Nigel DaSilva

Graduate Student

Nigel is a 1st year PhD student in plasma physics, who received his bachelors degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Advisor: Michael Mauel
Research Focus: In conjunction with his passions for environmentalism and clean energy, Nigel became committed to working on magnetic confinement fusion devices after completing a SULI at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab before his senior year of undergrad. Upon graduating with a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2021, Nigel was drawn to working on HBT-EP due to the uniquely hands-on research opportunities it offers graduate students. Though he is only in his first year of his PhD, he is working under Dr. Mike Mauel analyzing tokamak instabilities via data from hard x-ray detectors, as well as optimizing the hardware and configuration of said devices. Nigel is especially interested in the more hands-on nature of fusion research and data analysis, and is excited to further engage with all the research prospects that Columbia has to offer