I am currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Computational, Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at Michigan State University. I am a research assistant in Dr. Michael S. Murillo’s laboratoryfocusing on computational plasma physics. Additionally, I am a year-round intern at Sandia National Laboratory in the high-energy-density physics theory organization.

Luke Stanek

Before coming to Michigan State university, I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degree in applied mathematics from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, which is also my hometown.

Some of my interests include: cooking, coffee, Cleveland Indians baseball, and camping/hiking. I also have a passion for teaching and helping students. I have taught many classes both at The University of Akron and MSU.

Ongoing Research:

  1. Kinetic Theory for Ultracold Neutral Plasmas
  2. Effective Pair Potentials for Warm Dense Matter
  3. Physics Informed Machine Learning

Publications & Preprints: 



  • BS/MS, Applied Mathematics The University of Akron,  May 2017
  • PhD, Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, Michigan State University, Spring 2022