Eric Shi (


I am a third-year graduate student in the Princeton University Program in Plasma Physics from Northern Virginia.


  • Princeton University, Ph.D. Candidate in the Program in Plasma Physics, Princeton, NJ (2013 to Present)
  • Princeton University, Master of Arts (Astrophysical Sciences), Princeton, NJ (2011 to 2013)
  • Cornell University, Bachelor of Science (Engineering Physics), Ithaca, NY (2008 to 2011)
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA (2004 to 2008)

Plasma Physics Research

Generally, my current research interests include computational plasma physics, controlled nuclear fusion, and numerical methods. I write code to solve equations.

Gkeyll Prototype Code (2012 to Present)

I am currently investigating advanced algorithms for kinetic simulations of edge plasma turbulence with Ammar Hakim and Greg Hammett.

Lithium Tokamak Experiment (2011 to 2012)

Other Experience

Cornell University

At Cornell University, I spent two semesters between 2010 to 2011 working on an honors thesis project under Professor Chris Xu.

  • Developed a vectorial nonlinear pulse propagation code that solved the Coupled Nonlinear Schrodinger Equations and compared the results to experimentally measured data and a scalar simulation.
  • Worked on the development of a miniaturized piezoelectric fiber raster scanner for medical multiphoton endoscopy.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

I was an intern at the Air and Missile Defense Department in Summer 2010 and January 2011. I consider this one of my more productive periods.

  • Developed a MATLAB model to simulate and investigate the performance of Aegis BMD/SPY launch event counting against advanced ballistic missile threats in the endo-atmosphere.
  • Improved capability of existing baseline specifications to conduct launch event counting.
  • Produced analysis as part of the Integrated Layer Defense System Continuation Study for presentation to sponsors from the Missile Defense Agency with collaborators from MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
  • Developed a program to generate raid scenarios from single threat data based on spacing criteria and search fence information for the Aegis Cued Acquisition IRaD.
  • Created a model of the Aegis Weapon Control System track filter for track accuracy comparison with other track filters.