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MIPSE Members

The Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE), sponsored by the University of Michigan, has faculty and staff members from several universities across Michigan and nearby Ohio:

Their research addresses investigating basic plasma phenomena, on earth and in space, and developing society benefiting technologies that utilize plasmas. Membership in MIPSE is open to all faculty and staff at Michigan universities, and to interested researchers located elsewhere who would like to become more closely connected with our activities.

University of Michigan

Materials Science and Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mathematics

Michigan Technological University

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Western Michigan University

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Eastern Michigan University

Physics and Astronomy

University of Toledo, OH

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Michigan State University

Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Physics and Astronomy

Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research

National and International Members

Former Members

  • David Chalenski
  • John Hart
  • James Holloway
  • Paul Keiter
  • Tonghun Lee
  • Benjamin Longmier
  • John Luginsland
  • Stella Pang
  • J. P. Sheehan
  • Daniel Welling
  • Zhongmin (Andy) Xiong

Member Profiles

Rebecca Anthony (MSU)

  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Rebecca Anthony
  • Email: ranthony@msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-432-7491
  • Office: 2453 Engineering Building
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Plasmas for synthesis of semiconductor nanostructures
    • Gas-phase processing and functionalization of nanostructures
    • Aerosol deposition of functional films

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Jes Asmussen (MSU)

  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Director, Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Laser Applications
Jes Asmussen
  • Email: asmussen@egr.msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-355-4620
  • Office: 2120 Engineering Building
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Applications of microwave discharges
    • Plasma processing
    • Theory, modeling and development electron cyclotron resonance plasma
    • Ion and free radical sources
    • Plasma assisted thin film deposition and etching
    • Plasma assisted CVD synthesis of diamond and diamond film applications
    • Microwave sintering and curing of materials
    • Development of industrial plasma and material processing machines

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Scott Baalrud (UM)

  • Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Scott Baalrud
  • Email: baalrud@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-615-5010
  • Office: 2966A Cooley
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Plasma theory
    • Low temperature plasmas
    • High energy density plasmas
    • Particle simulation techniques
    • Strongly coupled plasmas
    • Sheaths, plasma-boundary interactions

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Shanker Balasubramaniam (MSU)

  • Associate Chair, Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Shanker Balasubramaniam

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Sergey Baryshev (MSU)

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sergey Baryshev
  • Email: serbar@msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-355-5066
  • Office: 428 S. Shaw Ln
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Electron emission source, field- and photo-emission, science and technology
    • Plasma (physical and chemical vapor) based materials synthesis and processing
    • Electron gun and acceleration technologies
    • Electron and laser microscopy/spectroscopy

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Frederick Becchetti Jr. (UM)

  • Professor Emeritus, Physics
Fred Becchetti

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Martin Berz (MSU)

  • Professor, Physics and Astronomy
  • Email: berz@msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-884-5583
  • Office: 3253 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Dynamical systems
    • Nonlinear beam physics
    • High-order rigorous computation
    • Non-Archimedean analysis
    • Computational differentiation

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Stephen W. Bougher (UM)

  • Andrew F. Nagy Collegiate Research Professor
Stephen Bougher
  • Email: bougher@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-647-3585
  • Office: 2418C SRB
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Comparative planetary upper atmospheres

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Yingda Cheng (MSU)

  • Professor, Mathematics
Yingda Cheng
  • Email: ycheng@math.msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-353-4671
  • Office: D316 Wells Hall
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Scientific computing
    • Applied mathematics

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Yongjun Choi (MSU)

  • Research Consultant, Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research
Yongjun Choi

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Andrew J. Christlieb (MSU)

  • Professor and Chair, Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering
  • MSU Foundation Professor, Mathematics
Andrew Christlieb

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Herek Clack (UM)

  • Research Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Herek Clack
  • Email: hclack@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-763-6830
  • Office: 169 EWRE
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Non-Thermal Plasma Inactivation of Airborne Viruses and Bacteria
    • Simulation of Electro-Hydrodynamic Phenomena
    • Optical Properties of Particulate Matter

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Lía Racquel Corrales (UM)

  • Assistant Professor, Astronomy
  • LSA Collegiate Fellow
Lía Corrales

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Sean M. Couch (MSU)

  • Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Sean Couch
  • Email: couch@pa.msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-884-5035
  • Office: 3250 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Astrophysical magnetohydrodynamics
    • Core-collapse supernovae
    • Numerical methods for extreme-scale simulation

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R. Paul Drake (UM)

