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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


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


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