Joseph O'Rourke

Asst Professor
Post Doctoral Scholars
TEMPE Campus


Joseph Ghilarducci O’Rourke joins ASU as an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration in January of 2020. He’s a planetary scientist specializing in understanding how dynamic processes deep within planets control their surface conditions over geologic time, including volcanism, tectonics, and magnetism. His research covers many planetary bodies including Earth, Venus, Mars, large asteroids and exoplanets. He’s increasingly involved in proposing spacecraft mission and instrumentation development for solar system exploration.


Ph.D. California Institute of Technology


Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
SES 494 Special Topics
SES 598 Special Topics
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research