Alumni Updates '16-'17

Dylan Brennan (M.S. '97 Applied Physics), physicist with the U.S. DOE and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), is the co-lead principal investigator on a project, called “Simulation Center for Runaway Electron Avoidance and Mitigation.” The project will "combine simulations and data from worldwide experiments to explore the causes and solutions for runaway electrons" (Newswise, Article ID: 659503)

Michael Jenkinson (Ph.D. 2015, Applied Mathematics, Weinstein Group) presented a talk at the Applied Mathematics Colloquium on "High-Order Finite-Difference Time-Domain Simulation of Electromagnetic Waves at Complex Interfaces Between Dispersive Media". Dr. Jenkinson is currently an RTG Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Reina Maruyama (B.S. 1995, Applied Physics) presented a talk on "The Search for WIMP Dark Matter" at a colloquium hosted by the Columbia Physics Department on March 27, 2017. She is currently an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Yale University and explores new physics in nuclear and particle astrophysics, in particular, in dark matter and neutrinos. Her group carries out direct detection of dark matter experiments in terrestrial-based detectors and searches for neutrinoless double beta decay. Current experiments include COSINE-100, located at the Yangyang Underground Laboratory in South Korea; DM-Ice and IceCube, located at the South Pole; and CUORE, located at Gran Sasso, Italy.

David D. Ordinario (B.S. 2011, Materials Science ) has received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. This highly competitive fellowship selected only 120 researchers from a pool of 1,265 applicants. In an article written by Anna Lynn Spitzer, from the University of California, Irvine, Ordinario “will work for two years at the University of Tokyo with Takao Someya, a world-renowned expert on flexible electronics. Ordinario seeks to develop a new type of electronic skin – a material that can mimic the functionality of human skin for use in healthcare, robotics and prosthetics – that can communicate directly with biological systems. Currently, this is not possible because available e-skins use electrons to carry charges, while living systems rely on ions and protons, necessitating a complex system of indirect detection and communication. ‘This ionic e-skin can facilitate direct communication between ionic/protonic conduction-based biological systems and traditional electronics,’ Ordinario says. The material also will be sensitive to both physical and chemical stimuli, and more biocompatible with living tissue and organs.”

Jonathan E. Spanier (Ph.D. 2001, Applied Physics, Herman Group) has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives at its September 2016 meeting upon the recommendation of the Division of Materials Physics. Dr. Spanier is currently a professors in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University.


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