Board approves three faculty appointments

April 17, 2013 1:45 p.m.

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of three faculty members, including one full professor and two assistant professors.


Hantao Ji, in astrophysical sciences, joined the faculty effective Feb. 1, 2013, from the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, where he is a principal research physicist and has been on staff since 1995. He has also been a lecturer in the University's graduate-level Program in Plasma Physics since 2006.

Ji specializes in experimental plasma physics, with research interests including magnetic reconnection, dynamo effects in laboratory plasmas and beam-plasma discharges. Ji received his bachelor's degree in physics from Ehime University and his doctorate in physics from the University of Tokyo.

Assistant professor

Jessica Irving, in geosciences, joined the faculty on Feb. 1, 2013, for a term of three and a half years. Irving earned her bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where she had been a research associate since 2009.

Claire White, in civil and environmental engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, will join the faculty Aug. 1, 2013, for a three-year term. White, a materials researcher currently serving as a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, a bachelor's degree in physics, and a doctorate in chemical engineering, all from the University of Melbourne.