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.
John Foster elected APS Fellow
Prof. John Foster has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, nominated by the Division of Plasma Physics. The citation is “For contributions to improving fundamental understanding of transport across the span of low temperature plasmas, from space propulsion to plasma-liquid interfaces, and for translating that understanding to the development of technologies that benefit society.”
Mentors for junior faculty and scientists
MIPSE invites early career investigators in plasma physics and engineering to be mentored by senior members of the plasma community. For more information and to request a mentor, please see the Mentors for Junior Faculty and Scientists page.
Most powerful laser in the U.S. to begin operations soon
The 3 petawatt ZEUS laser at the University of Michigan has been awarded $18.5 million by the National Science Foundation to establish it as a federally-funded international user facility. ZEUS is expected to begin its first experiments in early 2022.
U-M researchers use Frontera supercomputer to improve space weather forecasting system
Prof. Gabor Toth’s research is featured in the article “Protecting Earch from Space Storms” on the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) website.
Ben Jorns is co-director of $15 million NASA institute
University of Michigan engineers play major roles in the Joint Advanced Propulsion Institute (JANUS) that will develop better ways to test advanced space engines that could one day propel humans to the moon, Mars and beyond. Prof. Benjamin Jorns is co-director of JANUS, headquartered at Georgia Tech; Prof. Alec Gallimore, Prof. John Foster, and several other U-M faculty members and alumni are involved.
Ryan McBride named Director of Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Microwave Lab
Prof. Ryan McBride was named the new Director of the Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Microwave Laboratory (PPML). Prof. Ronald Gilgenbach has stepped down after many years of tremendous service. The PPML is the center of high energy density plasma and high power microwave research.
Anatoly Maksimchuk receives Research Faculty Achievement Award
Dr. Anatoly Maksimchuk received the 2021 University of Michigan Research Faculty Achievement Award in recognition of his impact in high intensity laser-plasma interaction.
Brian Gilchrist featured in The Washington Post
Prof. Brian Gilchrist’s work with a student team was featured in an article by The Washington Post, “The revolution in satellite technology means there are swarms of spacecraft no bigger than a loaf of bread in orbit” (may require registration or a paid subscription for full access) and in Michigan News article “Pioneering a way to keep very small satellites in orbit”.
Final version of Plasma 2020 now available
The final version of the National Academies Plasma 2020 Decadal Study is now available at the National Academies Press website. The publication, titled Plasma Science: Enabling Technology, Sustainability, Security, and Exploration, can be downloaded for free.
Ben Jorns wins 2021 AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award
Prof. Benjamin Jorns is the recipient of a highly competitive AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award. The award is made to early career investigators for notable contributions to the advancement of aeronautics or astronautics. Prof. Jorns’s citation reads: “In recognition of his seminal experimental and theoretical work on wave-driven effects in Hall thrusters and his contributions to the development of advanced thruster technologies.”
Scott Baalrud joins the Editorial Board of Physics of Plasmas
Prof. Scott Baalrud has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Physics of Plasmas.