Franklin Dollar has joined the Kapteyn-Murnane group as a research associate in October 2012. He is from California originally, and is a member of the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians. He has a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California, Berkeley, then obtained an M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His thesis work involved plasma physics with ultrafast laser systems, performing high intensity lasers interacting with near and above critical density plasmas for the generation of soft and hard x-rays; and the simulation of such experiments using numerical modeling. He is involved with a variety of recruitment and retention efforts for underrepresented students in STEM fields, with a particular focus on American Indians.
2013 John Dawson Thesis Prize