  • Henry S. Carhart Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Space Sciences
Paul Drake
  • Email: rpdrake@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-763-4072
  • Office: 1420 SRB
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • High energy density physics
    • Experimental astrophysics
    • Nonlinear hydrodynamics and radiation hydrodynamics
    • Plasma waves in interplanetary and interstellar space

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August E. (Gus) Evrard (UM)

  • Professor, Physics
August Evrard
  • Email: evrard@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-764-4366
  • Office: 3245 Randall
  • Profile
  • Homepage
  • Research Interests:
    • Computational cosmology
    • Astrophysical plasmas within clusters of galaxies
    • Galaxy formation

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Qi Hua Fan (MSU)

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Qi Hua Fan
  • Email: qfan@msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-355-5066
  • Office: C138 Engineering Research Complex
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Plasma sources
    • Plasma-material interactions
    • Thin film solar cells
    • Supercapacitors
    • Optical thin films
    • Functional coatings
    • Electronic materials and semiconductor devices

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Gennady Fiksel (UM)

  • Research Scientist, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

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John E. Foster (UM)

  • Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
John Foster
  • Email: jefoster@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-764-1976
  • Office: 2915 Cooley
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Low-temperature plasma:
      • Propulsion plasmas
      • Environmental plasmas
      • Space and atmospheric plasma phenomena
      • Energy conversion plasmas
      • Processing plasmas

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Alec D. Gallimore (UM)

  • Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering
  • Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor
  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Alec Gallimore

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Mirko Gamba (UM)

  • Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Mirko Gamba
  • Email: mirkog@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-764-6675
  • Office: 3045 FXB
  • Profile
  • Gas Dynamics Imaging Laboratory
  • Research Interests:
    • Scalar imaging and velocity measurements in turbulent reacting flows
    • Subsonic and supersonic mixing and combustion
    • Laser diagnostics for fluid flows (reacting and nonreacting)

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Yogesh Gianchandani (UM)

  • Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Director, Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2)
Yogesh Gianchandani

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Brian Gilchrist (UM)

  • Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
  • Professor, Applied Physics
  • Director, SPRL/XTRM Labs
Brian Gilchrist

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Ronald Gilgenbach (UM)

  • Chihiro Kikuchi Collegiate Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Ronald Gilgenbach

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Rachel S. Goldman (UM)

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Professor, Physics
  • Associate Director, Applied Physics
Rachel Goldman

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Tamas Gombosi (UM)

  • Rollin M. Gerstacker Professor of Engineering
  • Konstantin I. Gringauz Distinguished University Professor of Space Science
  • Professor, Aerospace Engineering
  • Director, Center for Space Environment Modeling
Tamas Gombosi
  • Email: tamas@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-764-7222
  • Office: 2428 SRB
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Development of a first-principles based, predictive global space weather simulation framework (SWMF) extending from the solar photosphere to the terrestrial atmosphere
    • Physics of the space environments of planets (including Earth) and comets
    • Theoretical investigations of plasma transport in various regions of the heliosphere
    • Fundamental kinetic theory of gases and plasmas
    • High-performance multiscale 3D MHD simulations of solar system plasmas on solution adaptive unstructured grids

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Timothy Grotjohn (MSU)

  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Timothy Grotjohn
  • Email: grotjohn@egr.msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-353-8906
  • Office: 2120 Engineering Building
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Modeling, design, diagnostics, and applications of plasma-assisted materials processes and processing machines

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Joshua Jack (UM)

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Joshua Jack
  • Email: jdjack@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-764-0452
  • Office: 2112 G.G. Brown
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Decarbonization of the water and wastewater sectors via GHG mitigation and reactive CO2 capture, utilization, and valorization technologies
    • Fundamental kinetic and thermodynamic processes at the electrochemical-biological interface
    • Microbial electrochemical technologies (METs)
    • Sustainable system design and environmental data analytics
    • Non-thermal plasma catalysis for CO2 conversion and water treatment

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Surabhi Jaiswal (EMU)

  • Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Surabhi Jaiswal
  • Email: sjaiswa1@emich.edu
  • Phone: 734-487-8646
  • Office: 240G, Strong Hall
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Experimental low temperature plasma
    • Dusty plasma
    • Wave phenomenon
    • Atmospheric pressure plasma
    • Nanoparticle synthesis in highly magnetized plasma
    • Plasma assisted catalysis
    • Plasma diagnostics

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Xianzhe Jia (UM)

  • Associate Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
Xianzhe Jia
  • Email: xzjia@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-764-7220
  • Office: 1433 CSRB
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Space physics and planetary science
    • Global modeling of planetary magnetospheres and plasma-moon interactions
    • Large-scale plasma transport and dynamics in planetary magnetospheres
    • Magnetic properties and interior structures of planetary satellites

