Members

Get to know CER's members through the bios below or contact us by viewing the center directory.

Directors

Farhat Beg

Director, CER
Principal Investigator, High Energy Density Physics
Professor, UC San Diego

Research Interests:  inertial confinement fusion, high energy density physics, short pulse high intensity laser matter interactions, pulsed power Z-pinches, X-pinches, plasma focus, x-ray and neutron sources

Farhat Beg

Russell Doerner

Associate Director, CER
Principal Investigator, PISCES, Center for Plasma-Surface Interactions

Research Scientist

Research Interests:  Fusion energy

Russell Doerner

Jan Kleissl

Associate Director, CER
Principal Investigator
Co-Director, California Solar Energy Collaborative
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:  solar energy meteorology, solar variability and forecasting, urban meteorology, turbulence, field measurements and numerical modeling

Jan Kleissl

Executive Committee

The CER Executive Committee meets quarterly to ensure the continuing multidisciplinary nature of the ORU and its mission. It sets goals, recommends changes in the unit's mebership, advises the Director, and critically evaluates the unit's effectiveness on an ongoing basis.

Committee Chair: Prabhakar Bandaru

Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering



Prabhakar Bandaru

Jose Boedo

Principal Investigator, DIII-D
Research Scientist


Jose Boedo

Jennifer Burney

Assistant Professor, UCSD School of Global Policy & Strategy



Jennifer Burney

Russell Doerner

Principal Investigator, PISCES, Center for Plasma-Surface Interactions
Research Scientist


Russell Doerner

Shirley Meng

Principal Investigator, Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion
Associate Professor, Dept. of Nanoengineering


Shirley Meng

Kevin Quest

Professor and Vice Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering




Kevin Quest

William Torre

Program Director, Energy Storage Systems



William Torre

George Tynan

Principal Investigator, PISCES, DIII-D, Center for Momentum Transport & Flow
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


George Tynan

Staff

Elizabeth Kelly

Management Services Officer



Elizabeth Kelly

Leopoldo Chousal

Principal Development Engineer, Lab Manager, Safety Area Coordinator

Research Interests: mechanical engineering of devices and diagnostics for fusion energy research, machine design, computer aided design, manufacturing

Leopoldo Chousal

Muriel Croom

Business Operations



Muriel Croom

Wendy Groves

Research Program Manager



Wendy Groves

Rolando Hernandez

Senior Development Engineer

Research Interests: plasma diagnostics, instrumentation design, basic plasma physics and pulsed power

Rolando Hernandez

Margarita Ochoa

Fund Manager



Margarita Ochoa

Brandi Pate

Fund Manager



Brandi Pate

Sandy Rosas

Fund Manager



Brandi Pate

Faculty & Researchers

Alexey Arefiev

Assistant Professor

Research Interests:  Plasma physics, fusion energy, high-intensity laser-matter interactions, high energy density physics

Alexey Arefiev

Matthew Baldwin

Project Scientist

Research Interests:  Plasma materials interaction, hydrogen in materials, surface science

Matthew Baldwin

Prabhakar Bandaru

Principal Investigator
Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:  Electrochemical energy storage, control of thermal energy, fluid flow at the nanoscale, materials physics and chemistry, invoking the electrical, optical, and thermal properties of materials at the mesoscopic and microscopic levels

Prabhakar Bandaru

Eric Bass

Assistant Project Scientist

Research Interests:  Energetic particles in fusion devices, turbulent transport, cross-scale nonlinear couplings

Eric Bass

Farhat Beg

Director, CER

Principal Investigator, High Energy Density Physics
Professor

Research Interests:  Inertial Confinement fusion, high energy density physics, short pulse high intensity laser matter interactions, pulsed power Z-pinches, X-pinches, plasma focus, x-ray and neutron sources

Farhat Beg

Robert Bitmead

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:  Design of feedforward control for regulation of process disturbances, feedback control theory and its application in energy generation, aerospace transport, and telecommunications

Robert Bitmead

Jose Boedo

Principal Investigator, DIII-D
Research Scientist

Research Interests:  Plasma physics, fusion energy,edgephysics, langmuir probes, heat and particle transport

