Fierro Awarded IEEE DEIS Graduate Student Fellowship

Andrew Fierro, a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded a $5,000 fellowship from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS). Each year, the DEIS Graduate Student Fellowship is awarded to applicants who submit a research proposal in the areas of electrical insulation and dielectric phenomena and is open to candidates all over the world.

Fierro was selected as one of three outstanding proposals for his work on experimental and simulation techniques of low-temperature plasmas. Applications for his work include semiconductor plasma processing, higher efficiency combustion, and lighting technology. Specifically, his project involves high-resolution, time-resolved imaging and spectroscopy of low-temperature plasma development. Additionally, he is developing next-generation three-dimensional simulations of plasma development using graphics processing units (GPU) for parallelization of intensive calculations. This work would help with understanding the fundamental processes leading to the formation of plasma.

In his career thus far, he has received funding support from the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC), as well as travel grants for attending Gaseous Electronics and Pulsed Power conferences. He has authored and contributed to five peer-reviewed journal articles, 18 conference proceedings papers, and attended five technical conferences where he presented his research. Fierro is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree under Dr. Andreas Neuber, AT&T Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics.