Jake received his bachelor's degree from West Virginia University (WVU), where he focused on developing and implementing various novel diagnostic techniques for the characterization of helicon plasma sources both at WVU and Oak Ridge National Lab. Primarily, his research interests lie in non-perturbative diagnostics and basic plasma science, especially their relevance to space physics, thermonuclear fusion, and medicine. When Jake is not woking in the lab, he likes to spend his free time sailing, hiking, and kayaking.
Lucas is from Ackley, Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa. His research focuses on sheath instabilities. He is also a member of the Baalrud theoretical plasma group.