Felix Parra Diaz

Professor of Astrophysical Sciences
Head, PPPL Theory Department

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Aeronauticos, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 2004

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007

Ph.D., Plasma Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009


Research Interests:

  • Kinetic theory of magnetized plasma for fusion energy and other applications

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow of the American Physics Society, 2023
  • Best Young Theoretical Physicist Award of the Spanish Royal Physical Society, 2015
  • US Department of Energy Early Career Award, 2012
  • Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Thesis Award, 2011 
  • Christ Church Junior Research Fellow, Oxford, 2009
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Physics, 2009


  • APC 503/AST 557 Analytical Techniques in Differential Equations
  • AST 558 Seminar in Plasma Physics
Selected Publications