Jose Boedo

Simon Bott-Suzuki

Principal Investigator, Pulsed Power Plasmas Group

Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Research Interests:  Plasma physics, inertial fusion, pulsed power

CER Spotlight Feature

Simon Bott-Suzuki

Jennifer Burney

Assistant Professor, UCSD School of Global Policy & Strategy

Research Interests:  Relationship between energy poverty and food security, environmental impacts of food production and consumption, climate impacts on agriculture, short-lived climate pollutants

Jennifer Burney

Renkun Chen

Principal Investigator, Materials Science and Engineering Program
Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:  Thermal transport, fundamental heat transfer science and engineering at the micro and nano scale, development of materials and devices for thermal energy conversion, storage and management

Renkun Chen

Carlos Coimbra

Principal Investigator, Coimbra Energy Group
Co-Director of the Center for Renewable Research Integration
Professor/Chair, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:  Solar energy, atmospheric radiation, intelligent energy systems, stochastic modeling and forecasting

Carlos Coimbra

Patrick Diamond

Principal Investigator, Center for Momentum Transport and Flow Organization
Distinguished Professor, Physics

Research Interests:  Plasma physics, controlled fusion, fluid turbulence, transport, dynamo theory, plasma astrophysics,astronomy, space Physics

Patrick Diamond

Russell Doerner

Associate Director, CER
Principal Investigator, PISCES, Center for Plasma-Surface Interactions

Research Scientist

Research Interests:  Fusion energy

Russell Doerner

Chris Holland

Associate Research Scientist

Research Interests:  Magnetically confined fusion energy systems, plasma turbulence and transport, multiscale dynamics, model validation

Chris Holland

Eric Hollmann

Principal Investigator, DIII-D
Associate Research Scientist

Research Interests:  Plasma spectroscopy, magnetic fusion energy research, tokamak disruptions and plasma-surface interactions

Eric Hollmann

Jan Kleissl

Associate Director, CER
Principal Investigator
Co-Director, California Solar Energy Collaborative
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:  Solar energy meteorology, solar variability and forecasting, urban meteorology, turbulence, field measurements and numerical modeling

Eric Hollmann

Sergei Krasheninnikov

Principal Investigator, CER
Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:  Plasma turbulence and transport, atomic physics in plasma, plasma-material interactions, physics of plasma facing components in fusion devices, laser-plasma interactions and generation of intense relativistic electron beams, gas discharge physics and plasma chemistry

Sergei Krasheninnikov

Ping Liu

Principle Investigator, Liu Research Group
Associate Professor, Nanoengineering

Research Interests:  Materials and architectures for energy conversion and storage, solid-state actuation, nanomaterials synthesis and reaction mechanism in batteries, energy storage device architecture design

Ping Liu

Sonia Martinez

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests: systems and control; nonlinear and geometric control theory; robotics; cooperative control; networked systems; distributed algorithms; cyber-physical systems; power systems

Sonia Martinez

John McCartney

Associate Professor, Structural Engineering

Research Interests:  Geothermal heat exchange in geotechnical engineering, energy piles, thermal energy storage in soils

John McCartney

Christopher McGuffey

Assistant Project Scientist

Research Interests:  Proton fast ignition, inertial confinement fusion, transport in plasmas, laser wakefield acceleration

CER Spotlight Feature

Christopher Mcguffey

Shirley Meng

Principal Investigator, Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion
Associate Professor, Dept. of Nanoengineering

Research Interests:  Energy storage and conversion materials, nano structured electrodes for advanced rechargeable batteries, dye-sensitized solar cells and thermoelectric conversion

Shirley Meng

Richard A. Moyer

Principal Investigator, DIII-D
Research Scientist
Senior Lecturer, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.

