Associate Professor Xianzhe Jia

Xianzhe Jia

Associate Professor

Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan



Phone:  (734) 764-7220

Office: 1433 Climate and Space Research Building

2455 Hayward St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143


  • Introduction to Space Physics (SPACE 574, offered in Fall semester)

  • Space Weather Modeling (SPACE 477, offered in Winter semester)

  • Climate and Space Sciences Seminar (CLIMATE/SPACE 749, 2017-2018)

Introduction to Space Physics

This is a graduate-level course geared for students interested in physical and aeronomical processes in various space environments. General topics covered in this class include fundamentals of space plasma physics, basic structure and plasma processes related to the Sun, the solar wind, the heliosphere, magnetosphere, ionosphere and the upper atmosphere, and planetary environments.

Space Weather Modeling

This class is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate level students who are interested in learning about various numerical models used in space weather research and forecast. Through this course, students will develop a deep understanding of numerical modeling for space physics applications, learning the different mathematical and numerical approaches, the implicit and explicit assumptions, and the different types and purposes of models. Students will develop familiarity in building and running models including large-scale community models and become familiar with the models available online, especially those at NASA's Community Coordinated Modeling Center ( The opportunity to synthesize their understanding in written and oral reports and the ability to give and receive feedback will be part of this class.