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Gurleen Bal
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I attended University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics. During my time at UCSD, I conducted research in a soft-condensed-matter lab. I studied the temporal dynamics of an aqueous solution by scattering light through a thin layer of the solution, and capturing the diffraction pattern using a charged couple device (CCD) detector. After graduating from UCSD, I joined Teach For America and taught high school Math and Physics in Los Angles for three years. Currently I am a graduate student in plasma physics, working with Professor Troy Carter. My current research interests include studying non-linear RF-edge interactions between the RF antenna and plasma boundary.

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Jia Han
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I'm a second year graduate student. I graduated from University of Colorado Boulder for undergraduate in physics. At that time, my research focused on simulating solar wind interaction with the moon in laboratory experiments. My current research is on low temperature plasma. I work with professor Walter Gekelman and Patrick Pribly on a inductively coupled plasma device modified from a real industrial plasma processing tool.
 

Kamil Krynski

Kamil Krynski
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Kamil attended the City University of New York Queens College, graduating summa cum laude with B.A.-M.A. in Physics and B.A.-M.A. in Chemistry, with honors in both departments. While at Queens College Kamil worked in the physical chemistry group under Dr. Cherice Evans and Dr. Gary Findley, focusing on electron dynamics, in particular the measurement of quasi-free electron energy and electron mobility in dense fluids across wide temperature and density ranges. The experiments were conducted at synchrotron light source facilities (SRC @ UW-Madison, CAMD @ LSU) and Brookhaven National Labs. Interested in fusion energy related work, Kamil decided to spend his first summer working in the plasma research group under Dr. Troy Carter. After initial training, Kamil will work on firehose and mirror instabilities.

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Jeff Robertson
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I attended Loyola Marymount University doing research under Doctor Todd Otanicar, which helped cultivate an interest in magnetically confined nuclear fusion. Near the end of college I switched my focus from engineering to physics. I am now a graduate student under Dr. Troy Carter. My interests include doppler backscattering diagnostics in tokamaks to understanding the accretion discs of black holes, now studying the effects of multiple ion species on turbulence/transport in axial plasma devices. There is still a lot that is not fully understood about the effects of multiple ion species in plasmas. My research will hopefully be useful in establishing predictive capability in burning tokamak plasmas, which typically have comparable densities of deuterium and tritium.

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Giovanni Rossi
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Giovanni graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin where he began his interest in plasma physics by being accepted to the National Undergraduate Fellowship (NUF) REU and working at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) under Tom Intrator (RIP). As an undergraduate Gio volunteered at BAPSF, becoming particularly interested in turbulence and transport under his now current advisor, Troy Carter. Now a graduate student, Gio currently works on high-beta turbulence experiments in close collaboration with plasma simulation research groups at UCLA and UW-Madison. When not trying to save the world, Gio enjoys surfing, traveling, and producing music. For more information, please visit www.whoisgio.com.

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Shawn Tang
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Shawn is a graduate student hailing from the sunny island of Singapore. For his undergraduate thesis, he worked on imaging living cells with a near-field scanning microwave microscope and eventually graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2015. Since then, Shawn has been very intrigued by plasmas and would like to understand their behavior and properties from both a scientific and artistic point of view. He also likes building things and is currently developing a microprobe to study wave propagation in plasmas.

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Phil Travis
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I was born in Japan and moved to the United States in 2008. I obtained my bachelors degree in physics in 2017 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I want a good future for humanity, so I joined the UCLA BaPSF (to become well-versed in plasma physics to contribute to the fusion program), and founded the Future of Humanity Club (fhc.physics.ucla.edu). Also, everything important happens in California, so I figured it was a good idea to be in LA. Currently, I am working with Troy Carter analyzing turbulence and transport in magnetic mirror configurations using the Large Plasma Device (LAPD). Deep learning may be important in fusion reactor development and control, so I’ve been doing a bit of that too. In the long term, I hope to be at the forefront of economical fusion power development and commercialization. At the very least I’ll be a rich entrepreneur or something. I really want a golden retriever at some point too.