Michael Churchill

  • phone: 609-243-2136
  • email: rchurchi@pppl.gov

Dr. Michael Churchill is a postdoctoral research scientist at PPPL, focusing on computational methods to understand tokamak physics in the challenging edge region, including the pedestal and scrape-off layer. He is a member of the US SciDAC Center for Edge Physics Simulation (EPSI), led by Principal Investigator Choong-Seock Chang. Michael's current research focuses on data management and applying advanced analytics to the terabyte-sized data sets generated by the XGC suite of codes run on leading supercomputers, including the gyrokinetic turbulence code XGC1. Dr. Churchill earned his Ph.D. degree in 2014 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he performed experimental research on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, developing a novel edge Charge Exchange Recombination Spectroscopy diagnostic to study poloidal impurity asymmetries in the pedestal region. He received his BA in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University.