Dr. Damiano is a Staff Research Physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Dr. Damiano holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and a M.Sc. in Atmospheric Physics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Previously, he held research appointments at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and with the Solar and Magnetospheric MHD Theory Group in the Mathematical Institute at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
His research interests are in the area of computational space plasma physics (kinetic and MHD simulations), MHD waves, wave-particle interactions, particle acceleration and magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. He is currently focused on using kinetic simulation techniques to understand particle energization in planetary Alfvenic aurora and in solar coronal plasmas. He has also been involved in research using global magnetospheric MHD simulations to study various aspects of magnetospheric dyamics and magnetospheric-ionosphere coupling including ionospheric oxygen outflow, plasma entry and transport and Alfvenic wave generation. He is the author and co-author of over 20 papers in space plasma and atmospheric physics.