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Chuang Ren

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Physics

Office: Hopeman 214

Phone: (585) 275-2048

Fax: (585) 256-2509

Email: cren@lle.rochester.edu

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Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Ren received his B.S. (1990) and M. S. (1993) degrees in Physics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. He was a postdoctoral researcher and then a staff researcher at UCLA before joining the University as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Scientist of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics in 2004. In 2005, he received a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Physics. In 2006, he was awarded a Faculty Development Award in Plasma Physics from the Department of Energy.

Research:

Prof. Ren's research interest is generally in the area of theoretical and computational Plasma Physics. In particular, he works to apply plasma physics to a wide range of applications including astrophysics, inertial confinement fusion (ICF), plasma-based accelerators, and new radiation sources. Since these applications usually involve a very high energy density driver, his research also falls under the so-called High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) umbrella. A key characteristic of his research in this complex and highly nonlinear area of physics is the interplay between theoretical analysis and large-scale Paricle-in-Cell (PIC) simulations. Currently he is actively seeking students to work in this exciting new field.

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