Research Interests:  Plasma physics and fusion energy, solar physics, physics of energy use and sustainability, K12 science education outreach

Richard Moyer

Farrokh Najmabadi

Director Emeritus, CER
Former Principal Investigator, PISCES, ARIES
Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests:  Fusion energy research, development of new techniques to study laser-materials interactions

Farrokh Najmabadi

Minh Nguyen

Researcher, CER

Research Interests:  Fuel cells, SOFC

Minh Nguyen

Daisuke Nishijima

Associate Project Scientist

Research Interests:  Fusion energy, plasma-material interactions, plasma spectroscopy, boundary plasma physics

Daisuke Nishijima

Dmitri Orlov

Assistant Project Scientist

Research Interests:  Edge localized mode (ELM) instability in tokamak plasmas, resonant magnetic Perturbations (RMPs)

Dmitri Orlov

Hugo Pedro

Project Scientist

Research Interests:  Renewable energy, stochastic modeling and forecasting, intelligent energy systems

Hugo Pedro

Kevin Quest

Professor and Vice Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests:  Theoretical space plasma physics and numerical methods, collisionless shock structure, magnetic connection, plasma waves and instability

Kevin Quest

Tajana Simunic Rosing

Principal Investigator
Director of System Energy Efficiency Lab

Professor and Fratamico Endowed Chair in CSE Department

Research Interests:  Energy efficient computing, renewable energy, energy storage devices, SmartGrid, Internet of Things, embedded and distributed systems

Tajana Rosing

Dmitry Rudakov

Project Scientist

Research Interests:  Experimental plasma physics, magnetic confinement fusion, edge and scrape-off layer plasmas, plasma-material interactions, dust production and transport in fusion plasmas, fluctuation-induced particle and energy transport, plasma diagnostics

Dmitry Rudakov

Antonio Sanchez

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:  Clean combustion technologies, aerospace propulsion devices, safety hazards in the built environment

Antonio Sanchez

Saikat Chakraborty Thakur

Assistant Project Scientist

Research Interests:  Plasma turbulence and transport, helicon plasma, probe diagnostics, laser induced fluorescence, edge plasma, nonlinear dynamics

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Saikat Chakraborty Thakur

Mark Tillack

Principal Investigator, ARIES, Laser Matter Interactions

Research Interests:  Heat transfer and mechanical behavior of high heat flux systems, power plant engineering, liquid metal magnetohydrodynamics, transient electromagnetics, laser plasma and laser-matter interactions

Mark Tillack

Ingrid Tomac

Assistant Research Scientist, Structural Engineering

Research Interests:  Energy geotechnics, deep geothermal energy systems, hydro-thermo-chemo-mechanical coupled processes in rock, flow and transport of dense phase particle-fluid slurries in fractures, CO2 sequestration and storage

Ingrid Tomac

Shijie Tong

Sr. Development Engineer

Research Interests:  Energy storage integration, smart grid, batteries, fuel cells, energy system optimization and control

Shijie Tong

William Torre

 

Program Director of Energy Storage Systems

Research Interests:  Energy storage integration, renewable generation integration, microgrid design, power system control optimization

Bill Torre

George Tynan

 

Principal Investigator, PISCES, DIII-D, Center for Momentum Transport and Flow Organization
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:  Basic and applied plasma physics

George Tynan

Julio Valenzuela Ahumada

Assistant Project Scientist

Research Interests:  high energy density physics, Z-pinches, laboratory astrophysics, pulsed power, plasma diagnostics

Julio Valenzuela Ahumada

Mingsheng Wei

Associate Project Scientist

Research Interests:  High intensity laser matter interaction, fast ignition, laser-driven particle (electron and ion) acceleration, intense current transport and heating, particle probe of intense fields, PIC and hybrid PIC modeling

Mingsheng Wei

Forman Williams

Principle Investigator, Combustion Research Group
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:  Fundamental nature of energy and combustion to practical applications in energy conservation and production, pollution control, structure of flames in combustion energy research

Forman Williams

Kesong Yang

Principal Investigator, Materials Science and Engineering Program
Assistant Professor, Department of NanoEngineering

Research Interests:  Ab-initio materials design for energy conversion and information technology, electronic structure calculation and analysis, development of high-throughput framework for materials design

Kesong Tang

Jonathan Yu

Associate Project Scientist

Research Interests:  Plasma-material interactions, plasma physics, characterization of materials exposed to transient high heat flux using lasers, runaway electrons in tokamaks

