Graduate Student Alumni

PhD Graduates

Dr. Evan Aguirre
Spontaneous Formation of Ion Holes and Ion Beams in Expanding Plasmas
Now a visiting assistant professor at Roanoke College

Dr. Bill Amatucci
Experimental Observation of Ion-Cyclotron Turbulence in the Presence of Transverse-Velocity Shear Layers, April 1994
Now a Staff Scientist at
The Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, DC

Dr. Matthew Balkey
Optimization of a Helicon Plasma Source for Maximum Density with Minimal Ion Heating, December 2000

Dr. Matthew Beidler
Now a postdoctoral researcher at UW-Madison

Dr. Ioana Biloiu
Laser Induced Fluorescence studies of ion acceleration in single and multiple species expanding helicon plasma, 2009
Now a Research Scientist at the Mitre Corporation
Boston, MA

Dr. Jerry Carr
Laser Induced Fluorescence Studies of Electrostatic Double Layers in an Expanding Helicon Plasma - 2013
Now a program manager at the National Energy Technology Laboratory

Dr. Jim Carroll
Experimental Investigation of the Inhomogeneous Energy Density Driven Instability, April 1997
Now a Professor at
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI

Dr. Saikat Chakraborty Thakur
Understanding Plasmas through Ion Velocity Distribution Function Measurements, July 2010
Now a Research Scientist
University of California - San Diego
San Diego, CA

Dr. Justin Elfritz
Ion Temperatures in Earth's Inner Magnetosphere: Ring Current Dynamics, Transient E ffects, and Data-Model Comparisons, June 2014
Now an postdoctoral researcher at
University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Dr. Drew Elliott
Two Photon Absorption Laser Induced Fluorescence for Fusion Class Plasmas - 2016
Now a postdoctoral researcher with Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Sean Finnegan
The Stationary Alfven Wave in Laboratory and Space Regimes - 2008
Now a program manager in the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences
U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Matthew Galante
Two-Photon Absorption Laser Induced Fluorescence
Measurements of Neutral Density in Helicon Plasma - 2013
Now a Research Scientist at Nova Photonics
Princeton, NJ

Dr. Valeriy Gavrishchaka
Dispersive Properties of a Plasma with a Parallel Drift and Inhomogeneous Transverse Flow, August 1996
Now an analyst in New York, NY

Dr. Robert Hardin
Measurement of Short Wavelength Fluctuations in a Helicon Plasma Source - 2008
Now with Wacker Chemie

Dr. Saeid Houshmandyar
Laboratory Investigations of Alfvén Waves in a High Power Helicon Plasma with Density Gradients, May 2010
Now a Research Fellow at the
Institute for Fusion Studies
University of Texas - Austin

Dr. Amy Keesee
Neutral Atom Profiles in a Helicon Plasma Source, 2006
Now a Research Associatet Professor at
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Dr. Paul Keiter
Inverse Correlation of Ion Temperature Anisotropy and Plasma Beta in a High Beta Magnetoplasma, August 1999
Now the Deputy Director of the Center for Radiative and Shock Hydrodynamics (CRASH) Center
University of Michigan

Dr. John Kline
Slow Wave Ion Heating and Parametric Instabilities in the HELIX Helicon Source, May 2001
Now a Staff Scientist at
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM

Dr. Colin Komar
The Nature of Magnetic Reconnection at the Dayside Magnetopause , April 2015
Now a Postdoctoral Researcher at
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD

Dr. Michael Lindon
CO2 Dissociation using the Versatile Atmospheric Dielectric Barrier Discharge Experiment (VADER), Jan 2014
Now a FPA Engineer at Quest Global

Dr. Dustin McCarren
Continuous Wave Ring-Down Spectroscopy for Velocity Distribution Measurements in Plasma, Dec 2014
Now a research scientist at
Palmdale, CA

Dr. Paul Miller
Nonlinear Dynamics Modulation in a Neon Glow Discharge Plasma, 2009
Now a Teaching Associate Professor at
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Dr. Eric Reynolds
Experimental Investigation of Flow-shear Effects in Stable and Unstable Anisotropic Low-beta Plasma, 2009
Now an assistant professor at WV Wesleyan in Buckhannon, WV

Dr. Stephanie Sears
Alfven Wave Propagation in an Inhomogeneous Plasma - 2014
Now with Advanced Energy Industries
Fort Collins, CO

Dr. Craig Selcher
Three-dimensional, High-resolution, Computerized Tomographic Imaging of Artificial Ionospheric Cavities - 2007

Dr. Luke Shepherd
A Study of Magnetic Reconnection: From 2D Energy Release to 3D Spreading and Localization - 2014
Now an assistant professor at
Ohio University, Eastern Campus

Dr. Xuan Sun
A Study of Ion Acceleration, Asymmetric Optical Pumping and Low Frequency Waves in Two Expanding Helicon Plasmas, 2005.
Now a Professor of Physics at the University of Science and Technology
Hefei, CHINA

Dr. Catalin Teodorescu
Laboratory Investigation of Electrostatic Ion Waves Modified by Parallel-Ion-Velocity Shear, August 2003

Dr. Bruce Tepke
Empirical Studies Relating to Controversies on Geomagnetic Storms, May 2019
Now a professor at

Dr. Derek Thompson
Three-Dimensional Multispecies Distribution Functions in a Plasma Boundary with an Oblique Magnetic Field
Now a postdoc at WVU

Dr. Mattias Tornquist
Modeling of Outer Radiation Belt Electron Scattering due to Spatial and Spectral Properties of ULF Waves
Now a researcher at _____,

Dr. Jeff Walker
Fine-Particle Charging-Rate-Limit Modification to Grain Dynamics in Abrupt and Gradual Inhomogeneities
Now a postdoctoral researcher at
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Dr. Mike Zimmerman
Now at
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD

MS Graduates

Rich Cerkovnik
Design and Construction of the West Virginia University Q Machine

Min Ke
Applicability of the Correlation Dimension Technique to Unstable Plasma Waves

Renaud Stauber
Applicability of Bispectral Analysis to Unstable Plasma Waves Andrew Brown - The Largest Lyapunov Exponent in a Driven Neon Glow Discharge Plasma

Robert Spangler
The Effects of Thermal Anisotropy on Shear Modified Ion Acoustic Instabilities
Now a professor of physics at Bethany College
Wheeling, WV

Christopher Compton
Propagation of Alfven Waves in the WVU HELIX Device
Now an academic lab manager at
Washington and Lee University

John Blessington
Measurements of Metastable Atom Density Using Energies and Densities of Energetic
Fast Electrons Detected in the Electron Energy Distribution Function Associated with the Afterglow Plasma Produced by a Radio Frequency Inductively Coupled Plasma Helium Discharge

Daniel Lewis
Measuring Ion Velocity Distribution Functions in a Compact, Expanding Helicon Source
Now a graduate student in Physics
Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