Jesse Rodriguez

  • Program Year: 3
  • Academic Institution: Stanford University
  • Field of Study: Plasma Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Mark Cappelli
  • Practicum(s): Practicum Not Yet Completed
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Mathematics, B.S. Nuclear Engineering, and B.S. Physics, Oregon State University, 2018

Summary of Research

Jesse has completed three research projects during his undergraduate studies at Oregon State University, the University of Chicago, and Stanford University. At Oregon State, Jesse used computational fluid mechanics models to explore subsurface flows in granular media in an effort to better understand why sand dries out under footsteps at the beach. At the University of Chicago, Jesse analyzed diffuse interstellar bands in absorption spectra from various stars in order to discern what types of molecular species are present in interstellar space. At Stanford, Jesse measured spatially resolved axial velocity of the jet formed by the Stanford plasma deflagration accelerator and designed new high frequency magnetic field probes. The velocity profile obtained in this study will inform existing coaxial plasma accelerator numerical models and the magnetic field probes will allow for identification of the fastest growing micro-instabilities that limit the Z pinch lifetime. Jesse will begin his PhD studies at Stanford University in Autumn 2018 and will continue to build upon his prior work there.


JA Rodríguez, B Wang, MA Cappelli, "Dual polarization Dirac cones in a simple 2D square lattice photonic crystal", Optics Letters 45 (9), 2486-2489. 2020.
J.A. Rodriguez, B. Wang, M.A. Cappelli, "Progress Toward a Plasma Photonic Crystal Cloak." APS GEC Meeting Abstract. Poster. 2019.
B Wang, J Rodriguez, M Cappelli "3D topological plasma photonic crystal with surface plasmon and Fano-resonance modes." APS GEC Meeting Abstract. Poster. 2019.
B. Wang, J.A. Rodriguez, M.A. Cappelli, "3D woodpile structure tunable plasma photonic crystal". Plasma Sources Science and Technology 28 (2) 2019.
B Wang, R Sud, M Leung, M Yang, JA Rodriguez, R Lee, M Cappelli, "OpenEM" Electromagnetic field mapping robot for microwave and RF measurements." HardwareX 5, 2019.
B. Wang, J.A. Rodriguez, M.A. Cappelli, "Investigation of tunable Dirac cones and flat bands in two dimensional plasma photonic crystals". APS GEC Meeting Abstract. Poster. 2018.
T. C. Underwood, J. Rodriguez, K. T. Loebner and M. A. Cappelli, "Cinematic Characterization of Convected Coherent Structures within a Continuous Flow Z-Pinch". APS Division of Plasma Physics meeting. Presentation. 2017.
J. Rodriguez, "Long-Range Pressure Gradients in Subsurface Flows Involving Granular Materials". 2015 SACNAS National Conference in Washington, D.C. Poster. 2015.


1st place student poster prize at the 2019 APS Gaseous Electronics Conference

Awarded 2017 Botond Gabor Eross Math Memorial Scholarship for excellence in mathematics studies

Awarded 2017-2018 John Grund Memorial Engineering Scholarship for excellence in nuclear engineering studies

Awarded Stanford Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Fellowship

Awarded Charles H. Kruger Stanford Graduate Fellowship