I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute at NYU, and director of the Magneto-Fluid Dynamics division. My main interests are in developing new models and numerical methods to describe fusion plasmas in magnetic confinement experiments and high intensity beams in particle accelerators. You can find a more detailed description of my research interests by clicking on the Research link.



2018 - present: Associate Professor of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
2017 - present: Director of the Undergraduate Math Honors Program, New York University
2020 - 2021: Professeur invité / hôte académique, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
2012 - 2018: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
2010 - 2012: Post-Doctoral Associate, MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center
2005 - 2010: PhD in Applied Plasma Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (PhD advisor: J.P. Freidberg)
2002 - 2005: Diplôme d'ingénieur civil de l'Ecole des Mines de Paris, option Génie atomique
2000 - 2002: Classes Préparatoires scientifiques, MPSI-MP, Lycee Kleber, Strasbourg


  • IOP trusted reviewer (2020)
  • US DoE Early Career Award (2014 - 2019)
  • Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow (2013)
  • Graduate Student Presentation Award, International Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference (2009)


    In order to limit my carbon footprint, I will only travel by air when my presence at an event is absolutely necessary for the event to function properly. The covid-19 pandemic showed that such events are very rare. For example, I will not travel by air solely for invited talks at conferences, laboratories or universities, as these can easily be given with modern videoconferencing software.


    • Silvia Espinosa, Post-doctoral associate
    • Paul Beckman, PhD student
    • Frederick Law, PhD student
    • Evan Toler, PhD student
    • Clement Li, Master student
    • Fred Shi, Undergraduate student

    • Eugenia Kim (2018-2021), Post-doctoral associate (Now at the Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS))
    • Dhairya Malhotra (2017-2020), Post-doctoral associate (Now at the Flatiron Institute)
    • Tonatiuh Sanchez-Vizuet (2016-2020), Post-doctoral associate (Now at the University of Arizona, Tucson)
    • Lee Ricketson (2014-2016), Courant Instructor (Now at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
    • Jungpyo Lee (2013 - 2015), Post-doctoral associate (Now at Hanyang University, South Korea)
    • Joe Guadagni, Numerical solver for the two-dimensional Vlasov-Poisson equations in gyrokinetic variables, PhD thesis (2015) (Now at Rutgers)
    • Oren Bassik, A comparison of schemes for the numerical approximation of the gyroaveraging operator, Master thesis (2021) (Now PhD student at CUNY)
    • Shiting Hu, Fast, High Order Computation of Magnetic Surfaces of Toroidal Fusion Devices, Master thesis (2019) (Now PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin)
    • Michael Rawson, Sparse Grid Combination Technique for the Grad-Shafranov Equation with the Curvililinear Finite Element Method, Master thesis (2017) (Now PhD student at the University of Maryland, College Park)
    • Dimitrios Andriopoulos, Numerical Axisymmetric Global Gravitational Equilibrium for Magnetized, Rotating, Hot Plasmas, Master Thesis (2017)
    • Ron Wu, A new method for computing the magnetic configuration of toroidal fusion devices, Master thesis (2015)
    • Ramzi Abbyad, Linear Stability of the Hard Core Z-pinch in Ideal MHD and Vlasov-Fluid Models, Master thesis (2013)
    • Sanchit Chaturvedi, Undergraduate student, Investigating the Macroscopic Stability of a Hard Core Z-pinch using a Fast, Adaptive ODE solver