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Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society

The NPSS Distinguished Lecturers Program (DLP) sponsors the presentation of lectures at NPSS Chapter meetings as well as at IEEE Section and Student Chapter meetings.

In addition, NPSS Distinguished Lecturers are available for presentations to other IEEE entities as well as to non-IEEE organizations, such as universities and colleges.

NPSS Distinguished Lecturers are volunteers who are nominated by the NPSS Technical Committees based on distinguished stature and achievement within their technical communities.

To arrange a lecture, please contact the lecturer directly using the links provided below. For additional information, please contact the Distinguished Lecturers Coordinator Dan Fleetwood.

Resources

Distinguished Lecturer Bi-fold – A brochure describing the NPSS Distinguished Lecturers program.

NPSS DLP – A statement of program guidelines and procedures.

NPSS DL Introduction Slides for Distinguished Lecturers to use.

Lecturers

Dr. Jean Paul Allain

University of Illinois

  • Challenges to a foundational understanding of the plasma-material interface in plasma-burning nuclear fusion reactors
  • Directed irradiation synthesis: manipulating matter in nanoscale self-organized systems

Dr. Janet L. Barth

NASA, retired

  • Space and Atmospheric Radiation Environments
  • The Space Environment from Low Earth Orbits to Deep Space

Dr. Christian Bohm

University of Stockholm

  • How to extract maximum information from radiation detectors
  • Trigger and DAQ systems for large high energy physics experiments

Dr. John D. Cressler

Schlumberger Chair Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
 Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Radiation Effects in Silicon-Based Heterostructure Device Technologies

Dr. Cinzia Da Vià

Professor of Physics at the University of Manchester UK

  • Radiation Detectors: Imaging What You Cannot See

Dr. Alberto Del Guerra

University of Pisa

  • Past, Present and Future of Positron Emission Tomography
  • The current status and challenges of detection and imaging in particle therapy

Dr. Daniel Fleetwood

Vanderbilt University Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Moore’s Law and Radiation Effects on Microelectronics

Dr. Steven Gold

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, retired

  • Development of High Current Thermionic Injector for an Energy Recovery Linac
  • Study of Multipactor in Dielectric-Loaded Accelerating Structures

Dr. Ahmed Hussein

University of Northern British Columbia , Canada, retired

  • The Dual Fluid Reactor: A new concept of a fast power reactor that is the answer to the woes of current nuclear power

Dr. Ralph B. James

Associate Laboratory Director
Energy, Environment and National Security
Brookhaven National Laboratory

  • Nuclear Radiation Detectors – Past, Present and Future
  • Solid-State Cadmium-Zinc-Telluride Gamma Ray Detectors
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory's R&D on Advanced Sensor Technology for Homeland Security Applications

Dr. Allan Johnston

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Radiation Effects in Optoelectronic Devices
  • An Introduction to Space Radiation Effects in Electronics

Dr. Ravindra P. Joshi, Ph.D., P.E

Professor, 
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University

  • Pulsed Power Opens A Gateway to Biomedical Engineering: Tumor Treatment and Drug Delivery, to Nerve Stimulation and Beyond

Dr. Hulya Kirkici

Professor, Electrical and Computer Eng., Auburn University, USA

  • Electrical Insulation and Dielectrics in Repetitive Pulsed Power
  • Gaseous Breakdown at High Frequencies

Dr. Juergen Kolb

University of Rostock, Germany and the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Greifswald, Germany

  • Bioelectrics: Pulsed Power for Medical and Environmental Applications

Dr. Richard Kouzes

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • The End of Helium-3 As We Know It: The Helium-3 Problem
  • Radiation Detection at International Borders
  • Radiation Detection and Its Applications
  • Radiation Detection for National Security
  • Neutrinos: A Personal Journey
  • Borehole Muon Detector for 4D Density Tomography of Subsurface Reservoirs

Dr. Giovanni Lapenta

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

  • The Particle In Cell (PIC) method as a general tool for plasma simulation and beyond
  • The challenge of multiple scales in space weather and fusion plasmas

Dr. Mounir Laroussi

Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Laser & Plasma Engineering Institute Old Dominion University

  • Interaction of Cold Plasmas with Biological Cells: Can Plasmas Play a Role in Modern Medicine?

