Pierre-Alexandre Gourdain

My full CV is available as a PDF file.

Present position

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester

Previous positions

  • 2008-2014, NNSA Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
  • 2005-2008, Assistant Researcher and Lecturer, Physics Department, UCLA
  • 2002-2005, Assistant Researcher, Physics Department, UCLA


  • Ph.D. Ecole Centrale de Lyon / UCLA
  • M. S. Ecole Centrale de Lyon
  • Engineering Diploma at Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France

Research Interests

  • Laboratory Astrophysics
  • Warm Dense Matter
  • Plasma diagnostics
  • Magnetohydrodynamics theory and simulations
  • Particle in cell theory and simulations
  • Magnetic and inertial fusion energy
  • Plasma instabilities and micro-turbulence
  • Magnetic reconnections

Synergistic Activities

  • Member of 2009 Research Needs Workshop (ReNeW) on HEDLP
  • Reviewer for NSF and DoE
  • Research Needs Workshop (ReNeW) on HEDLP
  • Physics outreach program