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Primary professional activities:

  • Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies - College of Sciences and Mathematics
  • Professor in the Physics Department at Auburn University
  • Charles W. Barkley Professor and Diverstity Faculty Mentor for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity [2015 - 2020]
  • Director of the Magnetized Plasma Research Laboratory [MPRL]
  • Co-PD, NSF-EPSCoR RII-Track 1:  Connecting the Plasma Universe to Plasma Technology in Alabama (CPU2AL)


Other current professional activities:

  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Plasma Physics:  2015 - 2021
  • Member of the Facility Science Team for the PK-4 and PlasmaLab microgravity projects - joint Russian-German International Space Station (ISS) projects.
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Caribbean Green Technology Center at the University of the Virgin Islands
  • Member of the International Advisory Committee for the International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas.
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Low Temperature Plasma Science Center - Control of Plasma Kinetics at University of Michigan: 2011 - present
  • Consultant for the non-profit organization - Quality Education for Minorities (QEM Network)


Some past professional activities:

  • Lawrence C. Wit Professor in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) [2012 - 2017]
  • Member of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics Executive Committee: 2013 - 2016
  • National Academies of Science (NAS) - Plasma Sciences Committee (PLSC): 2004 - 2008. Link to the Plasma 2010 report
  • American Physical Society (APS) - Committee on Minorities (COM): 2005-2008
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the University Fusion Association (UFA): 2009 - 2012
  • Member of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC): 2002 - 2013
  • Co-organizer of the 14th Workshop on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas, May, 2015 in Auburn, Alabama and Special Issue of IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science on Dusty Plasmas (April, 2016).
  • Organizer of the ad hoc Workshop on Magnetized Dusty Plasmas, October, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.
  • Organizer of the 10th Worskhop on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas, June, 2003 in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.


Honors and awards:

  • Elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) - (2015)
  • Auburn SPS - Most Outstanding Professor (MOP) Award - (Spring, 2014)
  • Professional Improvement Leave - (Spring, 2013)
  • Dean's Research Award - College of Sciences and Mathematics - Auburn University (2013)
  • Elected as Fellow of the Alabama Academy of Sciences (2012)
  • Elected as Fellow of the National Society of Black Physicists (2011)
  • Professional Improvement Leave – Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Iowa (Fall, 2006)
  • Elected for membership, International Union of Radio Science (URSI), Commission H (2004)
  • Outstanding Academic Advisor – College of Science and Mathematics – Auburn University (2003)
  • CAREER - Faculty Early Career Development award - National Science Foundation (1998)
  • National Society of Black Physicists - Outstanding Dissertation Award (1998)
  • Auburn University, Physics Department – Outstanding Graduate Research Award (1996)
  • Alabama / Department of Energy EPSCoR Traineeship (1994)
  • AT&T Bell Laboratories - Corporate Research Fellowship Program (1989)
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