic disturbances from the inner heliosphere as one thrust of space weather. Farrugia published over 200 papers in these areas, including various reviews. He is associate scientist on the soon-to-be-launched STEREO/PLASTIC investigation. Farrugia's research is funded by grants from NASA.
Farrugia is also a professional teacher with many years of teaching experience at various levels in four countries: from high school physics to adult physics education to teaching and tutoring university physics courses. At the University of Malta (1993-1996) he lectured on the Pedagogy of Science. He enjoys working with students and, besides supervising MS and PhD theses, he has also published several papers with undergraduate and graduate students.
Farrugia was a European Space Agency fellow at Imperial College, the University of London (1984-1986). He is a referee of scientific journals, among which are J. Geophys. Res, Geophys. Res. Lett., Annales Geophysicae and articles for AGU monographs. He is also a referee of NASA and NSF proposals.