Pablo Rodriguez-Fernandez

Postdoctoral Associate

NW17-121

Biography

Education

Massachusetts Instititute of Technology
PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering, 2019

Drexel University
MSc in Mechanical Engineering, 2014

Universidad Politéchnica de Madrid
Equivalent to BSc and MSc in Industrial & Energy Engineering

Honors, Awards & Fellowships

• Del Favero Doctoral Thesis Prize for most innovative thesis in the field, MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering, Dec 2019
• Young Engineer Early Career Achievement Award, Alumni Association ETSII-UPM, Jun 2018
• Manson Benedict Award for Academic Excellence and Professional Promise. MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering, May 2018
• MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) Scholarship, MIT MISTI program, May 2018
• Award for the Best Student in Industrial and Energy Engineering (two awards), ETSII-UPM, Dec 2015
• Repsol Award for the Best Master's Thesis Project, Cátedra Repsol ETSII-UPM, Dec 2015
• Caja Ingenieros Award for Excellent Academic Progress, Caja Ingenieros UPM, Dec 2015
• La Caixa Fellowship for graduate studies in North America, Banking Foundation la Caixa, Jul 2014
• Excellence in Performance Award, Drexel University, Jun 2014
• ERASMUS Scholarship for graduate studies, European Union & Government of Spain, Apr 2014
• Enrique Rodríguez-Marín Award for Excellent Academic Progress, Romanillos Foundation, Mar 2014
• Award for Excellent Academic Progress (received twice), Government of Madrid, Jan 2014 & Jan 2011
• Atlantis Fellowship for Graduate Studies, EAGLES Consortium, FIPSE U.S. & European Union, Apr 2013
• High-Performing Student Award, ETSII-UPM, Dec 2011
• Award for the Best Results in the University Entrance Test, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Mar 2010

Research/Experience

Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge (USA) May 2019 – present Postdoctoral Associate
▪ Contributed to development of physics basis of SPARC (collaboration MIT-CFS) via integrated modeling for device optimization.
▪ Studied turbulence and transport in ASDEX Upgrade and DIII-D tokamaks via advanced algorithms and perturbative techniques.

Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, (USA) Sept. 2015 – May 2019 Research Assistant (Ph.D. candidate)
▪ Resolved 20-year-old question in fusion research, resulting in a high-impact publication in Physical Review Letters.
▪ Conducted experiments in Alcator C-Mod and DIII-D tokamaks. Operated Laser Blow-Off system in Alcator C-Mod during 2016.
▪ Summer stay at General Atomics for the study of heat-pulses on DIII-D and power balance analysis in negative triangularity.
▪ Summer stay at Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik for the implementation of VITALS tool to study ASDEX Upgrade plasmas.

Laboratory of Fluid Machines, Politecnico di Milano - Milan (Italy) Sept. 2014 – May 2015 Research Fellow
▪ Optimized Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine stage, resulting in half pressure losses compared to original designs.
▪ Developed automatic shape-optimization tool for turbomachinery blades using evolutionary strategies and surrogate models.

Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA (USA) January 2014 – June 2014 Research Assistant (M.Sc. candidate)
▪ Investigated CO2 decomposition through micro-scale non-thermal plasma discharges via CFD simulations

Publications/Presentations

First Author Publications

P Rodriguez-Fernandez, A E White, N T Howard, B A Grierson, L Zeng, X Yuan, G M Staebler, M E Austin, T Odstrcil, T L Rhodes, F Sciortino, J E Rice, K Thome, C Angioni, E Fable and O Meneghini, "Predict-first Experiments and Modeling of Perturbative Cold Pulses in the DIII-D Tokamak", Phys. Plasmas 26, 062503 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5096800

P Rodriguez-Fernandez , A E White, N T Howard, B A Grierson, X Yuan, G M Staebler, J E Rice, C Angioni, N M Cao, A J Creely, E Fable, M J Greenwald, A E Hubbard, J W Hughes, J H Irby and F Sciortino, "Perturbative Transport Modeling of Cold-Pulse Dynamics in Alcator C-Mod Ohmic Plasmas", Nucl. Fusion 59, 066017 (2019) https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/ab1575

P Rodriguez-Fernandez, A E White, N T Howard, J E Rice, F Sciortino, N M Cao, A J Creely, M J Greenwald, A E Hubbard, J W Hughes, J H Irby, X Yuan, B A Grierson, G M Staebler, C Angioni and E Fable, "Modeling of Cold-Pulse Propagation and Associated Phenomena in Tokamak Plasmas", Proceedings of 27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (Gandhinagar), IAEA-CN-258 EX/10-3.

