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.