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WVU Plasma and Space Physics Alumni

Postdoctoral Researcher Alumni

Dr. Haoming Liang Now a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Alabama-Huntsville

Dr. Costel Biloiu Now a Staff Scientist at Varian Semiconductor Equipment - a business unit of Applied Materials Corporation, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Dr. Robert Boivin
Became an Assistant Professor of Physics Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Dr. Ray Fermo
Now a postdoc at University of Alabama, Huntsville

Dr. Herbert Gunell
Now a research scientist at Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy and an Adjunct Professor at Umeå University.

Dr. Alex Hansen
Now in Arizona

Dr. Amy Keesee
Now an Associate Professor at University of New Hampshire

Dr. Richard Magee
Now a Research Scientist at TriAlpha Corporation 

Dr. Kevin Pham 

Now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dr. Terry Sheridan 

Dr. Umair Siddiqui
Now Chief Technology Officer at Phase4 Technologies

Dr. Guiding Wang
Now a research physicist in the UCLA Plasma Diagnostic Group, stationed at General Atomics, San Diego, CA.

Dr. Michael Zintl
Now a research physicist at Scientific Applications & Research Associates (SARA), Inc. Huntington Beach, CA

Graduate Student Alumni (Ph.D.)

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 Branch Head at Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

Dr. Matthew Balkey
Optimization of a Helicon Plasma Source for Maximum Density with Minimal Ion Heating, December 2000
Now an Optical Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. Matthew Beidler
Now a Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

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 Professor of Physics and the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Research and Administration 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 Effects, 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
Was a program manager in the Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration, both at the U.S. Department of Energy, Now a scientist and group leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory

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 Washington, DC

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

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 an Associate Professor at University of New Hampshire

Dr. Paul Keiter
Inverse Correlation of Ion Temperature Anisotropy and Plasma Beta in a High Beta Magnetoplasma, August 1999
Now a Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

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. Theodore Lane
Now an Assistant Professor of Physics at Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah.

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 Lockheed, 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
Air Force Research Laboratory Program Manager at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM (now deceased).

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
Now a Senior Expert at American Institutes for Research, MD

Dr. Bruce Tepke
Empirical Studies Relating to Controversies on Geomagnetic Storms, May 2019
Was an Instructor in Physics and Applied Physical Science at Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown, MD. Now a Fellow in the Data Incubator Fellowship program.

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 at Telepost (telecommunications), Greenland

Dr. Jeff Walker
Fine-Particle Charging-Rate-Limit Modification to Grain Dynamics in Abrupt and Gradual Inhomogeneities
Now an analyst at Jugaad Analytics, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dr. Mike Zimmerman
Now scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD Applied Physics Laboratory, MD

Graduate Student Alumni (MS)

Rich Cerkovnik
Design and Construction of the West Virginia University Q Machine
Now a Director in the Office of Vice President and Provost at Montgomery College, Germantown, MD

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
Now a faculty member at Davis & Elkins College, WV

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

Jon 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