Class of 2015



Adwiteey Mauriya

Adwiteey hails from Orai,Uttar Pradesh, northern India. He obtained his BS-MS Dual degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune. He completed his graduation in Basic Sciences in 2014. He carried his master thesis entitled “Study of tokamak Equilibria using variation moment method” at the Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, India. He then spent another six months there to further develop a free boundary code for PF coils optimization.

He has a strong interest in computational physics and plasma physics. He has done internships at several institutes in India during his dual degree, where he gradually developed his interest in computational and plasma physics. These covered various topics such as data analysis of solar coronographs, formulating rhelogical flow, MHD turbulence, CMEs dynamics study, and Tokamak PF coils optimization.

Adwiteey received the prestigious KVPY fellowship for his dual degree course, and has co-authored several conference proceedings and a paper in The Astrophysical Journal. His hobbies lie in programming, trekking and sketching.

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Anton Helm (Vice-Delegate)

Anton received his Diploma degree (equivalent to MSc) in Physics by the Technische Universität Dresden in the year 2014. His thesis topic was about laser-plasma interaction, especially the influence of spatial-temporal changes in laser pulses on particle acceleration.

His strong interest in physics started in high school, which was acknowledged with a special award Anerkennungspreis für Besondere Lernleistung. Alongside his studies at the university he was working at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf on the theoretical modeling of laser particle acceleration.

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Giannandrea Inchingolo

Giannandrea studied at the University of Pisa, Italy, where he obtained an MSc degree in Plasma Physics in collaboration with the University “La Sapienza” of Rome.

During his master career, he became interested in inertial confinement fusion and participated in a summer school in Ohio, USA to improve his knowledge of fusion research. He focused his master thesis on the propagation of shock fronts throughout ICF targets, analyzing different transport models both theoretically and numerically.

He worked with the hydrodynamic code DUED and he presented his results in several posters and talks.

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Hugo Hugon

Hugo obtained his Masters Degree in Physics Engineering in 2014, from IST/University of Lisbon.

During his Erasmus experience at Padova University (Italy) in 2012, he started to become strongly interested in plasmas. Visiting RFX-mod has made him understand, in its full extension, the beauty and complexity underlying the science and engineering of Nuclear Fusion.

After that he has worked as a research fellow at IPFN from 2013 to the end of 2014, towards his MSc degree. There, he studied microwave engineering and performed the assessment and simulation of the different configurations proposed for the antennas of the plasma-position reflectometry system to be assembled on ITER.

Although he has interests in all areas of Physics, his preferences lie between modeling and experimental Physics.

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Marija Grofulovic

Marija comes from Serbia, where she received BSc and MSc degree in general physics from University of Nis. After her master studies, she worked as a teaching associate at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics, where she graduated.

Her interest for physics began in the earliest stages of her education. That interests towards science led her to enroll in a special class for physics, which is one of a kind in Serbia. During her studies, she participated in organizing of a few seminars, science festivals, as well as advertising of the grammar class she attended.

Throughout the studies, she found the courses regarding plasma physics  the most appealing, and this is the area of physics where she wishes to engage in scientific research.

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Rogério Jorge (Delegate)

Between music and physics, Rogério pursued the Bachelor and Masters degree in Engineering Physics at IST, the place where he is now in the scope of a joint PhD together with EPFL, Switzerland. This is a continuation of the MSc Thesis work developed at EPFL with the title “Simulation of Plasma Blobs in Realistic Tokamak Geometry”, a collaboration between IPFN and CRPP. Besides nuclear fusion, his research interests include the study of Meyers-Perry black holes and the physics of music – non-linear acoustics.

As an undergraduate student he was awarded a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian program Novos Talentos em Matemática and performed an internship at Laboratório de Instrumentação e Partículas within the CMS experiment. As a graduate student he was the Vice-President of NFIST, IST’s Engineering Physics Student Association, co-founder of the online education channel, and he tutored several undergraduate students in Physics and Mathematics.

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Rolando Salinas

Rolando is from La Paz, Bolivia. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Physics at Mayor de San Andrés University in La Paz with the research paper called “Study of the solution of the Schrödinger equation for an unharmonic potential well using the Numerov method”.

As an undergraduate student, he became a teacher assistant for various subjects in theoretical physics and math applied to physics. He also worked as a tutor in physics and mathematics for high school and college students and was part of several Physics fairs organized for the public by the Physics department of the Mayor de San Andrés University.

After graduating, he was granted a scholarship from the Swedish government to continue his studies at Umeå University in Northern Sweden. His main field of study was computational physics. After two years of study he obtained a MSc. in Physics with his research in plasma physics. The title of his Masters thesis was “Cyclotron damping in Magnetized Plasmas”.

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Thomas Wodzinski

Thomas received his MSc degree in Physics from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 2014. In his bachelor thesis he worked on the galactic outflow of starburst galaxies and presented his results at the Annual Meeting of the German Astronomical Society in Tübingen 2013.

In his master thesis he analyzed the structure of bow shocks around run-away stars. In a collaboration between the Astronomical Institute and colleagues of the chair of Theoretical Space and Astrophysics he provided data on a promising bow shock candidate in order to simulate its astrosphere. He has co-authored  a paper on these simulations.

During his time at the Astronomical Institute he gained experience in teaching and outreach by being a teaching assistant of two lectures on Astronomy and working with school classes at the Planetarium Bochum.

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