Prof. Liang completed his Physics PhD in 1971 at UC Berkeley at the age of twenty three years. He joined the Rice faculty in 1991 after teaching careers at Michigan State and Stanford Universities, plus research and management positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He was an associate/deputy division leader in the Physics Directorate of LLNL prior to moving to Rice. His current research
interests are in high energy astrophysics, and plasma interactions with ultra-intense lasers, with applications to antimatter creation, laboratory astrophysics, fusion and particle accelerators. He is also interested in problems in fluid dynamics. He is the author or coauthor of over 260 papers and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Website: http://spacibm.rice.edu/~liang
Professor Liang teaches
ASTR100: Astrobiology in the Spring Semester of 2013.
Current Graduate Student: Alexander Henderson
Current Postdoc: Wen Fu (PhD 2012, Cornell University)
Current Undergraduate Research Assistants: Taylor Clarke (BS 2013), Yi Hua (BS 2015), Seth Davis (BS 2014)
Recent PhD Graduates: Dan Kocevski (PhD 2006, NSF Fellow at UC Berkeley and Kavli Institute Stanford, above picture left);
Guy Hilburn (PhD 2012)
Recent Postdocs: Kochi Noguchi (Technical Staff, Advancesoft, Tokyo, above picture right); Xin Wang (Shanghai Institute
of Optics) Position Open: Graduate research assistant in Fluid Dynamics in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory. Research will focus on the dynamics of deformable objects in fluids using state-of-the-art computer codes. Student must be willing to work off site part-time at Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Dr. Edison Liang
Office: 342 Herman Brown Hall