Graduate Students

Joe Abbate

  • 2018
  • Advisor: E. Kolemen

Andrew Alt

  • 2015
  • Advisor: H. Ji

I spent my first year working in the hall thruster lab working on a magnetically insulated baffled probe.

Kendra Bergstedt

  • 2018
  • Advisor: H. Ji
  • Treasurer of Princeton Women in Plasma Physics

Kendra grew up in Roseville, Minnesota and got her undergraduate degrees in Physics and Math at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Matthew Bledsoe

  • 2018
  • Advisor: Y. Raitses

Abraham Chien

  • 2014
  • Advisor: H. Ji

Dahan Choi

  • 2016
  • Advisor: N. Ferraro

Nirbhav Chopra

  • 2018
  • Advisor: Y. Raitses

Nirbhav Singh Chopra entered the Princeton Program in Plasma Physics in 2018 after receiving undergraduate degrees in Engineering Physics and...

Eric Emdee

  • 2016
  • Advisor: R. Goldston

My research involves a "lithium vapor box" to test a detached divertor concept.

Eugene Evans

  • 2013
  • Advisor: S. Cohen

Yichen Fu

  • 2017
  • Advisor: H. Qin

Deepen Garg

  • 2016
  • Advisor: I. Dodin

Deepen Garg joined the program as a part of the 2016 cohort.

Alexander Glasser

  • 2015
  • Advisor: H. Qin

Alec Griffith

  • 2017
  • Advisor: N. Fisch

Lee Gunderson

  • 2012
  • Advisor: A. Bhattacharjee

Ben Israeli

  • 2017
  • Advisor: H. Qin

Peter Jandovitz

  • 2014
  • Advisor: S. Cohen

Suying Jin

  • 2018
  • Advisors: N. Fisch, A. Reiman

Suying Jin (김소영) joined the Princeton Program in Plasma Physics in 2018, after graduating from UCLA.

Sierra Jubin

  • 2017
  • Advisor: I. Kaganovich
  • Secretary of Princeton Women in Plasma Physics

Sierra Jubin grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, and received her undergraduate degree in physics from Williams College in 2017.

Elijah Kolmes

  • 2015
  • Advisor: N. Fisch

Recently, I have been studying alpha channeling for plasma confinement geometries with radial electric fields.

Brian Kraus

  • 2014
  • Advisors: P. Efthimion, M. Bitter, L. Gao, K. Hill

Brian Kraus joined the program in 2014 and has since been wrestling with the inherent confusion of experimental physics. He grew up in Palmer Lake...

Jeffrey Lestz

  • 2013
  • Advisors: E. Belova, N. Gorelenkov

My thesis research is focused on energetic particle driven instabilities in tokamaks with Drs. Elena Belova and Nikolai Gorelenkov.

Alex LeViness

  • 2018
  • Advisor: D. Gates
  • Vice President of Princeton Women in Plasma Physics

Alex LeViness matriculated into the program with the class of 2018. She grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and...

Kirill Lezhnin

  • 2016
  • Advisor: N. Fisch

We use Plasma Simulation Code (PSC) in order to investigate conditions of the onset of plasmoid instability in the experimental setup for magnetic...

Jessica Li

  • 2018
  • Advisors: N. Fisch, A. Reiman

Jessica Li grew up in Frederick, MD and completed her undergraduate degree in Applied Physics with a minor in Computer Science at Columbia...

Dingyun Liu

  • 2019
  • Advisor: W. Fox

Dingyun Liu grew up in Wuhan, China, and she had her undergraduate education at University of Science and Technology of China.

Nicolas Lopez

  • 2015
  • Advisor: I. Dodin

Nick grew up in sunny California. However, he had to say goodbye to the sun when he attended MIT for college.

Stephen Majeski

  • 2019
  • Advisor: H. Ji

Noah Mandell

  • 2014
  • Advisor: G. Hammett

I am interested in turbulence and transport in fusion plasmas. I am working with Greg Hammett on gyrokinetic simulations of turbulence in the edge...

Jackson Matteucci

  • 2014
  • Advisors: A. Bhattacharjee, W. Fox

My work centers around magnetic reconnection in HED plasmas.

Michael May

  • 2019
  • Advisors: I. Kaganovich, Y. Raitses

Michael Quackenbush May entered the Princeton Program in Plasma Physics in 2019 after graduating from Williams College with degrees in physics and...

Nicholas McGreivy

  • 2017
  • Advisor: A. Bhattacharjee

David Michta

  • 2009
  • Advisor: G. Hammett

Mike Mlodik

  • 2016
  • Advisor: N. Fisch

I am currently working with Nat Fisch, Elijah Kolmes, and Ian Ochs on the topic of wave-driven rotating torus (WDRT).

Vadim Munirov

  • 2014
  • Advisor: N. Fisch

Oak Nelson

  • 2016
  • Advisor: E. Kolemen

I am a graduate student at PPPL working on a thesis entitled "Comprehensive dynamic analysis of the H-mode pedestal in DIII-D." This thesis will...

Richard Nies

  • 2019
  • Advisors: N. Fisch, A. Reiman

Ian Ochs

  • 2015
  • Advisor: N. Fisch

Eric Palmerduca

  • 2017
  • Advisor: S. Cohen

Tony Qian

  • 2019
  • Advisor: M. Zarnstorff

Eduardo Rodriguez

  • 2017
  • Advisor: A. Bhattacharjee

Tal Rubin

  • 2019
  • Advisor: N. Fisch

Jacob Schwartz

  • 2012
  • Advisor: R. Goldston

One of the challenges of a tokamak fusion reactor is managing the interactions between the plasma and its container.

Valentin Skoutnev

  • 2016
  • Advisor: A. Bhattacharjee

My thesis is on the role of the magneto-shear-current effect in the solar tachocline.

Himawan Winarto

  • 2018
  • Advisor: H. Ji

Evan Yerger

  • 2016
  • Advisor: M. Kunz

I am working to elucidate the role plasma waves play in magnetic reconnection that occurs when the solar wind collides with the Earth’s...

Laura Xin Zhang

  • 2016
  • Advisor: F. Poli
  • President of Princeton Women in Plasma Physics

Laura (张歆) came all the way from the other side of the "big pond" otherwise known as the Pacific ocean.

Michael Zhang

  • 2019
  • Advisor: N. Fisch

Hongxuan Zhu

  • 2015
  • Advisor: I. Dodin

Recently, a Wigner-Moyal formulation was developed to describe the generalized Hasegawa-Mima equation (Ruiz et al, Phys.