- Program Year: 2
- Academic Institution: Stanford University
- Field of Study: Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Academic Advisor: Sigrid Close
Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2018)
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
Summary of Research
My research focuses on studying the effects of microscopic meteoroids and space debris particles as they impact spacecraft at extremely high velocities (7-72 km/s). These particles are too small to cause mechanical damage. However, at these high velocities the impactor vaporizes and generates a plasma plume that can create radio frequency emissions and electromagnetic pulses as it expands outwards, potentially damaging spacecraft electronics. This plume transitions from a warm dense matter state to a collisionless plasma as it expands into the vacuum.
My goal is to computationally model the impact and expansion phases to better understand the underlying physics of how these impacts may threaten spacecraft. In particular, I am interested in how the plasma interacts with dust particles present in the space environment, many of which are on similar scales as the impactor, to see what role dusty plasma effects play.
Jacob Price and Gil Shohet. "Coupling the BGK Equation and Molecular Dynamics in a Multiscale Plasma Simulation." Conference presentation. 58th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, November, 2016. San Jose, California.
Jacob Price and Gil Shohet, Haack, J., and Murillo, M. "The Heterogeneous Multiscale Method: Combining Molecular Dynamics with Kinetic Theory." Conference presentation. Nambe Quarterly Meeting, July, 2015. Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Jacob Price and Gil Shohet, Marciante, M., Haack, J., and Murillo, M. "A Heterogeneous Multiscale Model for Plasma Simulation." Poster presentation with oral component. Los Alamos National Laboratory Annual Student Poster Symposium, August, 2016. Los Alamos, New Mexico.
DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship, 2017
NASA NSTRF Fellowship, 2017 (Declined)
NSF GFRP Honorable Mention, 2017
Stanford Graduate Engineering Fellowship, 2015, Awarded a four-quarter fellowship from the Stanford Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Bronze Tablet, 2015, Awarded as honor for graduating in the top 3% of students at the University of Illinois
Dean's List, 2011-2015, Honorable mention for outstanding academic performance all semesters at the University of Illinois
University Achievement Scholar, 2011, Awarded four-year scholarship for undergraduate education at the University of Illinois
Boeing Freshman Scholarship, 2011, Awarded to outstanding entering freshmen in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois
Eggers Fred Engineering Freshman Scholarship, 2011, Awarded to outstanding entering freshmen at the University of Illinois