Bouchet Scholar Hall to present PhD defense Jan. 23

Karla Hall
PhD candidate and Bouchet Scholar Karla Hall

Bouchet Scholar and doctoral candidate Karla Hall will present her PhD thesis defense, titled “Morphology Changes Due to Energetic Helium Ion Irradiation of Tungsten Surfaces at High Temperatures” at 4 pm on Wednesday, January 23 in Room 1307 in the Engineering Research Building.

The presentation is also available via a live stream on YouTube, available 15 minutes prior to Hall’s presentation. The video will also be available for a limited time for the remainder of the week.

Karla B. Hall is a Graduate Engineering Research Scholars (GERS) fellow and PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at UW–Madison. She conducts interdisciplinary research with Dr. Gerald Kulcinski in the Nuclear Engineering department, exploring the effects of energetic helium ions on tungsten with the aim of finding a crystal orientation that is less susceptible to radiation damage for fusion reactor diverters and first walls, such as ITER.

In 2018, Hall was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, recognizing her outstanding scholarly achievement. Bouchet Society members exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

Read more about Hall on the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society webpage.