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Maria Elena Innocenti

Maria Elena was born in Turin, in the North-West of Italy. She studied Physical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Turin.  During her master thesis, she spent several months at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After graduating, she worked for two years as software engineer in an Italian aerospace company. She later joined the University of Leuven, Belgium, where she obtained her PhD in 2013, under the supervision of Professor Giovanni Lapenta. She has then been awarded two postdoctoral fellowship by the Flemish Research Council, the main funding body for scientific research in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.

  • IV 2009-V 2013   PhD in Applied Mathematics at University of Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium
  • XI 2004-IV 2007  MSc in Physical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
  • IX 2001-X 2004   BSc in Physical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

Research Interests
  • PIC/ Monte Carlo methods and simulations
  • Magnetic reconnection and kinetic instabilities in space plasmas
  • High Performance Computing
  • Data Assimilation for space weather forecasting models

Professional Experience
  • VI 2013- IV 2018 Postdoctoral researcher at University of Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium
  • VII 2007- IV 2009 Software engineer / system integrator at Alenia Aeronautica, Italy
  • VIII 2006-IV 2007 Trainee at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Selected Awards
  • 2014 and 2017: FWO (Flemish Research Council) postdoctoral fellowship
  • 2018: NASA postdoctoral program

Selected Publications
  • Innocenti, M. E., Cazzola, E., Mistry, R., Eastwood, J. P., Goldman, M. V., Newman, D. L., Markidis, S., and Lapenta, G. (2017a). Switch-off slow shock/rotational discontinuity structures in collisionless magnetic reconnection: What to look for in satellite observations. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(8):3447–3455. 2017GL073092.
  • Innocenti, M., Norgren, C., Newman, D. L., Goldman, M. V., Markidis, S., and Lapenta, G. (2016b). Study of electric and magnetic field fluctuations from lower hybrid drift instability waves in the terrestrial magnetotail with the fully kinetic, semi- implicit, adaptive multi level multi domain method. Physics of Plasmas, 23:052902.
  • Cazzola, E., Innocenti, M. E., Goldman, M. V., Newman, D. L., Markidis, S., and Lapenta, G. (2016). On the electron agyrotropy during rapid asymmetric magnetic island coalescence in presence of a guide field. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(15):7840–7849. 2016GL070195.
  • Innocenti, M., Goldman, M., Newman, D., Markidis, S., and Lapenta, G. (2015b). Evidence of magnetic field switch-off in collisionless magnetic reconnection. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 810(2):L19.
  • Innocenti, M., Beck, A., Ponweiser, T., Markidis, S., and Lapenta, G. (2015a). Introduction of temporal sub-stepping in the multi-level multi-domain semi-implicit particle-in-cell code parsek2d-mlmd. Computer Physics Communications, 189(0):47 – 59.
  • Innocenti, M., Lapenta, G., Markidis, S., Beck, A., and Vapirev, A. (2013). A Multi Level Multi Domain Method for Particle In Cell plasma simulations. Journal of Computational Physics, 238(0):115 – 140.

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