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Curt Struck

Dr. Curt Struck is a professor of astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University. His main research interests are in the areas of galaxy evolution and astrophysical hydrodynamics. He has been involved in modeling galaxy collisions for more than a decade, and is particularly interested in how collisions induce bursts of star formation. He was one of the first to model the heating and other feedback effects of strong star formation in collisional systems. Currently he is working on the problem of how astrophysical systems use dissipative processes to achieve stable self-regulated, but non-equilibrium, states.

Dr. Struck received his Ph.D. at Yale University under the late Beatrice Tinsley and Richard Larson. He joined the faculty at Iowa State after spending two years as a McDonald Observatory fellow at the University of Texas. He grew up in the Minneapolis area, and did his undergraduate work at Caltech and the University of Minnesota.