High Field Science staff and students

A team posing for a photo
EP experimental team 2020: (from left) Prof. Louise Willingale, Dr. Paul T Campbell, Dr. Andrew McKelvey, Hongmei Tang, and Brandon Russell.
[Photo credit: Eugene Kowaluk (LLE)]

Current PhD students

Brendan Stassel (Applied Physics)

Hongmei Tang (EE)

Veronica Contreras (EE)

Hear Brandon talk about being a graduate students at Michigan:

Note to potential graduate students: I accept PhD students mainly through the ECE department or the Applied Physics program. Please see their websites for information on how to apply. Other useful information on applying for a PhD in plasma physics may be found on the MIPSE website.


  • Brandon K Russell, PhD (EE, 2022). Dissertation titled “Magnetic Field Dynamics and Shock Physics at the High Intensity Frontier of Laser Plasma Interactions” .
  • Carl Gerisch (ECE undergraduate researcher, 2021 – 2022), Project title: “Proton deflectometry analysis of magnetic fields driven by laser-foil interactions”
  • Lillian Croghan (UROP project student, 2021 – 2022) Project title: “Build and characterize a liquid crystal target for high-intensity laser-plasma experiments”
  • Krishen Ratnayaka (UROP project student, 2018-2019) Project title: “Digitization and analysis of proton radiograph film data”