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7th MIPSE Graduate Symposium

The 7th Annual MIPSE (Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering) Graduate Student Symposium took place on October 5, 2016 at the University of Michigan. The symposium included a special seminar by Prof. Luís O. Silva of the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) Lisboa, Portugal, titled "In Silico Plasmas under Extreme Conditions: from Particle Accelerators to Pair Plasmas in Pulsars". We especially thank Prof. Silva and our MSU and MTU colleagues for coming to the symposium.

We had a total of 39 poster presentations – including 31 presentations by UM students, 7 by MSU students, and 1 presentation from MTU. We thank all of the presenters for their excellent efforts, and particularly thank Kurt Terhune (supervised by Prof. Brad King) from Michigan Technological University (MTU) for attending the Symposium. This is the first participation by MTU in MIPSE, and we hope that this is just the start of a new partnership. The Symposium was a great success, enabling our students to share the results of their state-of-the-art research.

Best Presentation Award

Best Presentation Award winners

Award winners with judges, left to right: Kevin Ma (U-M), Dr. Yangyang Fu (judge, MSU), Prof. Ryan McBride (judge, U-M), Amanda Charris (MSU), Dr. Christian Durot (judge, U-M), Scott Rice (MSU), Shuo Huang (U-M)

The MIPSE judges (Prof. Ryan McBride, Dr. Yangyang Fu, and Dr. Christopher Durot) for the best presentation competition had quite a challenging task in selecting from the many outstanding presentations. The Best Presentation Award winners are:

  • Amanda Charris (ECE, MSU)
  • Shuo Huang (EECS, UM)
  • Kevin Ma (ME, UM)
  • Scott Rice (ECE, MSU)

The winners received a MIPSE mug, award certificate, and a plasma book of their choice.

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Poster Presentations (in alphabetical order)
  • Abigail Azari
    Investigation of the Evolution of Plasma Injection Events within Saturn’s Magnetosphere (PDF)

  • Keegan Behm
    Production of MeV Gamma Rays through Inverse Compton Scattering (PPTX)

  • Amanda Charris
    The Influence of Substrate Holder Depth on the Surface Morphology and Crystal Shapes of Single Crystal Diamonds Grown via MPACVD (PDF)

  • Timothy Collard
    Initial Plume Characterization of the CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster (PDF)

  • Sarah Cusson
    Investigation of Channel Interactions in a Nested Hall Thruster (PPTX)

  • Ethan Dale
    Sheath Capacitance Effects in High-Speed Langmuir Probes (PPTX)

  • Joshua Davis
    Measurements of Laser Generated X-ray Spectra from Irradiated Gold Foils (PDF)

  • Chad Huard
    Investigating the Role Process Non-Ideality in the Atomic Layer Etching of High Aspect Ratio Features (PPTX)

  • Janez Krek
    KGMf – Model Class and Boltzmann Equation Solver (PDF)

  • Juliusz Kruszelnicki
    Effects of Inter-Pulse Residual Species on Discharges in Packed Bed Reactors (PPTX)

  • Janis Lai
    Probing Interfacial Induced Flows and Instabilities Induced by Plasma Action at the Gas-liquid Interface (PDF)

  • Joseph Levesque
    Exploring Astrophysically Relevant Bow Shocks Using MIFEDS and the OMEGA Laser (PDF)

  • Amanda Lietz
    Impact of Electrode Placement on Rons Production in Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jets (PPTX)

  • Kevin Ma
    Numerical Modeling of LLNL’s Au-Sphere Experiments on the OMEGA Laser (PDF)

  • Ahmet Mazacioglu
    Ignition Systems for Heavy-Duty Natural-Gas Engines (PDF)

  • Grant Miars
    Ion Emission Energetics from a Charged Hollow Cathode Plasma Contactor System (PPTX)

  • Chenhui Qu
    Arrays of Microplasmas for Controlling Properties of Electromagnetic Waves (PPTX)

  • Astrid Raisanen
    Boundary Conditions in a Two-dimensional, Axisymmetric, Direct Kinetic Hall Thruster Simulation (PDF)

  • Kurt Terhune
    Ionic Liquid Ferrofluid Electrospray (PDF)

  • Robert Vandervort
    Experimental Design to Understand the Interaction of Stellar Radiation with Molecular Clouds (PDF)

  • Willow Wan
    Vortex Merger in a Dual-mode, Supersonic Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability Experiment (PDF)