Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

DAVID B KIEDA portrait
  • Dean Graduate School
  • Dean, The Graduate School, Graduate School
  • Professor, Physics And Astronomy


Research Summary

My Research focussed on the use of high-energy astrophysical phenomena to explore fundamental forces and particles. I work in the field of experimental high energy gamma-ray astronomy, currently using the VERITAS, HAWC, and FERMI Observatories. These projects provide excellent opportunities for cross-disciplinary international research projects for graduate students. I also use these projects to increase exposure of undergraduate majors in summer and academic term research opportunities.

Research Keywords

  • High Energy Astrophysics, Interest Level: 5
  • Particle Astrophysics, Interest Level: 5
  • Graduate Education, Interest Level: 5
  • Undergraduate Research (UROP), Interest Level: 5
  • Ultra high energy cosmic rays, Interest Level: 4
  • Astronomy Astrophysics, Interest Level: 5
  • Electrical Engineering or Electronics, Interest Level: 4

Research Groups

  • Andy Flinders, Graduate Student. 01/2012 - present.
  • Michael Newbold, Graduate Student. 01/2012 - present.
  • Ahron Barber, Graduate Student. 01/2012 - present.
  • Gary Finnegan, Graduate Student. 01/2012 - present.
  • C. MIchelle Hui, Graduate Student. 01/2012 - present.
  • Jose Cordoza, Graduate Student. 01/2012 - present.
  • Paul Nunez, Graduate Student. 01/2012 - present.
  • Farzenah Sheidaei, Postdoc. 01/2012 - present.
  • Andy Smith, Postdoc. 01/2012 - present.
  • Spencer Hatch, Undergraduate Student. 01/2012 - present.
  • Erik Johnson, Undergraduate Student. 01/2012 - present.
  • Alexandria Parry, Undergraduate Student. 01/2012 - present.
  • Janvida Rou, Undergraduate Student. 01/2012 - present.
  • Jed Schmidt, Undergraduate Student. 01/2012 - present.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • REU Physics and Astronomy at University of Utah. PI: Saveez Saffarian. Co-PI(s): David Kieda. National Science Foundation, 04/01/2013 - 04/01/2017. Total project budget to date: $233,433.00
  • Gamma Ray Astronomy and Particle Astrophysics (Univ. of Utah Group). PI: David Kieda. Co-PI(s): R. Wayne Springer. National Science Foundation, 06/15/2012 - 06/15/2015. Total project budget to date: $1,188,000.00
  • MRI-R2 Consortium: Development of Improved Instrumentation for the VERITAS Gamma-Ray Observatory. PI: David Kieda. National Science Foundation, 04/01/2010 - 03/31/2013. Total project budget to date: $2,177,758.00
  • Gamma Ray Astronomy and Astrophysics with the VERITAS Observatory. PI: David Kieda. Co-PI(s): S. LeBohec. National Science Foundation, 07/01/2009 - 07/01/2012. Total project budget to date: $999,146.00
  • HAWC DEVELOPMENT LANL. PI: KIEDA,DAVID B. DOE LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORA, 12/15/2009 - 09/30/2011. Total project budget to date: $20,000.00
  • VERITAS OBSERVATORY. PI: KIEDA,DAVID B. SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSE, 07/01/2000 - 04/30/2013. Total project budget to date: $206,420.00


  • Formation and Applications of AlCuFe Quasicrystalline Thin Films (#6,294,030). Status: Issued. Inventors: Orest G. Symko, Thierry Klein, David B. Kieda. File date 12/15/1994; Issue date 09/25/2001. Assignee: The University of Utah. Country: United States.
  • Variable Analog Delay Line for Analog Signal Processing on a Single Integrated Circuit Chip (#6,222,409). Status: Issued. Inventors: David B. Kieda, Michael H. Salamon. File date 07/16/1999; Issue date 04/24/2001. Assignee: The University of Utah. Country: United States.