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Eric Johnsen (UM)

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Eric Johnsen
  • Email: ejohnsen@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-647-1450
  • Office: 2015 AL
  • Profile
  • Scientific Computing and Flow Physics Laboratory
  • Research Interests:
    • Fluid mechanics
    • Multiphase flows (cavitation, bubble and droplet dynamics)
    • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
    • Unsteady flows
    • High-speed flows and shock waves
    • Turbulence and mixing
    • Interfacial instabilities
    • Non-newtonian flows
    • Plasmas
    • High-performance computing

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Nicholas Jordan (UM)

  • Research Area Specialist Lead, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Nicholas Jordan

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Benjamin Jorns (UM)

  • Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Benjamin Jorns

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L. (Brad) King (MTU)

  • Richard and Elizabeth Henes Endowed Professor (Space Systems), Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Space Systems Research Group
  • Faculty Advisor, Aerospace Enterprise
Brad King
  • Email: lbking@mtu.edu
  • Phone: 906-487-2683
  • Office: MEEM 1014
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Design of in-situ electrostatic probes
    • Ion-energy analysis and time-of-flight mass spectrometry
    • Doppler laser cooling of trapped ions
    • Optical flow diagnostics
    • Antimatter confinement

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Robert Krasny (UM)

  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mathematics
Robert Krasny
  • Email: krasny@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-763-3505
  • Office: 4830 East Hall
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Scientific computing, particle methods

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Karl Krushelnick (UM)

  • Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
  • Director, Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)
Karl Krushelnick

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Carolyn C. Kuranz (UM)

  • Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Carolyn Kuranz
  • Email: ckuranz@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-615-6282
  • Office: 1424A SRB
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • High-energy-density physics
    • Laboratory astrophysics
    • Hydrodynamic instabilities
    • Plasma physics
    • Radiation hydrodynamics

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Mark J. Kushner (UM)

Mark Kushner
  • Email: mjkush@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-647-8148
  • Office: 2236 EECS
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Low temperature plasmas
    • Materials processing
    • Environmental and energy applications
    • Modeling and simulation methods
    • Nanotechnology, microelectronics
    • Fundamental plasma transport
    • Biological and biomedical applications

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Yue Ying Lau (UM)

  • Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Yue Ying Lau

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Kristina Lemmer (WMU)

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Kristina Lemmer
  • Email: kristina.lemmer@wmich.edu
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Experimental plasmadynamics
    • Advanced spacecraft propulsion and electric propulsion
    • Plasma diagnostic development

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Susan T. Lepri (UM)

  • Associate Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
Susan Lepri
  • Email: slepri@umich.edu
  • Phone: 410-575-3774
  • Office: 2417A SRB
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Statistical, trend, error analysis, and interpretation of solar wind composition data and magnetic field data
    • Magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) model validation of space plasmas with observational data
    • Co-Investigator: Constraining Solar Wind
    • Co-Investigator: Ionic Charge States

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Michael W. Liemohn (UM)

  • Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
  • Director, University of Michigan Space Institute
Michael Liemohn
  • Email: liemohn@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-763-6229
  • Office: 1436 SRB
  • Profile
  • University of Michigan Space Institute
  • Research Interests:
    • Energetic particle transport in the Earth's inner magnetosphere
    • Electron and ion transport in the Mars space environment
    • Kinetic theory and modeling
    • Interactions between hot and cold plasma components
    • Plasmaspheric dynamics and modeling
    • Ring current dynamics and modeling
    • Global magnetospheric dynamics and modeling
    • Mars pick-up ion sources, motion, and fate
    • Solar wind and photoelectrons in the strong crustal field region of Mars
    • Plasma wave excitation and wave-particle interactions

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Anatoly (Tolya) Maksimchuk (UM)

  • Research Scientist, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Anatoly Maksimchuk
  • Email: tolya@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-763-6007
  • Office: 1010 Gerstacker
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Laser-matter interaction at relativistic intensities
    • Table-top particle accelerators
    • High-power short pulse lasers

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Ryan McBride (UM)

  • Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
  • Director, Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Microwave Laboratory
Ryan McBride

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Eric Michielssen (UM)

  • Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
Eric Michielssen
  • Email: emichiel@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-647-1793
  • Office: 3420 EECS
  • Profile
  • Associate Dean for Research
  • Research Interests:
    • Computational electromagnetics, fast integral equation based solvers algorithms in both the frequency and time domains, and robust design paradigms
    • Analysis and design of electromagnetic and optical systems (EMI/EMC, antennas, filters, interconnects, platform, terrain, plasmonic devices, etc)

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Mark Moldwin (UM)

