Future technologies & enabling plasma Processes


Building plasma science and engineering (PSE) research capacity in AL, including Low-Temperature Plasma (LTP) and space plasma science, in academic institutions and partners


Supporting undergraduate and graduate education, training, and research opportunities, and encouraging and enabling access to plasma physics for diverse populations


Creating new educational and outreach resources and plans for  K-12 students and teachers, promoting plasma science and engineering (PSE) and general STEM

Ftpp initiative

The NSF EPSCoR Future Technologies and Enabling Plasma Processes (FTPP) is a 10-member university and industry consortium. The project leverages Alabama’s laboratory and space plasma science expertise to contribute scientific knowledge, technologies, and workforce to Alabama’s aerospace, manufacturing, advanced materials, medical, bioscience, and agricultural sectors.

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Lead Institution: The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary P Zank
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This image presents the collaboration among the partners.


What is plasma?

Plasma is a state of matter consisting of a collection of ionized particles, electrically neutral atoms, and molecules. It makes up more than 90% of the observable universe and underpins several high-tech manufacturing industries. Familiar forms of plasma include the sun, stars, lightning, neon signs, television screen displays, welder’s torches, and rocket exhaust.

Shoutout to our FTPP Marketing and Outreach Intern, Deonna Banks. “I’m eager to develop expertise in marketing and coordination,” she says. “I believe this opportunity could provide me with invaluable experience essential for aspiring administrators.”✨🪐

👉 Read about her role and story with the article linked in our bio!
Deonna will be doing an Instagram story takeover on our account (@alabamaphysics) for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), Boule and Undergrad Summit 2024. Check back in from July 6-11 to learn more!
Exciting News! 🎉
Sujan Prasad Gautam, FTPP graduate student at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, has published a new article! 🌟 Read the highlight from the link in our bio ➡️
Happy Friday! ✨

Check out some photos of a strong geomagnetic storm that made the northern lights (aurora borealis) visible in Huntsville, Alabama this past month. The pictures were taken by one of our graduate students. We hope your weekend is just as spectacular! 🎨🌌
FTPP Made National News‼️

We are thrilled to announce that our cooperative agreement and alabamaphysics.com website have been featured in The Washington Post! A huge thanks to our amazing faculty, researchers, students, staff, and NSF for making this possible. Check out the full article in our bio!

Keep shooting for the stars! ✨🚀

#FTPPAL #AlabamaPhysics #thewashingtonpost #physics #research #nsffunded
Looking back on an amazing week at the FTPP Annual Meeting: ✨👀✨

Three days packed with enlightening presentations, captivating posters, and esteemed guest speakers. Our students showcased remarkable work, and we had the privilege of engaging with Dr. Sandra Richardson, Head of NSF’s RCC and Dr. Tracey Morant Adams, Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. The future shines brilliantly for FTPP! 🌟

#ftppal #nsffunded #aka #research #alabama
Under the spell of the Eclipse, Huntsville, AL shines bright again this weekend! 🌞 Grateful for our incredible community at @uahuntsville, our dedicated graduate students, and generous sponsors, @imapspacemission and @shield_dsc. Here’s to more beautiful days ahead! 🌟 #FTPPAL #huntsvillealabama #eclipse
Who’s pumped for the upcoming eclipse? 🤩🌕☀️

Join us at @uahuntsville’s Charger Union (breezeway) on April 8th for an epic eclipse experience!

Our Graduate Students are gearing up with some exciting eclipse activities. Be part of the 90% totality magic right here in Huntsville, AL!🌒

Save the date:

🗓️ April 8, 2024
🕛 12 - 3 PM
📍 4705 Holmes Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35899
🔗More info in the link in our bio
From a ‘nerdy kid’ in the U.S. Virgin Islands to the Dean of Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), Dr. Edward Thomas Jr. recognizes the influence of black physicists on his journey🚀

As a lead investigator for FTPP, he emphasizes the strength of diversity in advancing plasma research. 

Read the full article with the link in our bio➡️
✨Dive into the latest insights!

Explore a world of knowledge with our recent articles, featuring the brilliant minds of the FTPP Partner Leads—Co-Investigators shaping the future of Future Technologies & Enabling Plasma Processes... Plus much more!

