CONNECT Committee Members

Oak Nelson (Chair)

Affiliation: Columbia University

Position: Postdoc

Bio: Oak is a young plasma researcher currently a postdoc at Columbia. He completed his PhD work at Princeton University. He hopes to continue fusion research after graduate school with a focus on teaching and education. Oak was the chair of the Princeton Plasma graduate student committee and is engaged in several diversity and outreach programs, working actively to combat the gender- and race-related inequalities in our field and to make fusion and plasma research accessible to all.

Marissa B. Adams (Vice Chair)

Affiliation: None

Position: None


Magnus A. Haw (Past Chair)

Affiliation: NASA Ames Research Center

Position: Research Scientist

Bio: Dr. Magnus Haw is currently a staff scientist in the Thermophysics branch at NASA Ames Research Center where he specializes in experimental low-temperature plasma physics and plasma material interactions. For his undergraduate education Dr. Haw received a B.Sc. in physics from the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Caltech in 2018 for work on experimental and numerical studies of cavities, flows, and waves in arched flux ropes in the Bellan group. Currently his work includes studies of MHD instabilities in arcjet plasmas, plasma-surface interactions and development of new heatshield diagnostics for atmospheric re-entry.