Yao Zhou, 周尧, entered the Program in Plasma Physics in 2011. He graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China with a B.S. in mathematics and physics.
Yao's thesis project is on developing variational integrators for ideal MHD and applying them to studying current sheet formation. His advisors are Hong Qin and Amitava Bhattacharjee. Yao is interested in theoretical and computational plasma physics, on topics including magnetohydrodynamics, magnetic self-organization, geometric mechanics, structure-preserving discretization, etc.