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.