A startup company founded by L. Brad King takes top prize in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition
Orbion Space Technology, a firm founded by L. Brad King, participated in the 2017 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in Detroit. Orbion won $500,000 in cash and an additional $39,000 in in-kind services.
MIPSE reception at APS Division of Plasma Physics meeting
On October 23rd 2017, the first MIPSE reception was held during the 59th annual meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics in Milwaukee, WI. Nearly 100 MIPSE faculty, students, and alumni attended, as well as past MIPSE speakers and members of the DPP Executive Committee. Select MiPlasma videos from our MIPSE speaker seminar series played throughout the reception. If you missed the reception, we hope to see you at the next DPP meeting in Portland, OR.
Alec Gallimore and Scott Hall interviewed about the record-breaking Hall thruster
Prof. Alec D. Gallimore, Dean of Engineering, and MIPSE student Scott Hall were featured in several news articles about the X3 ion thruster:
Michael Keidar receives Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics
Prof. Michael Keidar, a former MIPSE speaker, has received the 2017 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics from AIP Publishing. The annual award is presented in collaboration with the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics, to recognize outstanding plasma physics research by a Physics of Plasmas author.
John Nees elected OSA Fellow
John Nees has been elected Fellow of OSA, the Optical Society, “for contributions to the development of short pulse high rep rate laser technology as well as to the science of high intensity short pulse laser interactions with matter.”
Amanda Lietz receives ISPC 2017 Student Oral Presentation Award
Amanda Lietz received Student Oral Presentation Award for her talk “Mechanisms of Induced Turbulence in Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jets” at the 23rd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry in Montréal, Canada.
Paul Drake wins the Teller Medal
R. Paul Drake received the American Nuclear Society Fusion Energy Division’s Teller Medal for his seminal work in radiation hydrodynamics, hydrodynamics, and laser-plasma interactions, and for educational contributions, advancing fundamental high-energy-density physics and its applications to astrophysics. The Edward Teller Medal recognizes pioneering research and leadership in the use of laser and ion-particle beams to produce unique high-temperature and high-density matter for scientific research and for controlled thermonuclear fusion.
Chad Huard receives Best ALE 2017 Student Oral Award
The Atomic Layer Etching 2017 Workshop (ALE 2017) presented Chad Huard with a first-time Best Student Oral Award for his talk “Reactor Scale Uniformity Enabled by Atomic Layer Etching”.
Ron Gilgenbach receives IEEE 2017 Peter Haas Award
Ronald Gilgenbach was named the recipient of the IEEE 2017 Peter Haas Award for outstanding contributions to education in pulsed power technology. The award will be presented and an Invited Plenary talk will be given at the IEEE Pulsed Power Conference in June, 2017 (Brighton, United Kingdom).
Y. Y. Lau receives IEEE 2017 John R. Pierce Award
Y. Y. Lau was named the recipient of the IEEE 2017 John R. Pierce Award for seminal contributions to our understanding of the technical foundations of vacuum electronics, and for training generations of talented engineers and scientists in the field (press release).
Mark Moldwin named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Mark Moldwin is one of six faculty members who have been honored for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education as this year's recipients of Arthur F. Thurnau Professorships.
Carolyn Kuranz receives 2017 Laboratory Astrophysics Division Early Career Award from American Astronomical Society
The 2017 Early Career Award, given to an individual who has made significant contributions to laboratory astrophysics within 10 years of receiving a PhD, goes to Carolyn Kuranz (University of Michigan) for seminal laboratory experiments in hydrodynamic and radiation processes relevant to astrophysical dynamics (press release).
Thomas Zurbuchen named head of NASA Science Mission Directorate
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Thomas Zurbuchen as the new associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, effective Monday, Oct. 3 (press release).
Tamas Gombosi, Gábor Tóth develop next-generation space-weather model
Featured in Nature: Tamas Gombosi and Gábor Tóth developed a next-generation space-weather model for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to better predict how incoming solar storms could fry electrical power grids.
Amanda Lietz wins a 1st place prize at the 2015 Engineering Graduate Symposium
Former MIPSE Fellow Amanda Lietz received the 1st place NERS poster prize at the 2015 Engineering Graduate Symposium.
Eric Michielssen named the Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering
Congratulations to Professor Eric Michielssen for being named the Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering, in recognition of his outstanding reputation and contributions in the areas of research, education, and leadership!
Amanda Lietz receives ISPC 2015 poster prize
MIPSE Fellow Amanda Lietz received a prestigious poster award at ISPC 22 - 22nd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry.
Chuanfei Dong receives Richard and Eleanor Towner Award and Award for Outstanding Students Abroad
MIPSE Fellow Chuanfei Dong received the Richard and Eleanor Towner Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement from the College of Engineering, and the Award for Outstanding Students Abroad from China Scholarship Council.
Chuanfei Dong wins NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship
MIPSE Fellow Chuanfei Dong won the NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship, to work at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
Kentaro Hara wins the 2015 NPSS Graduate Scholarship Award
Former MIPSE Fellow Kentaro Hara received the 2015 NPSS Graduate Scholarship Awards. This award recognizes contributions to the fields of nuclear and plasma science by a graduate student.