Jonathan Yu

Students & Postdoctoral Scholars

Bengu Ozge Akyurek

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  solar energy and forecasting, numerical weather prediction, data assimilation

Bengu Ozge Akurek

Oytun Babacan

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  micro-grid planning and optimization, solar energy, solar resource assessment, battery energy storage systems

Oytun Babacan

Joseph Barton

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  plasma-material Interactions (PMI), atomic diffusion/migration in materials, ion beam analysis (IBA)

Joseph Barton

Yinghao Chu

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  solar energy, intelligent solar forecast, local sensing device and image processing

Yinghao Chu

Pierre Forestier Colleoni

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  high energy density physics, short pulse high intensity laser matter interactions, Fast electron beam, Strong magnetic field generation, heavy ions acceleration

Pierre Colleoni

Istvan Cziegler

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  magnetically confined plasmas, turbulence, transport phenomena

Istvan Cziegler

Vahid Rasouli Disfani

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  smart grid, power systems, power economics and optimization

Vahid Rasouli Disfani

Jordan James Gosselin

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  tokamak scrape off layer and divertor physics, impurity transport, spectroscopy, plasma diagnostic development

Jordan James Gosselin

Jerome Guterl

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  nuclear fusion, plasma physics, plasma surface interactions, material science, theoretical physics, ITER

Jerome Guterl

Abdulelah Habib

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  electric load scheduling, optimal sizing, solar desalination, and renewable grid integration

Abdulelah Habib

Rima Hajjar

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  transport of impurities in magnetic plasma, massive gas jet injection into confined plasmas

Rima Hajjar

Rongjie Hong

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  fusion plasma physics and plasma-material interaction

Rongjie Hong

Rich Inman

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  renewable energy, smart energy systems, stochastic forecasting, artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms

Rich Inman

Chang Ki Kim

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  Solar irradiance forecasts with numerical models and satellite data, Aerosol-cloud interaction in marine-boundary layer

Chang Ki Kim

Joowhan Kim

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  laser-accelerated proton beam and particle transport in warm dense matter

Joowhan Kim

Ben Kurtz

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  solar energy forecasts, radiative transfer, electrical power systems

Ben Kurtz

David Larson

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  solar energy, machine learning, stochastic modeling and forecasting, optimization

David Larson

Mengying Li

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  solar energy and forecasting, machine learning, local sensing and image processing, radiation in the atmosphere

Mengying Li

Zhixin Lu

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  theoretical and numerical work on intrinsic rotation, wave-packet propagation/absorption, mode structure and radio frequency wave physics in tokamak plasmas

Zhixin Lu

Derek Mariscal

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  magnetic field transport in high energy density plasmas, laboratory astrophysics/plasma jets, and Z-pinch plasmas

Derek Mariscal

Felipe Mejia

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  solar energy, solar forecasting, radiative transfer, computational fluid dynamics

Felipe Mejia

Saeed Mohajeryami

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  smart grid, microgrid planning and optimization, distributed renewable resources, battery energy storage system, policy development

Saeed Mohajeryami

Keenan Murray

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  modeling environmental processes, short-term solar forecasting, atmospheric boundary layer chemistry/physics, applied modeling

Keenan Murray

Eduard Ron

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  computational fluid mechanics, large eddy simulation, aeroacoustics, turbulence modelling, stochastic flow modelling

Eduard Ron

Michael Simmonds

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  controlled thermonuclear fusion, tokamak physics, and plasma material interactions

Michael Simmonds

Anna Sorokovikova

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  plasma physics, inertial confinement fusion, particle-in-cell simulations

Anna Sorokovikova

Payam Vaezi

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  plasma turbulence, fusion energy, high performance computing

Payam Vaezi

Guang Wang

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  solar energy, solar forecasting, wind energy, turbomachinery

Guang Wang

Weiwen Xiao

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  transport, plasma physics and nuclear fusion energy

Weiwen Xiao

Handa Yang

Graduate Student

Research Interests:  solar energy and forecasting, large eddy simulation, and numerical weather prediction

Handa Yang