Brian Cudnik

Brian Cudnik Brian Cudnik

Title: Laboratory Specialist
Phone: (936) 261-3136
Fax: (936) 261-3149
Email: bmcudnik@pvamu.edu
Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Brief Resume

Education:

B.S, Northern Arizona University, 1994
M.S, San Diego State University, 1998

Lab Manuals:

Physics 2111 Lab Manual
Physics 2121 Lab Manual
Physics 2511 Lab Manual
Physics 2521 Lab Manual

Teaching Schedule, Fall 2012

Section
Days
Room
Time
PHYS 2511-P83-University Physics Lab II M NSCI-307 2:00-4:50
PHSC 3083-P01-Intro to Science of Everyday Life MW NSCI-103 3:30-4:50

 

Teaching Schedule, Spring 2012

Section
Days
Room
Time
PHSC 3083-P01-Intro to Science of Everyday Life MW NSCI-A103 3:30-4:50
PHSC 4024-P01-Astronomy & Geology TR NSCI-A104 3:30-4:20

Teaching Schedule, Fall 2011

Section
Days
Room
Time
 PHSC 3083-P01-Intro to Science of Everyday Life MW NSCI-103 3:30-4:50

Teaching Schedule, Spring 2011

Section
Days
Room
Time
 PHSC 3223-P01-Intro to Atmospheric Sci TR NSCI-322 3:30-4:50

Teaching Schedule, Spring 2010

Section
Days
Room
Time
MW
NSCI-A104
3:30-4:50

Teaching Schedule, Fall 2009

Section
Days
Room
Time
TR
NSCI-A104
3:30-4:50
W
NSCI-303
4:00-5:50

Background and Research:

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Cudnik earned a B.S. degree in Physics and Astronomy from Northern Arizona University in 1994 and an M.S. degree in Astronomy from San Diego State University in 1998. He started part-time work with the Prairie View Solar Observatory (PVSO) project in November of 1998 through an outreach technician position at Rice University. This work became full-time, with the transfer of employment from Rice to Prairie View A&M University in April 1999, making his involvement in the project a full-time effort. Until 30 September 2001, before a transfer to his current position as Physics Laboratory Specialist, Mr. Cudnik worked with PVSO, establishing an observing program, publishing several conference proceedings and refereed papers, and mentoring a number of students along the way.

Some of the research that Mr. Cudnik had been involved with over the years included photometric studies and modeling of the over-contact (meaning the stars are physically joined together in a sort of peanut shape) eclipsing variable star W Corvi, narrowband imaging of Jupiter (this project and the W Corvi one were done during his undergraduate years), and narrowband imaging and photometry of the comet Hale-Bopp for his M.S. thesis. He has also done work with solar active regions (sunspot groups) and their flaring activity; and also worked with optical phenomena in planetary transits (crossings) of the Sun. He has also taught introductory astronomy laboratories and courses in university and community college settings, and has been involved in public outreach programs involving “star parties” and planetarium shows.

He is currently involved with the ongoing management and improvement of the laboratories within the Physics department, and is assisting with Project XLR8. He also is active in coordinating observations of lunar meteor impacts. He has lived in the Houston, Texas area since June 1998 with his wife, Susan, whom he married in June 1995.

Mr. Cudnik is author of two books: “Lunar Meteoroid Impact and How to Observe Them” and “Faint Objects and How to Observe Them”. More information about these books can be found on the Springer webpage by clicking here.

Refereed publications that Mr. Cudnik has authored and co-authored to date include the following:

  • Cudnik, Brian M. “Observations of the Inner Coma of C/1995O1 (Hale-Bopp)-Gas and Dust Production”, Planetary and Space Science, v. 53, Issue 6, p. 653-658 (2005).
  • Cudnik, B.M. “Multi-Wavelength CCD Observations of the 15 November 1999 Mercury Transit”, Solar Physics, v. 219, Issue 2, p. 197-216 (2004).
  • Cudnik, Brian M.; Palmer, David W.; Palmer, David M.; Cook, Anthony; Venable, Roger; Gural, Peter S. “The Observation and Characterization of Lunar Meteoroid Impact Phenomena”, Earth, Moon, and Planets, v. 93,Issue 2, p. 97-106 (2003).
  • Cudnik, Brian M.; Palmer, David W.; Palmer, David M.; Cook, Anthony; Venable, Roger; Gural, Peter S. “Ground-Based Observations of Lunar Meteoritic Phenomena”, Earth, Moon, and Planets, v. 93,Issue 3, p. 145-161 (2003).
  • Pojoga, Sorin, Cudnik, Brian. “The Clustering Properties of Active Regions During the First Part of Solar Cycle 23″, Solar Physics, v. 208, Issue 1, p. 17-32 (2002).

Memberships and Community Involvement:

Mr. Cudnik is a member of two professional societies and several non-professional societies, some of which collaborate with the professional astronomy community. In his spare time, he is involved in astronomical work that has professional-amateur collaborative benefits, including the coordination of a network of amateur astronomers to monitor the moon for lunar meteor impacts (such as the one witnessed firsthand in November 1999 and the man-made impact of the LCROSS booster rocket and spacecraft on October 9, 2009).

In addition to the above professional, semi-professional, and amateur activities, Mr. Cudnik is actively involved in God’s work through Houston First Church of God. His involvement with this church helps to bring fulfillment and purpose to his life as well as to the community.

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