Gil Shohet

  • Program Year: 2
  • Academic Institution: Stanford University
  • Field of Study: Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Academic Advisor: Sigrid Close
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2018)
  • Degree(s):
    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.


Gil Shohet, Jake Price, Jeff Haack, Mathieu Marciante, and Michael S. Murillo. "A Heterogeneous Multiscale Method Connecting Kinetic Theory and
Molecular Dynamics." Conference presentation. 13th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, July 2018. New York, New York

Gil Shohet and Sigrid Close. "Investigation of Dusty Plasma Effects in Hypervelocity Impacts." Poster presentation. 15th Dusty Plasma Workshop, May 2018. Baltimore, Maryland.

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. 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