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Monika Kress

Kress, Monika

Associate Professor,  Physics & Astronomy
Professor/Academic,  Biological Sciences-Foundation

Additional Contact Information

Phone Number(s)
(408) 924-5255

Office Hours
Fall 2012 office hours: Thursday 1-4pm

My research focuses on the formation of Earth-like planets, and what meteorites can tell us about this process. I am a member of NASA's Astrobiology Institute and the Virtual Planetary Laboratory.



  • Doctor of Philosophy. Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institu, 1997
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, United States, 1991


Dr. Kress joined the faculty of the Department pf Physics & Astronomy at SJSU in August 2004. She received her PhD in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1997. From 1997-2000, she was a National Research Council postdoctoral research associate at NASA Ames Research Center. From 2000-2004, she was a research associate with the University of Washington's Center for Astrobiology and Early Evolution. She served on the 2003-2004 Antarctic Search for Meteorites.