P Rodriguez-Fernandez, A E White, N T Howard, B A Grierson, G M Staebler, J E Rice, X Yuan, N M Cao, A J Creely, M J Greenwald, A E Hubbard, J W Hughes, J H Irby and F Sciortino, "Explaining cold-pulse dynamics in tokamak plasmas using local turbulent transport models", Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 075001 (2018). http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.075001

P Rodriguez-Fernandez, A E White, A J Creely, M J Greenwald, N T Howard, F Sciortino and J C Wright, "VITALS: A surrogate-based optimization framework for the accelerated validation of plasma transport codes", Fusion Technol. 74:1-2, 65-76 (2018). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1396166

P Rodriguez-Fernandez, J E Rice, N M Cao, A J Creely, N T Howard, A E Hubbard, J H Irby and A E White, "On the correlation between "non-local" effects and intrinsic rotation reversals in Alcator C-Mod", Nucl. Fusion 57, 074001 (2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/aa6e89

P Rodriguez-Fernandez and G Persico, "Automatic design of ORC turbine profiles using evolutionary algorithms", ASME ORC 3rd Int'l Seminar on ORC Power Systems, Brussels (Belgium), Oct 2015. http://bit.ly/2ZqGcZx 

Co-Authored Publications

C Angioni, E Fable, F Ryter, P Rodriguez-Fernandez and T Putterich, "The local nature of the plasma response to cold pulses with electron and ion heating at ASDEX Upgrade", Nucl. Fusion 59, 106007 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/ab313f

N M. Cao, J E Rice, P H Diamond, A E White, S G Baek, M A Chilenski, J W Hughes, J Irby, M L Reinke, P Rodriguez-Fernandez and the Alcator C-Mod Team, "Hysteresis as a Probe of Turbulent Bifurcation in Intrinsic Rotation Reversals on Alcator C-Mod" Nucl. Fusion (2019). https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/ab3b38

A J Creely, P Rodriguez-Fernandez, G D Conway, S J Freethy, N T Howard, A E White and the ASDEX Upgrade Team, "Criteria for the Importance of Multi-scale Interactions in Plasma Turbulent Transport Simulations", Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 61, 085022 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6587/ab24ae

R A Tinguely, A Rosenthal, R Simpson, S B Ballinger, A J Creely, S Frank, A Q Kuang, B L Linehan, W McCarthy, L M Milanese, K J Montes, T Mouratidis, J F Picard, P Rodriguez-Fernandez, A J Sandberg, F Sciortino, E A Tolman, M Zhou, B N Sorbom, Z S Hartwig and A E White, "Neutron Diagnostics for the Physics of a High-Field, Compact, Q≥1 Tokamak", Fusion Eng. Des. 143, pp. 212-225 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2019.03.148

G Persico, P Rodriguez-Fernandez and A Romei, "High-Fidelity Shape-Optimization of Non-Conventional Turbomachinery by Surrogate Evolutionary Strategies", ASME. J. Turbomach. 141(8), 081010-081010-11 (2019) http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4043252

J Rice, F Rosmej, N Cao, M Chilenski, N Howard, A Hubbard, J Hughes, J Irby, Y Lin, P Rodriguez-Fernandez, S Wolfe, S Wukitch, M Bitter, L Delgado-Aparicio, K Hill and M Reinke, "X-ray Observations of Kβ Emission from Medium Z He-like Ions in C-Mod Tokamak Plasmas", J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 51, 035702 (2018). http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6455/aaa17f

N T Howard, C Holland, A E White, M J Greenwald, P Rodriguez-Fernandez, J Candy and A J Creely, "Multi-scale gyrokinetic simulations of an Alcator C-Mod, ELM-y H-mode plasma", Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 60, 014034 (2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6587/aa9148

A J Creely, N T Howard, P Rodriguez-Fernandez, N Cao, A E Hubbard, J W Hughes, J E Rice, A E White, J Candy, G M Staebler, G D Conway, S J Freethy and C Sung, "Validation of nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations of L- and I- mode plasmas on Alcator C-Mod", Phys. Plasmas 24, 0.56104 (2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4977466

B LaBombard, A Q Kuang, D Brunner, I Faust, R Mumgaard, M L Reinke, J L Terry, N Howard, J W Hughes, M Chilenski, Y Lin, E Marmar, J E Rice, P Rodriguez-Fernandez, G Wallace, D G White, S Wolfe and S Wukitch, "Impurity screening behavior of the highfield side scrape-off layer in near-double-null configurations: prospect for mitigating plasma-material interactions on RF actuators and first-wall components", Nucl. Fusion 57, 076021 (2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/aa6dd2

Invited Contributions to Conferences

2nd International Conference of Data Driven Plasma Science, Marseille (France), May 13-17 2019. "Surrogate-Based Optimization Techniques for the Validation of Plasma Transport Models"

ITPA Transport and Confinement Topical Group Meeting Spring 2019, Austin (TX), Mar 25-27 2019. "Multi-machine study of coldpulse dynamics: Towards a local model for the temperature inversion effect".

60th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, Portland (OR), Nov 5-9 2018. "Understanding cold-pulse dynamics in tokamak plasmas using local turbulent transport models".

27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, Gandhinagar (India), Oct 22-27 2018. "Explaining cold-pulse dynamics in tokamak plasmas using local turbulent transport models".

23rd Joint EU-US Transport Task Force Meeting, Sevilla (Spain), Sep 11-14 2018. "Modeling of cold-pulse dynamics in Alcator C-Mod and DIII-D: A local turbulent transport approach".

US Transport Task Force Workshop, San Diego (CA), May 8-1 2018."Prediction of cold-pulse dynamics in tokamak plasmas using quasilinear turbulent transport models".

ITPA Transport and Confinement Topical Group Meeting Spring 2018, Daejeon (Republic of Korea), Apr 9-11 201. "An introduction to VITALS: surrogate models to accelerate transport model validation".

ITPA Transport and Confinement Topical Group Meeting Spring 2018, Daejeon (Republic of Korea), Apr 9-11 201. "Modeling coldpulse propagation in Alcator C-Mod plasmas using TGLF". Oth