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Honors & awards 2015

Rinderknecht and Zylstra Singled Out at LLNL for Excellence

Hans Rinderknecht
Hans Rinderknecht accepts his award from Don Lamb (Chair, NIF User Group) and Carolyn Kurantz (Chair, JLF User Group).

Two PSFC graduate students working in the High-Energy-Density Physics division of the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center have been singled out for excellence. Hans Rinderknecht, who recently defended his MIT Doctoral Thesis, won first place for a Postdoctoral poster at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) – Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF) user group meeting on February 11, 2015. Hans’ poster is based on two PRLs that he recently published.


PSFC Graduate student Alex Zylstra has been awarded a prestigious Los Alamos National Laboratory Fredrick Reines Postdoctoral Fellowship. This Fellowship, named after the former LANL researcher who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics, recognizes individuals whose research is in experimental sciences and who have demonstrated outstanding ability in research.  


In addition, both Hans and Alex are 2 of 6 finalists, selected from over 200 applicants, for the prestigious Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This is the first time that Lawrence finalists have been from the same university. The fellowship is named after Ernest Orlando Lawrence, who received the Nobel Prize in 1939 for inventing the cyclotron.  The HEDP division, which fostered both these students, is under the leadership of Richard Petrasso.

Alex Zylstra
Alex Zylstra holds one of the proton spectrometers that he used on the National Ignition Facility.













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