Erick Agrimson

Associate Professor

651-690-8834

epagrimson@stkate.edu

Professor Agrimson uses high altitude weather balloons as a delivery method to send up payload boxes with varied instrumentation to study near space. St. Kate’s has had balloons reach altitudes of up to 35,000 meters (~115,000 feet) depending on the size of balloon used and payload mass. One of the current projects involving undergraduate researchers is the study of the thermal wake effect in the stratosphere beneath ascending balloons. Agrimson holds a BS (with a concentration in space physics) from Augsburg College, an MS from the University of Iowa and has completed advanced coursework toward a PhD in plasma physics. He currently is serving as affiliate director for St. Catherine University’s portion of the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, a NASA outreach program. Agrimson teaches the physics for the health sciences course as well as modern physics at St. Kate’s.

Master of Science, Physics / Plasma Physics
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 2001

Bachelor of Science, Physics with Emphasis in Space Physics
Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cum Laude, Sigma Pi Sigma (National Physics Honor Society), Presidential Scholarship (4yrs), Honors Program Graduate, 1998

St. Catherine University. (2015). With Dr. Kaye Smith: Carol Easley Denny award for "Preparations for 2017 solar eclipse"

Pi Mu Epsilon. (2014). National Mathematics Honor Society

St. Catherine University. (2012). Faculty Teaching and Advising Award Nominee (Round 1)

Agrimson, E., Smith, K., Flaten, J., Newman, R., Surma, K., Singerhouse, M. ... & Dillon, J. (2015). Using Thermocouple, Thermistor, and Digital Sensors to Characterize the Thermal Wake Below Ascending Weather Balloons.

Agrimson, E., Smith, K., Flaten, J., Blish, M., Newman, R., White, J. ... & Pratt, A. (2014). "Continued exploration of the thermal wake beneath ascending high altitude balloons".

Hedden, R., Blish, M., Grove, A., Agrimson, E. & Flatten, J. (2013). "High Altitude Thermal Wake Investigation".

Agrimson, E. & Flaten, J. (2012). "Using HOBO data loggers with Air/Water/Soil temperature probes to measure free-air temperature on high-altitude balloon flights".

Minnesota Space Grant (2016).

Minnesota Space Grant (2015).

Carol Easley Denny (2015).

Minnesota Space Grant Augmentation 2015 (2015).

Minnesota Space Grant (2014).

Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant (APDC) (2014).

Clare Booth Luce (CBL) (2014).

Minnesota Space Grant (2013).

Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant (APDC) (2013).

St. Catherine University Summer Scholars (2013).

Minnesota Space Grant Round II 2011–2012 (2012).

Minnesota Space Grant Round 1 funding (2011).

3-M Large Grant (2007).

Associate Professor, St. Catherine University, 2014–Present

Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University, 2006–2014

Instructor, The Art Institutes International Minnesota, 2004–2006

Instructor, The College of St. Catherine, 2004–2006

TA/RA, The University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1998–2003

Summer REU/ Researcher, Augsburg College/ University of Minnesota Departments of Physics, 1996–1998

Kim, S., Agrimson, E., Miller, M., D'Angelo, N., Merlino, R. & Ganguli, G. (2004). "Amplification of electrostatic ion-cyclotron waves in a plasma with magnetic -field-aligned ion flow shear and no electron current." Physics of Plasmas. (11, 9, 4501-4505)

Agrimson, E., Kim, S., D'Angelo, N. & Merlino, R. (2003). "Effect of parallel velocity shear on the electrostatic ion-cyclotron instability in filamentary current channels." Physics of Plasmas. (10, 10, 3850-3852)

Agrimson, E., D'Angelo, N. & Merlino, R. (2002). "Effect of parallel velocity shear on the excitation of electrostatic ion cyclotron waves." Physics Letters A. (293, 260-265)

Agrimson, E., D'Angelo, N. & Merlino, R. (2001). "Excitation of Ion-Acoustic-Like Waves by Subcritical Currents in a Plasma Having Equal Electron and Ion Temperatures." Physical Review Letters. (86, 23, 5282-5285)

Agrimson, E. & Smith, K. (2015). "Introduction to High Altitude Ballooning." AAPT Two Year College Meeting

Agrimson, E., Smith, K., Flaten, J., Newman, R., Surma, K., Signerhouse, M. ... & Dillon, J. (2015). "Using Thermocouple, Thermistor, and Digital Sensors to Characterize the Thermal Wake Below Ascending Weather Balloons." 6th Annual AHAC conference

Newman, R., Surma, K., Smith, K., Agrimson, E. & Flaten, J. (2015). "Characterizing the thermal wake below ascending high altitude balloons using Arduino- logged digital temperature sensors." NCUR

Agrimson, E. & Johnson, J. (2015). "Modifications to the Introductory lab for life science majors." AAPT

Newman, R., Surma, K., Agrimson, E., Smith, K. & Flaten, J. (2014). "Arduino Uno microcontrollers measuring thermal effects during stratospheric balloon flights." AAPT

Agrimson, E., Smith, K., Flaten, J., Blish, M., Newman, R., White, J. ... & Pratt, A. (2014)."Continued Exploration of the thermal wake beneath ascending high altitude balloons." 5th Annual AHAC

Blish, M., White, J., Hedden, R., McDonald, S., Flaten, J. & Agrimson, E. (2014). "Investigation of the thermal wake beneath ascending stratospheric balloons." NCUR

Blish, M., Hedden, R., White, J., Agrimson, E., Flaten, J. & McDonald, S. (2014). "Stratospheric Thermal Wake Investigation." Winter Meeting 2014 AAPT

Hedden, R., Blish, M., Grove, A., Agrimson, E. & Flaten, J. (2013). "High Altitude Thermal Wake Investigation." 4th Annual High Altitude Balloon Conference

Agrimson, E. (2013). "Sonography and Physics Classroom Crossover Part II." Winter 2013 AAPT meeting

Agrimson, E. & Flaten, J. (2012). "Using HOBO data loggers with Air/Water/Soil temperture probes to measure free-air temperature on high-altitude balloon flights." 3rd Annual Academic High-Altitude Conference

Agrimson, E. (2011). "The Physics of Kubb." American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

Agrimson, E. (2010). "The Physics of High Altitude Ballooning." The American Association of Physics Teachers

Agrimson, E. & Hummel, S. (2009). "Ultrasound it's more than just babies!" Minnesota Microscopy Association Meeting

Agrimson, E., Hummel, S. & Flower, T. (2009). "Sonography and Physics Classroom Experience Crossover." American Association of Physics Teachers