Dr. Paul Lecoq

Senior Physicist at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland and Technical Director of European Center for Research in Medical Imaging in Marseilles

  • Development Of New Scintillating Crystals For High Energy Physics, Medical Imaging And Other Applications
  • Spin-Off From Particle Detectors In The Field Of Medicine And Biology
  • Metamaterials For Novel X Or Gamma Ray Detector Designs
  • Molecular Imaging Challenges With PET and SPECT Techniques
  • How to Improve Timing Resolution in Scintillators
  • Goals and Achievements of the EndoTOFPET-US FP7 Project

Dr. Patrick Le Du

Senior Scientific Advisor Institut National de Physique Nucleaire et de Physique des Particules, France

  • Application of Fundamental Physics Innovative Techniques and Tools to Other Fields
  • Innovative Concepts in Electronics and Data Acquisition for Biomedical Applications
  • Challenges of Particle Imaging for Hadron Therapy

Dr. John W. Luginsland

Principle Physical Scientist, Physics and Electronics Directorate Air Force Office of Scientific Research

  • Directed Energy – Advanced Technology for Defense at the Speed of Light

Prof. Dr. Abdallah Lyoussi

Experimental Physicist, French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission

  • Instrumentation and Measurement in Nuclear Environments

Dr. Patric Muggli

University of Southern California

  • Miniaturization of Particle Accelerators Using Plasmas
  • Plasma-based Radiation Sources
  • Ultra-fast Beam Diagnostics

Dr. Bucur Novac

Professor of Pulsed Power, Loughborough University UK

  • Magnetic Flux-Compression
  • Fast Transient Sensors

Dr. Sara Pozzi

University of Michigan

  • Dual Particle (Neutron and Gamma ray) Imaging
  • Monte Carlo Methods for Radiation Detection
  • Neutron Detection in Proton Therapy for Cancer Treatment
  • Science and Technology for Nuclear Treaty Verification

Dr. Martin Purschke

Brookhaven National Laboratory

  • Handling of Petabyte-Scale datasets in modern Physics Experiments
  • Introduction to Programming with CUDA

Dr. Luis M. S. Redondo

Pulsed Power Advanced Applications Group, Lisbon Superior Engineering Institute (GIAAPP/ISEL)

  • Solid-State Pulse Power on the Move!

Dr. Stefan Ritt

Paul Scherrer Institute

  • Know your Signals: Waveform Digitizing in the Giga-sample Range with Switched Capacitor Arrays
  • Real-time data visualization and control using modern Web technologies

Professor Alessandro Rizzo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Automation Politecnico di Bari Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica Via E. Orabona 4 70125 Bari – Italy

  • Soft Sensors and Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Archana Sharma

Senior staff scientist at CERN

  • Gaseous Radiation Detectors: Status, Trends and applications

Ron Schrimpf, Ph.D.

Orrin Henry Ingram Professor of Engineering Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Engineering Department Vanderbilt University

  • Radiation Effects and Soft Errors in Advanced Technologies

Dr. Manfred K.A. Thumm

Professor of Microwave Theory & Techniques, Emeritus Director Institute of Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

  • High-Power Low-Loss Micro- and Millimeter Wave Transmission
  • State-of-the Art of High-Power Gyro-Devices
  • The Physics of Vacuum Electron Devices

Dr. David W. Townsend

Director, A*STAR-NUS Clinical Imaging Research Centre Professor, National University of Singapore

  • The Evolution of Hybrid Imaging
  • Lost in Translation - From Basic Science to Clinical Reality

Dr. J. Pace VanDevender

Vice President Emeritus Sandia National Laboratories APS Fellow AAAS Fellow IEEE Senior Member

  • Ball Lightning--New Physics, New Energy Source, or Just Good Entertainment?

Dr. Jinyuan Wu

Engineer II, III, Particle Physics Division Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

  • Conventional and Unconventional Applications of Field-Programmable Gate Arrays
  • FPGA Based TDC: A Convenient Digitization Scheme and its Applications beyond Time Measurements
  • Tracking Triggers in High Energy Physics Experiments