Curriculum Vitae


  • 11 years experience – R&D – Space Weather particle-electromagnetic field numerical modeling and data visualization
  • Expert Computer User (UNIX, Mac OSX, windows), accomplished programmer (Fortran, IDL, Maple, MPI)
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and use complex theories, applying them across disciplines
  • Works well in either individual or team environments
  • Proven multi-tasker with leadership skills and ability to delegate
  • Accomplished public speaker and instructor in various environments


Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) – Hanscom AFB, MA / Kirtland AFB, NM 2005–present

Research Physicist

  • Air Force Weather Agency Energetic Electron Rules of Thumb validated
  • Team Lead of the Energetic Particle Division of Space Weather Forecast Lab (SWFL), AFRL project to collect, evaluate/test and help in transitioning data and models for use by the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) and other interested government agencies
  • Project lead on comparison study of existing empirical relativistic electron prediction models involving the modification, re-writing, analysis and validation of these models
  • Project lead to detail the Low earth Orbit (LEO) energetic electrons using CEASE flown onboard TSX-5 satellite showing further need for an improved AE-8/AP-8 radiation belt model
  • Project lead on study of models to compare calculating Lstar.  This included modification and analysis using many different magnetic field models resulting in estimated Lstar values for satellite data analysis
  • Contributor to the Next Generation Radiation Specification Consortium, a multi-institutional effort, to create specifications defining (AE-9/AP-9) for quantifying electron and proton flux throughout the Earth’s magnetosphere
  • Member of team tasked with creating a new version of AF-GEOspace (a graphics-intensive software program with space environment models and applications) augmenting the manual with examples, quality assurance for the linux version and modifying code then adding to existing models
  • AFRL liaison to the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (CISM) Magnetospheric division by attending CISM meetings, participate in Radiation belt group meetings facilitating two way communications between the groups
  • Ongoing invited speaker at CISM Summer School as an expert on radiation belts and radiation belt modeling

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Research Assistant/Thesis Work 1998–2004

  • Developed three-dimensional particle simulation code to model relativistic radiation belt electrons
  • Used problem-solving skills to debug code and achieve operational status
  • Created Ultra-Low Frequency (ULF) field model based on satellite and ground-based magnetometer data
  • Analyzed results from code to investigate radial diffusion due to resonant interaction of ULF waves with relativistic electrons in the radiation belts
  • Presented results to senior level scientists from the radiation belt community in various settings
  • Wrote successful proposals to obtain funding from NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellowship

Naval Nuclear Power School, United States Navy, Orlando FL 1994–1998

Assistant Division Director

  • Trained, monitored and evaluated 15 junior officers assigned to the division
  • Wrote and edited Standard Lesson Plan used by all instructors ensuring material was concise and accurate
  • Provided guidance to new and experienced instructors for every day items such as counseling students, keeping proper administrative records and maintaining accountability for confidential material
  • Prepared class schedules, teaching assignments and syllabi for five 6-month classes
  • Training Coordinator
  • Used technical knowledge and teaching skills to train/prepare new instructors on teaching techniques, communication and presentation skills and ensured clear understanding of the subject material
  • Managed personnel: maintained training records, kept account of qualifications and scheduled/performed evaluations of instructors in the classroom
  • Interacted daily with new instructors to ensure they met the qualifications to teach within the specified guidelines established by Naval Reactors
  • Successfully completed a training program and subsequently taught specialists in the area of nuclear power
  • Translated key information and presented it to a diverse group of over 800 introductory level students in an understandable manner.  Emphasized key concepts and how it related to their Nuclear Power training


Ph.D. Physics, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 1998–2004

  • Thesis Title: Incorporating spectral characteristics of Pc5 waves into three dimensional radiation belt modeling and the diffusion of relativistic electrons; Advisor: Dr. Mary Hudson

B.S. Mathematics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 1989–1993

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude l  Minor: General Engineering

Professional Development

  • Executive Secretary for the NASA Geospace Guest Investigator Program (GIP) Panel Review
  • American Geophysical Union member since 2000
  • Introduction to IDL class given by RSI Corp, 2002
  • Summer School for High Performance Computational Earth and Space Sciences given by NASA’s Computational Technologies Project at Goddard Space Flight Center, 2002
  • Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (CISM) summer school, 2001
  • Introductory SP Parallel Programming Workshop at Maui High Performance Computing Center, 1999

Computer Skills

  • Languages: FORTRAN, C++, Perl, HDF, MPI, Latex
  • Development: Emacs, vi, BBEdit, CVS, Subversion
  • Data Visualization: IDL, OpenDX, Gnuplot, Maple, Matlab
  • Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Unix, Linux, Windows


  • RVB Technology Transfer/Transition Achievement Annual Award (Team) 2011
  • Technology Transfer Achievement Team Award for AF-GEOspace V2.1 Development Team, 3rd quarter 2006
  • American Geophysical Union Outstanding Student Paper Award, Fall Meeting 2004
  • Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellowship awarded by NASA, 2001-2005
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal awarded by the Secretary of the Navy, 1997
  • Master Training Specialist awarded by the Chief of Naval Education and Training, 1996


  • Perry, K. L., G. Ginet, A. Ling, R. Hilmer, Comparing Geosynchronous Relativitic Electron Prediction Models, Space Weather, in press 2010
  • Ling, A., G. Ginet, R. Hilmer, K. Perry, A Neural Network Based Relativistic Electron Flux Forecasting Model for Geosynchronously Orbiting Satellites, Space Weather, 8, S09003, doi:10.1029/2010SW000576, 2010
  • Perry, K. L., M. K. Hudson, S. R. Elkington, Incorporating spectral characteristics of Pc5 waves into three-dimensional radiation belt modeling and the diffusion of relativistic electrons, J. Geophys. Res., 110, A03215, doi:10.1029/2004JA010760, 2005
  • Perry, K. L., Incorporating spectral characteristics of Pc5 waves into three dimensional radiation belt modeling and the diffusion of relativistic electrons, Ph.D. Thesis, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2004
  • Hudson, M. K., B. T. Kress, J. E. Mazur, K. L. Perry and P. L. Slocum, 3D modeling of shock-induced trapping of solar energetic particles in the Earth’s magnetosphere, J. Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physcis, 66, 1389, 2004
  • Perry, K. L., M. K. Hudson, S. R. Elkington, Correction to “Incorporating spectral characteristics of Pc5 waves into three-dimensional radiation belt modeling and the diffusion of relativistic electrons”, J. Geophys. Res., 111, A11228, doi:10.1029/2006JA012040, 2006


  • Honorably Discharged, Lieutenant (O3), United States Navy, December 1997
  • U. S. Citizen