Hello! My name is Julian Picard, and I'm currently a graduate student at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at MIT.
I graduated from the University of Washington in 2014 with a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Art History in the Fall of 2013. I had a wonderful experience at the UW, and both degrees felt very important in forming my current interests and perspective.
After my Junior year, I worked as a student intern for Eagle Harbor Technologies, a small physics research & development company specializing in pulsed power and high voltage nanosecond pulse generators. I started to work full time with EHT after I graduated, and have done so since. My research at EHT has varied immensely between projects, from fundamental electrical engineering for the creation and commercialization of their standard product line, to novel applications of our technology such as low-temperature plasma generation for surface treatment, to design of novel magnetic "B-dot" probes. We work from a physics perspective in all of our research, and our mix of modeling, theory, and empirical testing is fantastic and inspiring for me.
Despite how much I loved my job, I decided to head back to school to work towards my PhD. Given the experiences of my those I work for (whose jobs i want in the long-term) and my own desire to continue my education, it felt like the right course for me. In the Fall of 2016, I moved to Boston to start my PhD in physics at MIT.