Heidbrink's Former and Current Ph.D. Students and Postdocs


  • Hau Duong , Studies of fast ion confinement in the DIII-D Tokamak, graduated c. 1994, currently employed by Nanostream (biomedical research and development).
  • Emil Ruskov , Studies of fast ion confinement in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor using beam "blips", graduated c. 1996.
  • Ed Carolipio , The effect of Helical Field Perturbations on Energetic Ion Confinement in the DIII-D Tokamak, graduated 2000 (navigation research and development).
  • Jing Fang , Studies of Second Harmonic Generation in semiconductor processing, graduated c. 2000, currently employed by Intel (semiconductor research and development).
  • George Watson , Ion species mix and ion density measurements using radio frequency waves, graduated 2003, (military research and development).
  • Liangji Zhao , Measurements of classical transport of fast ions in the Large Plasma Device, graduated 2004, currently employed by FarTech (fusion research).
  • Yadong Luo , Thesis: Fast-ion D-alpha diagnostic on DIII-D, graduated 2007, currently working in finance in Boston
  • Yang Zhang , Thesis project: Fast ions and shear Alfven waves, graduated 2008, (technology entrepreneur)
  • Wayne Harris , Thesis project: Ion flow measurements and plasma current analysis in the Irvine Field Reversed Configuration, graduated 2009, (industrial research and development).
  • Deyong Liu , Thesis project: Fast-ion studies in the National Spherical Torus Experiment: Transport by instabilities and acceleration by high harmonic fast waves, graduated 2009, currently a UC Irvine Research Scientist and Co-Principal Investigator on UCI's NSTX-U Energetic Particle grants (magnetic fusion).
  • Erik Trask , Thesis project: Macroscopic electromagnetic properties of the Irvine Field Reversed Configuration: equilibrium, power balance and fluctuations, graduated 2010, currently employed by Tri Alpha Energy (fusion research).
  • Shu Zhou, Thesis project: Turbulent transport of energetic ions and thermal plasma, graduated 2011, currently employed by Intel (plasma process engineer)
  • Christopher Muscatello, Thesis project: Velocity-space resolved fast-ion measurements in the DIII-D tokamak, graduated 2012, currently employed by General Atomics (fusion research)
  • Thomas Roche , Thesis project: Impurity transport in a field reversed configuration experiment, graduated 2012 [Note: McWilliams is the primary advisor], currently employed by Tri Alpha Energy (fusion research)
  • Nathan Bolte, Thesis project: passive FIDA light in DIII-D, graduated 2015, currenty employed by Tri Alpha Energy (fusion research)
  • Adam Preweisch, Thesis project: Fast ion transport by magnetic fluctuations, graduated 2015.
  • Luke Stagner, Thesis project: Bayesian inference of the fast-ion distribution function
  • Mario Podesta (former postdoc), FIDA on NSTX, currently employed by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • David Pace (former postdoc), fast-ion research on DIII-D, currently employed by General Atomics
  • Alessandro Bortolon (former postdoc), FIDA on NSTX, currently employed by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Xi Chen (former postdoc), Light-ion beam probe on DIII-D, currently employed by General Atomics
  • Deyong Liu (former postdoc), fast-ion research on NSTX, currently employed by UC Irvine
  • Cami Collins (former postdoc), FIDA research on DIII-D, currently employed by General Atomics
  • Guangzhou Hao (postdoc), fast-ion research on NSTX-U
  • Xiaodi Du (postdoc), imaging neutral particle analyzer and fast-ion research on DIII-D