Resume

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Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Computational Plasma Physics
2012 – Present (2017, expected) | Advisor: Zhihong Lin
University of California, Irvine
Passed qualifying exam (S’2013)

Master of Sciences, Plasma Physics
2012 – 2015 | Advisor: Zhihong Lin
University of California, Irvine

Bachelor of Sciences, Physics
2008 – 2012
University of California, Los Angeles


Experience

Graduate Student Researcher
2012 – Present | Advisor: Zhihong Lin (& Toshiki Tajima)
GTC Plasma Theory Group at University of California, Irvine
developing particle-in-cell turbulence simulation codes (GTC & ANC) to study
microturbulence and transport in fusion plasmas confined by field reversed configuration;
investigated ponderomotive acceleration in the ultrarelativistic regimes
as a potential mechanism for ultra high energy cosmic ray particles;
for more detail, see PUBLICATIONS tab

Graduate Student Mentor
2015 – 2016 
Graduate Student Mentoring Program at University of California, Irvine
mentored first-year graduate student on study habits and strategies
for success in first-year courses and qualifying exams;
guided first-year graduate student on work-life balance and
time management (coursework, TA duties, research tools, etc.)

Graduate Student Instructor
2012 – 2016 
Undergraduate Courses at University of California, Irvine
taught physics discussions and labs;
for more details, see TEACHING tab

Undergraduate Student Researcher
2010 – 2011 | Advisor: Zhong Ming Zeng & Hong-Wen Jiang
Quantum Computing Lab at University of California, Los Angeles
investigated spintronic properties of tunnel magnetoresistive (TMR) spin-based oscillators and memory devices;
wrote LabView program to automate data collection (increased efficiency up to a thousand repetitions per second;
wrote a Matlab program to analyze data for physical trends

Undergraduate Student Researcher
2009 – 2010 | Advisor: Troy Carter
Large Plasma Device (LaPD) at University of California, Los Angeles
wrote IDL program to analyze data from Langmuir probes in plasma shots at LaPD


Awards

Norman Rostoker Fellowship
2015 – Present
University of California, Irvine

UCI Graduate Fellowship
2012 – 2013
University of California, Irvine

UCLA Scholarship Recognition Award
2008 – 2010
University of California, Los Angeles