Benjamin Tong Yee PhD

Benjamin Yee


Ben is part of the Laser, Optics, and Remote Sensing department where he specializes in the experimental and numerical study of low temperature plasmas. His focus is on plasma sheaths and how small changes in their properties can drastically alter the overall plasma.


  • Graduate Student Researcher, University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, MI (2008-2013)
  • Graduate Fellow, NASA Glenn Research Center: Cleveland, OH (2010, 2011)
  • Graduate Student Instructor, Radiation Detection, University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, MI (2009)
  • Intern, ElectroDynamic Applications: Ann Arbor, MI (2008)
  • Fabrication Engineer Intern, Micron Technology: Boise, ID (2007)
  • Intern, Los Alamos National Laboratory: Los Alamos, NM (2006)


  • Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (Plasma Science and Engineering Certificate), University of Michigan, 2013
  • M.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, 2009
  • B.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (Minor in Mathematics), University of Michigan, 2007

Awards, Honors, & Memberships

  • Michigan Institute of Plasma Science and Engineering Fellow (2012)
  • NASA Graduate Student Researcher Program Fellow (2009-2011)
  • Engineering Outreach Teaching Fellow (2010)
  • Michigan Initiative on Student NASA Exploration Research Grant (2008)
  • University Honors (2007)
  • Dean's List (2006, 2007)


  • Plasma diagnostics: spectroscopy, interferometry, physical probes, high-speed imaging
  • Plasma simulations: particle-in-cell, global models, high performance computing
  • Nuclear: detection, neutron transport


  • B.T. Yee, B.R. Weatherford, E.V. Barnat, and J.E. Foster, "Dynamics of a helium repetitively-pulsed nanosecond discharge," J. Phys. D. Appl. Phys., 46, 505204 (2013). doi:10.1088/0022-3727/46/50/505204
  • J.E. Foster, B.R. Weatherford, B.T. Yee, and M. Gupta, "Evolution of underwater DBD plasma jet," IEEE T. Plasma Sci., 39, 2666-2667 (2011). doi:10.1109/TPS.2011.2145006
  • J.E. Foster, B.S. Sommers, B.R. Weatherford, B.T. Yee, and M. Gupta, "Characterization of the evolution of underwater DBD jet," Plasma Sources Sci. Technol., 20, 0340018 (2011). doi:10.1088/0963-0252/20/3/034018
  • J.E. Foster, E.D. Gillman, and B.T. Yee "Underwater operation of a DBD plasma jet," Plasma Sources Sci. Technol., 19, 025001 (2010). doi:10.1088/0963-0252/19/2/025001