  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Chair for Academic Affairs, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
Mark Moldwin
  • Email: mmoldwin@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-647-3370
  • Office: 1418 SRB
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Space plasma physics
    • Magnetospheric and heliospheric physics
    • Upper atmospheric electricity
    • Pre-college space science education

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Michael S. Murillo (MSU)

  • Professor, Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Michael Murillo
  • Email: murillom@msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-432-0196
  • Office: 1508C, Engineering Building
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Strongly coupled plasmas
    • Warm dense matter
    • Ultracold plasmas
    • Dusty plasmas
    • Molecular dynamics
    • Transport
    • Kinetic theory
    • Hydrodynamics

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John Nees (UM)

  • Associate Research Scientist, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
John Nees
  • Email: nees@eecs.umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-615-5450 (office), 734-936-9177 (lab)
  • Office: 2308 EECS
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Laser-plasma interaction at relativistic intensities
    • Attosecond pulses from solids
    • High average power ultra-short laser pulses

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Brian O'Shea (MSU)

  • Graduate Director, Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Brian O'Shea
  • Email: oshea@msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-884-5638
  • Office: 3258 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Theoretical and numerical studies of galaxy formation and evolution
    • Petascale computing

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Tuija Pulkkinen (UM)

  • Professor and Chair, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
Tuija Pulkkinen
  • Email: tuija@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-764-0392
  • Office: 1517 CSRB
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Energetic particle acceleration and magnetic reconnection in collisionless plasmas
    • Wave-particle interactions in collisionless plasmas
    • Space plasma simulations; geospace applications
    • Plasma measurements in geospace
    • Solar wind – magnetosphere coupling; space weather forecasts

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Jim M. Raines (UM)

  • Assistant Research Scientist
Jim Raines

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Nilton O. Renno (UM)

  • Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
Nilton Renno
  • Email: nrenno@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-936-0488
  • Office: 1531C SRB
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Aerosols and climate
    • Astrobiology
    • Instrument development
    • Planetary science
    • Systems engineering
    • Thermodynamics

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Edward Rothwell (MSU)

  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Edward Rothwell
  • Email: rothwell@egr.msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-355-5231
  • Office: 2114A Engineering Building
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Modeling, design, diagnostics, and applications of plasma-assisted materials processes and processing machines

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Mateusz Ruszkowski (UM)

  • Associate Professor, Astronomy
Mateusz Ruszkowski
  • Email: mateuszr@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-255-4249
  • Office: 301C West Hall
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Astrophysical magnetohydrodynamics
    • Numerical simulations
    • Galaxy clusters
    • Accretion phenomena

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Thomas Schuelke (MSU)

  • Director, joint MSU-Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Thomas Schuelke
  • Email: tschuelke@fraunhofer.org
  • Phone: 517-432-8173
  • Office: B100 Engineering Research Complex
  • Profile
  • Fraunhofer USA
  • Research Interests:
    • Physical and chemical vapor deposition
    • Thin film coatings
    • Carbon materials
    • Vacuum arc discharges

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Abbas Semnani (UToledo)

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Director of Plasma-EM-Material Interactions Research Initiatives
Abbas Semnani
  • Email: Abbas.Semnani@utoledo.edu
  • Phone: 419-530-8150
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • EM-plasma interactions
    • Plasma for high-power microwaves
    • Plasma-based impedance tuners
    • Microwave plasma sources
    • Plasma metamaterials

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Max Shtein (UM)

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Chemical Engineering
Max Shtein

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Volker Sick (UM)

  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research
  • Director, Global CO2 Initiative
Volker Sick
  • Email: vsick@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-647-9607
  • Office: 2045 AL
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Global CO2 Initiative
  • Research Interests:
    • Development and application of laser-based and other optical measurement techniques to enable studies of mass and energy transfer at high pressures and high temperatures in mechanically restricted and vibrating environments, such as present in IC engines, stationary combustion, and multi-phase mixing processes

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James A. Slavin (UM)

  • Professor and Chair, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
James A. Slavin

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Timothy B. Smith (UM)

  • Lecturer, Aerospace Engineering
Tim Smith
  • Email: timsmith@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-615-7278
  • Office: 3041 FXB
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Electric propulsion
    • Plasma physics
    • Optical diagnostics

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Fred L. Terry, Jr. (UM)

  • Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Fred Terry
  • Email: fredty@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-763-9764
  • Office: 2308 EECS
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Electronic materials - properties and processing

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Alec Thomas (UM)

  • Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Alexander Thomas
  • Email: agrt@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-763-6008
  • Office: 6108 ERB-I
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Laser-Plasma Interactions:
      • Ultra-high intensity laser-plasma interactions
      • Compact laser-plasma based particle accelerators
      • Particle-in-cell simulation
      • Laser propagation in plasma at high intensity
      • Inertial confinement fusion
      • Vlasov-Fokker-Planck modeling
      • Non-local transport and magnetized plasmas
    • Compact Radiation Sources:
      • Laser-plasma radiation sources
      • Radiation reaction force at high field strengths
      • Radiation generation computational modeling

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Gábor Tóth (UM)

  • Research Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
Gábor Tóth
  • Email: gtoth@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-615-5362
  • Office: 1424C SRB
  • Profile
  • Homepage
  • Research Interests:
    • Algorithm and code development for space and plasma physics simulations

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John Verboncoeur (MSU)

  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor, Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering
  • Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
John Verboncoeur
  • Email: johnv@egr.msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-355-5133
  • Office: 3410 Engineering Building
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Computational plasma physics
    • Electromagnetics
    • Beam physics
    • High field effects including sheath formation
    • Field emission, multipactor, and breakdown
    • Laser-plasma interactions
    • Plasma edge effects
    • Transport
    • Numerical methods
    • Object-oriented techniques applied to scientific computing
    • Visualization, plasma waves and boundary phenomena

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Louise Willingale (UM)

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Louise Willingale
  • Email: wlouise@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-763-4980
  • Office: 6106 ERB-1
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Optics and photonics
    • Plasma science and engineering

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Margaret Wooldridge (UM)

  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Margaret Wooldridge
  • Email: mswool@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-936-0349
  • Office: 2156 GGB
  • Profile
  • Combustion Laboratory
  • Research Interests:
    • Combustion, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics including combustion synthesis
    • Pollution mitigation
    • Reburn and co-firing technologies
    • Reaction kinetics
    • Aerosol sampling and transport
    • Optical diagnostics
    • Gas dynamics

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Peng Zhang (MSU)

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Peng Zhang

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Yang Zhang (UM)

  • Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Yang Zhang
  • Email: yzyz@umich.edu
  • Office: 2927 Cooley
  • Profile
  • Research Interests:
    • Matter
      • Far-from-equilibrium physics, long timescale phenomena, and rare events (accelerated molecular simulations, statistical and stochastic thermodynamic theories)
      • Physics and chemistry of liquids and complex fluids, especially under interfacial/non-equilibrium/extreme conditions (water, metallic liquids, molten salts, ionic liquids, electrolyte solutions)
      • Neutron scattering, sources, and instrumentation
    • Machine
      • Swarm robots and collective intelligence
      • Robots in extreme environments
      • Soft robots and human-compatible machines
      • Understandable artificial intelligence

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Shasha Zou (UM)

  • Associate Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
Shasha Zou
  • Email: shashaz@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734-936-8184
  • Office: 1431 CSRB
  • Profile
  • Research Site
  • Research Interests:
    • Space plasma physics
    • Space weather
    • Earth’s magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling
    • Ionospheric irregularities and scintillation

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National and International Members

Natalia Yu. Babaeva

  • Joint Institute for High Temperatures RAS, Moscow, Russia

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Iain Boyd

  • H. T. Sears Memorial Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder

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G. Divya Deepak

  • Assistant Professor, Alliance University, Bengaluru, India

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Yangyang Fu

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China
Yangyang Fu
  • Email: fuyangyang@tsinghua.edu.cn
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  • Research Interests:
    • Microplasmas
    • Electrical breakdown
    • Radio frequency discharges
    • Plasma modeling and simulations
    • Low-temperature plasma applications

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María Carmen García Martínez

  • Professor, Applied Physics, University of Córdoba, Spain
Rebecca Anthony
  • Email: fa1gamam@uco.es
  • Phone: +34-957212633
  • Office: Edificio Albert Einstein, Planta 1, Campus de Rabanales, Universidad de Córdoba (Spain)
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  • Research Interests:
    • Fundamentals and applications of Microwave Induced Plasmas
    • Optical Emission Spectroscopy techniques for plasma diagnosis
    • Environmental plasmas

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Dennis Grimard

  • Associate Director of Operations, MIT.nano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Srikanth Itapu

  • Acting Head, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Alliance University, Bengaluru, India

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Chandrashekhar Joshi

  • Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of California-Los Angeles

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Justin Kasper

  • Deputy Chief Technology Officer, BWX Technologies

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Hae June Lee

  • Professor, Electrical Engineering, Pusan National University, Republic of Korea

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Shuichi Takayama

  • Professor, Georgia Tech

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Yifei Zhu

  • Researcher, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

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Thomas H. Zurbuchen

  • Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA

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