Laurie A. Stephey

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I am a Ph.D. candidate in plasma physics/electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. This fall I am excited to start as a postdoc at NERSC in the NESAP for data program.

My Resume

Here is my Resume, updated July 9, 2017

High performance computing skills

I recently attended the Scaling to Petascale Insitute 2017. You can view the HPC badges that I earned in MPI, OpenMP, OpenACC, and KNL architecture here. You can also view my certificate here.

My LinkedIn

Laurie Stephey

Fun project: Yurt Report (automatic cat detection!)

I am working on a fun side project to build and analyze data from an automatic cat-detection system.

Phase 1 of the project is now complete: using a raspberry pi and a force sensor, I built a system to check every five minutes if a cat is in the yurt and tweet the results. You can see my python code at GitHub and see the automatically generated tweets on Twitter.

Phase 2 of the project is now complete: every day, the raspberry pi downloads the past day's twitter data, analyzes it, plots it, and automatically tweets the results. Here is an example plot that was automatically generated and tweeted:

Check out my papers

In progress: Effects of edge magnetic structure on particle penetration and confinement in the HSX and W7-X stellarators, will be submitted to Physics of Plasmas
Spectroscopic diagnostics on W7-X
Physics of the Banjo
You can also view my Google Scholar profile

About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying plasma physics. I work with David Anderson at the HSX stellarator and also work with Oliver Schmitz at the W7-X stellarator in Greifswald, Germany, where I spent 6 months.

In summer 2013, I participated in the Los Alamos Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop. I attended a computational physics lecture series and also worked on a project with Scott Runnels and Todd Urbatsch to simulate X-rays impinging on a surface.

From 2009-2010, I worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Knoxville, Tennessee, for one year. I was a member of the Water Quality Team where I helped collect GPS stream data, coordinated clean-ups and outreach events, and taught the Adopt-A-Watershed curriculum to local middle and high school students.

Right after I graduated from college, I spent the summer (2009) as a Society of Physics Students intern working at NIST Gaithersberg. I worked with Nadine Gergel-Hackett fabricating and testing novel devices (memristors) on a flexible substrate.

I am from Winter Park, Florida. I attended Rollins College where I majored in physics and studied the physics of the banjo in Thomas Moore's musical acoustics research group. I also worked with Elton Graugnard to build and characterize an atomic layer deposition system.

When I'm not at work, I like biking, playing ultimate frisbee, reading, and spending time with my husband and my cats.


You can contact me at stephey at the server.