🗞️Check out our news here with the link in our bio!
Spotted Kendall at Tulane University during CUWiP! 🌟 A former ISWC (International Space Weather Camp) intern, she showcased her SANSA research with an impressive poster. We are so proud of you, Kendall! 💙 #CUWiP #cuwip2024 #FTPPAL #nsffunded
🔍 Spread the word!✨ FTPP is offering paid student research summer opportunities for the Summer of 2024. Dive into the details and discover firsthand experiences from past students. 📚💡 Applications are OPEN! 
➡️ Link is in our Highlights

#ResearchOpportunities #FTPPAL #STEM #nsffunded
We have launched a NEW SERIES! Tomorrow’s PSE Leaders! 🚀

Check out the first of our bimonthly webinar series with the brilliant Dr. Eleanor Williamson as she dives into "Quantifying color: using a spectrometer to diagnose gas density within a plasma." 🔬The link is in our bio to explore the world of cutting-edge research! 

#PSELeaders #WebinarSeries #ScienceInnovation #AlabamaPhysics #FTPPAL #nsffunded
Grateful for the opportunity to share our passion for FTPP at The Huntsville Rotary Club! Thank you to Rotarian D. Scott McLain for the invite. Here's to the exciting journey ahead! 🚀 #FTPP #RotaryClub #huntsvillealabama
New year, new opportunities! 🎉⏳ Make your resolution count by joining our summer internship programs. The countdown is on to kickstart your career! Link to apply is in our bio ➡️

#NewYearNewGoals #InternshipOpportunity #ftppal #nsf #nsffunded
🌟 Calling all STEM Undergraduate and Graduate Students! 🌟
Your opportunity awaits! Applications are now LIVE for our four phenomenal summer internship programs. Advance in your field, develop your skills, and connect with industry experts... Spread the word and apply today!


✨🚀 #STEMInternships #FutureLeaders #FTPPInternships #FTPPAL #NSFfunded
Meet Syed Ayaz, CIPTA 2023 intern at FTPP and Ph.D. student at UAH, as he shares his story about breaking barriers in space science! From Waziristan to cutting-edge research, his journey is an inspiration to us all!

💙 LINK IN BIO for the full article 🔗

#SpaceScience #nsffunded #nsf #ftppal
⭐️✨What an incredible Saturday it was last weekend✨⭐️

We’re still buzzing with excitement and gratitude for all of you who joined us at our Solar Eclipse Viewing event.

A special thanks to UAH CSPAR and @imapspacemission who also helped make it all happen 🫶

Stay tuned for some fun upcoming STEM events!

#STEM #solareclipse #uahuntsville #FTPPAL #nsffunded
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 14th as we gather on the UAH campus to witness the magic of a partial solar eclipse. 🌒✨ Expect a day filled with thrilling eclipse activities, a solar viewing tent, Galileoscopes with sun funnels, and an unforgettable experience with solar viewers 🌟

🗓️ October 14th, 2023
🕥 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
📍The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Charger Union breezeway/lawn, 4705 Holmes Ave Huntsville, AL 35899

🔭 Don't miss out on this celestial spectacle! We can't wait to see you there! 🤩👀

#FTPPAL #SolarEclipse #IMAP #NSFfunded
Join us for the @uahscience Women of Science: Distinguished Speaker Series at the Planetarium, U.S. Space & Rocket Center! 🔬 

The first guest speaker is Dr. Risa Wechsler, an astronomer from Stanford University. The event is FREE, secure your spot on Eventbrite with the link in our bio!

🗓️October 24th, 2023
🕔5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
📍INTUITIVE® Planetarium at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL

Unlocking the Sun's Scorching Secret! 🔥☀️ Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe Join Forces to Crack the 65-Year-Old Mystery 🌟🔬

See what our Director, Dr. Gary P. Zank, as well as other FTPP researchers who collaborated on this effort, had to say about this discovery. Link in our bio for the @europeanspaceagency press release!

#SpaceScience #space #ftppfunded #ESA #ftppal #sun #NASA #parkersolarprobe #solarorbiter
Auburn University & FTPP graduate student, Katherine Sierra, finds passion for food science, listeria prevention 🔬⭐️

Read the new article, linked in our bio, to follow her amazing journey. Despite only mastering English two years ago, Katherine's dedication to her craft led her to read peer-reviewed papers to enhance her scientific vocabulary.

Photos: Courtesy Auburn University
Mentoring interns has benefits for the mentors and their organizations.

⭐️Want to know how? Read our newest article, linked in our bio ➡️
FTPP Grad Student, Adam Smith, from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, publishes a new article in the @springernature Journal.

