Peter Bruggeman is inaugural recipient of U-M Prize in Plasma Science and Engineering
Prof. Peter J. Bruggeman of the University of Minnesota has been awarded the University of Michigan Prize for Excellence in Plasma Science and Engineering, “For contributions to the understanding of non-thermal plasma interactions with solids, liquids, and living matter, scientific leadership, and advancement of plasma-based technologies enabling applications in plasma-biology, chemical conversion, and water treatment.”
Joel Fajans featured in Berkeley News
The Berkeley News article “Antimatter embraces Earth, falling downward like normal matter” features the research of Prof. Joel Fajans, a former MIPSE seminar speaker.
Astrophysics, nuclear fusion centers receive $27M
Congratulations to Prof. Carolyn Kuranz and Prof. Ryan McBride on the renewal and expansion of their plasma science centers, funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration! Prof. Kuranz directs the Center for High Energy Density Laboratory Astrophysics Research, which has been renewed for 5 years with $12.5 million funding. Prof. McBride directs the Center for Magnetic Acceleration, Compression and Heating which has also been renewed for 5 years with $14.5 million in funding.
Brad King’s company featured in This Is Michigan
Orbion, a company founded by Prof. Brad King of Michigan Tech, was featured in a This Is Michigan’s article, “Far out: Rocket company boosts Houghton’s economy”.
Louise Willingale receives 2023 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award
Prof. Louise Willingale received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science “for exceptional contributions to research and education in laser-plasma science”. The award recognizes individual faculty for special contributions made in teaching, research, and/or service.
UM Prize for Excellence in Plasma Science and Engineering 2023 - Call for Nominations
The Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering and the University of Michigan College of Engineering have established the UM Prize for Excellence in Plasma Science and Engineering to acknowledge contributions to significant advances in plasma science and engineering that have or will lead to significant societal benefits. Nominations (due June 1, 2023) are solicited from the general plasma community, see the Prize webpage for details.
Michael Liemohn receives Trudy Huebner Service Excellence Award
Prof. Michael Liemohn received the Trudy Huebner Service Excellence Award for his excellent service in the space sciences and at the University of Michigan. This award honors faculty who demonstrate significant service to the college or university, including advising student groups and developing extracurricular programs.
Brian Gilchrist receives Neil Van Eenam Memorial Undergraduate Teaching Award
Prof. Brian Gilchrist received the 2022-23 Neil Van Eenam Memorial Undergraduate Teaching Award from the College of Engineering for his sustained and impactful contributions to undergraduate education at Michigan.
Carolyn Kuranz and Ryan McBride comment on the NIF announcement
Prof. Carolyn Kuranz was quoted on TechCrunch and published an article explaining the major breakthrough in fusion. Prof. Ryan McBride was quoted on NPR.
MSU leads MMICC center on Fusion Energy Modeling
The CHaRMNET Mathematical Multifaceted Integrated Capability Center (MMICC) is motivated by the need to develop accurate long-term modeling of plasma systems for fusion energy and national security that are suitable for optimization and uncertainty quantification at the engineering scale. Led by Michigan State University and Los Alamos National Laboratory, CHaRMNET brings together national leaders from five universities and four DOE national labs in the mathematical modeling of plasmas.
Carolyn Kuranz to present a Saturday Morning Physics lecture
On December 10, 2022, Prof. Carolyn Kuranz will present a public lecture titled “Fluid Instabilities: Stars, Bars, and Fusion”, as part of the Saturday Morning Physics lecture series.
Update: The lecture is available on YouTube.
Louise Willingale, Justin Kasper, and Franklin Dollar elected APS Fellows
Three members of the MIPSE community were elected 2022 Fellows of the American Physical Society:
- Prof. Louise Willingale: “For significant contributions to the experimental understanding of ion acceleration, electron acceleration and magnetic field dynamics resulting from relativistic laser plasma interactions.”
- Prof. Justin Kasper: “For fundamental contributions to the understanding of instabilities, collisions, and heating in the solar wind, and for conceiving and building innovative spacecraft instrumentation that has advanced the field of space plasma physics.”
- MIPSE alum and 2011-2012 MIPSE Fellow, Prof. Franklin Dollar: “For exceptional contributions to intense field laser science and for exceptional service in promoting a diverse and inclusive plasma physics community.”
Xianzhe Jia receives U-M Faculty Recognition Award
Prof. Xianzhe Jiahas received the Faculty Recognition Award from the University of Michigan. The award honors faculty who have made remarkable achievements in scholarly research or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, adviser and mentor; and distinguished participation in service activities of the university and elsewhere.
Dissertation defense: Brandon Russell (EECS)
Brandon Russell’s PhD defense will be on September 26, 2022, at 2:00 pm. Brandon is a 2019-2020 MIPSE Fellow. Dissertation title: Magnetic Field Dynamics and Shock Physics at the High Intensity Frontier of Laser Plasma Interactions. Chair: Prof. Louise Willingale.
Q&A session with NSF Program Director for Plasma Physics
MIPSE students and post-docs are invited to meet with Dr. Vyacheslav (Slava) Lukin, National Science Foundation Program Director for Plasma Physics. MIPSE will host an in-person Q&A session with Dr. Lukin for graduate students and post-docs to discuss plasma physics programs and opportunities at the NSF. The session will be on Tuesday, September 27, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, on the U-M North campus, 3213 LEC (Johnson Rooms). Refreshments will be provided.
Advance registration is required. Please register here by September 23, 2022. If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This session will be a follow-up to the NSF Plasma Physics Semi-Annual Webinar, to be held on Friday, September 23, 3:00 - 4:00 pm. It is strongly recommended to attend the Webinar in preparation for the Q&A session.
Louise Willingale named Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences
Prof. Louise Willingale has been named a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. She served as a featured speaker at the 2022 Kavli Frontiers of Science U.S. Symposium, which is the Academy’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists.
1st US Low Temperature Plasma Summer School
The 2022 1st US Low Temperature Plasma School will be held at the University of Minnesota on June 12-17, 2022. The Summer School is intended to provide an opportunity for graduate students to be immersed in the fundamentals and applications of low-temperature plasmas for one week and to learn from leading researchers in their field. Registration deadline: May 1st, 2022, or until the maximum number of participants is reached.
Rachel Goldman named AAAS fellow
Prof. Rachel Goldman was elected as a 2021 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to research and education in materials physics, particularly for elucidating the role of local solute configurations on novel functionalities of semiconductor alloys.
Carolyn Kuranz featured in Vox
Prof. Carolyn Kuranz was quoted in a Vox article on fusion energy.