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Young scientists show off hands-on research projects at PPPL

For Dhruvit Patel, a rising senior majoring in mechanical engineering and physics at Rutgers University, the 10 weeks he spent at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) were a welcome opportunity to do hands-on research.

He spent the summer working on a nozzle that can be used to coat the inner wall of a tokamak – a plasma fusion device – with liquid metal. But before he even got started, he had to do a lot of research and preparation. 

COLLOQUIUM: PPPL at t = 0

A look at the founding of PPPL, which began in 1951 as Project Matterhorn S (S for Stellarator). I shall discuss the principal people who were involved (Lyman Spitzer, John Wheeler, and others), the original close linkage between the plasma physics team and the H-bomb team, and the temper of the times that made it all possible. My perspective is based in part on my having been there at the beginning.

NASA aerospace engineer tells more than 600 girls to reach for the stars at PPPL’s Young Women’s conference

NASA aerospace engineer Aprille Ericsson told more than 600 seventh- to tenth-grade girls at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s Young Women’s Conference that she was depending on them to pursue their dreams and make their ideas a reality in the wide-open field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“You guys are very capable of so many ideas and I’m depending on you,” Ericsson told an enthusiastic audience at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium at the March 23 event. “Don’t be scared to keep pushing forward until you achieve your dream.” 

COLLOQUIUM: Let's Go to Mars!

With over 25 years of experience at NASA, Dr. Aprille Ericsson has a passion for space and its exploration. Join us for Dr. Ericsson's presentation where she will talk about the challenges of a 'mission' to Mars, describing NASA's role in space - where we have been, and considerations we need to make in order to get to where we want to go.

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