“Many of the problems our society faces could be solved with new materials, which makes these types of neural networks a game changer in the field of material science, ” according to Adam.

🔗 Check out article on our website, linked in bio, for more information!

#ftppal #nsffunded #newmaterials #UAB
Curious about our FTPP interns' summer adventures?
Check out the news on our website (linked in our bio) for in-depth articles highlighting each internship and our students' incredible experiences!

#FTPPAL #interns #alabama #nsffunded
Congratulations to one of our very own 2023 RIPP interns, Karim Haddad. Karim completed his internship at @exploreuab this summer and participated in the UAB Expo. He qualified for third place in the Physical and Applied Science category. Congratulations, Karim! 👏⭐️

#alabama #research #nsffunded #ftppal
The International Space Weather Camp, funded by the NSF EPSCoR FTPP, made the news! 🗞 🎥 

Link in our bio for the full clip!

#FTPPAL #alabama #uahuntsville #iswc #nsffunded
Do you want to know how  internships can increase participation in space physics and help students determine whether the field is for them? Learn more in an article about Dr. Mehmet Sarp Yalim’s research on the topic! Link in bio!
Everyone say hello to our FTPP Marketing Intern, Geralyn Hinton! 👋

To learn more about Geralyn & her role, read the article on our website, linked in our bio! 📲
We’ve had some successful and productive past few days at the FTPP Annual Meeting in Portland Maine! A big thank you to our guest speakers, Dr. Tom Looby and Dr. Harlan Spence for sharing their knowledge and expertise with us.

#FTPPAL #AlabamaPhysics #nsffunded #EPSCoR #Alabama
Congratulations to Katherine Melendrez! 🏅

To learn more about her research, checkout the article on our website, link in our bio! ✨

#FTPPAL #research #nsffunded #alabama #physics #plasma
FTPP has launched a Graduate Student Working Group! See what group leaders, Kat and Jared, had to say by checking out the news article on our website! ✨
Our group enjoyed collaborating amongst the different Universities over the weekend for the FTPP 2023 Annual Retreat! 💫

#FTPPAL #nsfepscor #plasma #guntersville
Applications are due MARCH 15, 2023. There’s still time to APPLY! Swipe to learn more ➡️

Link for more information is in our bio 🤩💫
The application deadline is approaching! ➡️ Make sure to submit all of your applications by March 15, 2023. ✅
Check out our new articles on our website!🤩

Learn more about our summer internship programs and the FTPP outreach efforts!

What is FTPP? What type of internships does FTPP offer? How are 9 universities and an industry involved? ➡️ all of these questions are ANSWERED!

Link in bio 📍
Last weekend, FTPP attended the AKA POISE (Power of Internships in South Eastern) event, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL. It was a blast meeting so many students and sharing with them our wonderful internship programs ⭐️

Want to know more? Click on the link in our bio!✨

#FTPPAL #aka #poise #huntsville #alabama #internship
Black History Month Highlight✨

Guion S. “Guy” Bluford (BS Eng 1964) was the first African American to go to space on August 30, 1983, as a member of the crew aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

#blackhistorymonth #STEM #NASA #GuionBluford
Today we celebrate the brilliance, resilience, and achievements of women and girls in science. Let's continue to break down barriers and create a more inclusive and diverse scientific community for a brighter future! 💕

Check out the quote by Dr. Mae Jemison, an American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel to space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

#WomenInScience #GirlsInScience #IDWGS #WomenInSTEM #nsffunded

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About the cooperative agreement

FTPP involves a partnership comprising nine universities and a research corporation in Alabama and is funded through Cooperative Agreement OIA-2148653 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 five-year grant within the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)*. The FTPP project is overseen by the Alabama EPSCoR Steering Committee.

* Disclaimer: The opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Alabama becomes a world-renowned hub for PSE (Plasma Science Engineering) through developing transformative future technologies (such as advanced materials, food safety and sterilization, space weather prediction) and building foundational plasma science research and industry with a skilled workforce.


Our mission is to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our research, education, and workforce development initiatives. We are committed to creating a culture of belonging and respect, where individuals from all backgrounds are welcomed, supported, and empowered to participate fully in shaping our project’s work and impact.


FTPP will build research, education, economic, and workforce capacity in pursuit of making foundational discoveries in space and laboratory plasma physics and create future societally transformative technologies in the State of AL, utilizing Alabama’s statewide expertise in plasma science and technology.