Carolyn Kuranz elected Member of APS DPP Executive Committee
Dr. Carolyn Kuranz has been elected a Member of the APS Division of Plasma Physics Executive Committee.
Iverson Bell wins second place at the 2014 Small Satellite Conference
MIPSE Fellow Iverson Bell is a finalist in the 22nd Annual Frank J. Redd Student Competition at the 2014 Small Satellite Conference. The student competition provides students with the opportunity to share their work on small satellite concepts and missions.
Tamas Gombosi appointed Distinguished University Professor
Professor Tamas Gombosi is one of eight faculty members who have received one of the University of Michigan's top honors as Distinguished University Professors.
Eric Michielssen Receives IEEE APS Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award
Professor Eric Michielssen has been awarded the 2014 IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award, "In recognition of being an outstanding educator, mentor and role model for the next generation of faculty members."
MIPSE Fellow Kentaro Hara wins the ICOPS/BEAMS 2014 Student Paper Award
Kentaro Hara received the ICOPS/BEAMS 2014 Outstanding Student Paper Award.
Mark Moldwin wins Teaching Innovation Prize
Professor Mark Moldwin's project "Doing Science Firsthand Through Dorm-Room Labs" was one of five winners of the sixth annual Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize.
Mark Moldwin receives a Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award
Professor Mark Moldwin, along with five other U-M faculty members and one professional staff member who have shown dedication to developing cultural and ethnic diversity at U-M, has received a 2014 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost.
Shuichi Takayama receives Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award
Professor Shuichi Takayama received the 2014 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award.
Kentaro Hara awarded Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement
MIPSE Fellow Kentaro Hara was awarded Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement. The prize is presented to the outstanding graduate student in each degree program. Criteria considered by the department awards committee include active participation in research, leadership and academic performance (GPA).
PRL paper highlighted on the APS website
The APS website highlights the paper "Ultrafast Electron Radiography of Magnetic Fields in High-Intensity Laser-Solid Interactions", co-authored by several MIPSE members, students, and alumni. The paper was published in Physical Review Letters in January 2013.
John Verboncoeur named IEEE Fellow
Professor John Verboncoeur has been named IEEE Fellow for his "contributions to computational plasma physics and plasma device applications".
Nano-Origami Project receives funding from NSF
The interdisciplinary project "Multi-scale Origami for Novel Photonics, Energy Conversion" received a $2 million grant from NSF. Congratulations to MIPSE members Max Shtein (PI) and John Hart (co-PI), and to co-PIs Pei-Cheng Ku, Nicholas Kotov, and Sharon Glotzer!
Jyoti Mazumder honored with Distinguished University Innovator Award
Professor Jyotirmoy Mazumder has been selected to receive the Distinguished University Innovator Award for 2012. The award honors faculty who have made important and lasting contributions to society by developing novel ideas and insights through their research and then translating them to practice.
Jyoti Mazumder elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Congratulations to Professor Jyotirmoy Mazumder on his election to the National Academy of Engineering "for quantitative transport modeling for laser interaction and design and commercialization of direct metal deposition machines"!
Alexander Thomas receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Alec Thomas on his AFOSR Young Investigator Award "Understanding Intense Laser Interactions with Solid Density Plasma"!
Peng Zhang receives the Young Investigator Award at the IEEE 2011 Holm Conference on Electrical Contact
Congratulations to Peng Zhang, MIPSE Fellow and advisee of Prof. Y.Y.Lau, on receiving the Young Investigator Award at the IEEE 2011 Holm Conference on Electrical Contact (Minneapolis, MN, September 11-14, 2011).
Alexander Thomas receives NSF CAREER Award
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Alec Thomas for his NSF CAREER Award "Bright Femtosecond x- and Gamma-Ray Pulse Production Using Ultra-Intense Lasers"!
Cyril Galitzine receives the CoE Graduate Distinguished Achievement Award
Congratulations to Cyril Galitzine, MIPSE Fellow and advisee of Iain Boyd, on receiving the CoE Graduate Distinguished Achievement Award. The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate and graduate student in each academic program in the College of Engineering.
Mark Kushner elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Professor Mark J. Kushner has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to low-temperature plasmas for semiconductors, optics, and thin-film manufacturing.
Iain Boyd named AIAA Fellow
Congratulations to Professor Iain Boyd on his appointment as Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)!
Call for Papers: Images in Plasma Science
The IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science (TPS) will have the 6th Triennial Special Issue of "IMAGES IN PLASMA SCIENCE"to be published August 2011. This issue will present unique experimentally or computationally generated images of plasma phenomena which provide insight to the physics of the process and which are aesthetically pleasing. The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2010.
HP Labs Innovation Grants for Plasma Physics Research
HP announced that a total of sixty projects from 46 universities in 12 countries will receive 2009 Innovation Research Program (IRP) awards from HP Labs. At the University of Michigan, Professor Mark Kushner will be looking to better understand micro-plasmas.
U-M one of first universities to offer formal program in plasma science and engineering
Plasma science is essential to many areas of national interest, including healthcare, energy, homeland security and the semiconductor industry. A new certificate program in plasma science and engineering at the University of Michigan (U-M) aims to bring together resources and expertise from across campus to create a formal, eclectic, interdisciplinary program for students interested in this pervasive field.
MIPSE Officially Announced and Launches Website
The Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE) is officially announced and launches its new website.