William Bristow

William Bristow

Background and Research Interests:

Dr. William Bristow's current research interests include included studies of winds in the upper atmosphere, studies of the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, and space-weather effects on radio propagation, which directly impacts radio communications in high-latitude regions. Dr. Bristow is the principle investigator for the SuperDARN network which consists of two radar systems in Alaska.


  • EE312 - Electromagnetic Waves and Devices
  • EE332 - Electromagnetics Laboratory
  • EE693 - Radar Systems


  • Ph.D. in Space Physics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1992
  • B. S. in Applied Physics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1988
  • B. S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1988

Areas of Specialization:

  • Radar Systems
  • Space Weather and studies of the upper atmosphere.


  • Principal Investigator for the Kodiak, Alaska, SuperDARN radar
  • Co-principal investigator for the King Salmon SuperDARN radar
  • high latitude ionospheric plasma processesusing the SuperDARN HF Coherent Radar Network
  • high latitude ionospheric plasma processes using the Goose Bay HF Coherent Radar

Awards and Honors:

  • Judge for the Alaska Science Symposium
  • Judge for the Fairbanks School District Science Fair