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pulsedThe IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society Standing Technical Committee for Pulsed Power Science and Technology strives for the advancement of pulsed power science, technology and its application and is committed to maintain and promote high scientific and technical standards among the pulsed power community. The Committee shall aid in promoting cooperation and exchange of technical information among the pulsed power community. In particular, it will take responsibility for the following activities:

The field of interest of the pulsed power community represented by the Committee is the understanding, development and application of pulsed power to a variety of fields including but not limited to plasma physics, nuclear science, high power RF, and life sciences. The areas of technical activities shall include but are not limited to high power pulsed accelerators, pulsed power applications, pulse forming networks, high power switching, pulsed electrical insulation and breakdown, electromagnetic energy storage, explosive pulsed power techniques, high current electron and ion diodes, intense particle beams and the associated diagnostics.

Technical Committee Information

Committee News

Fully operating under new by-laws for the second year has been exciting and brought with it a number of positive changes. Foremost, the transition to an elected technical PPS&T committee is in full swing. At the time of writing, the PPS&T nominations have closed, and balloting shall commence in a few weeks. Not too long after the distribution of this newsletter, in September of 2017, the second set of four elected members of the PPS&T committee will be announced. Thank you to the eight very qualified members of the community who have shown their desire to serve on the committee and whose names appeared on the ballot. As we move forward, we would like to remind everyone in our community to assist each other in attaining professional recognition. Such recognition starts with nominating your collaborator or other professional contacts for IEEE senior member. The paperwork required for such a nomination is very limited, and the main requirement is that candidates shall have been in professional practice for at least ten years. Of course, I would like to encourage each distinguished member of our community to consider entering the process of elevation to the grade of IEEE Fellow. More information and contact information for our committee and its subcommittees may be found at ieee-npss.org under PPS&T. Finally, please look for a call for nominations for the 2018 Arthur Guenther Outstanding Student award, which has been awarded annually since 2016.

Upcoming Pulsed Power Conferences

IEEE Conferences

The 2019 IEEE Pulsed Power and Plasma Science Conference, PPPS 2019, will be held 22 June – 28 June 2019, in Orlando Florida. This international conference dedicated to pulsed power and plasma science, combining the IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference and the IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science.

The conference will be chaired and organized by Raymond Allan from NRL.

Important Dates:
Deadline for Abstract Submission:TBA, 2019
Early Registration Deadline: TBA, 2019
Conference: 22 to 28 June 2019

Technically Co-Sponsored Conferences

  • 2018 IPMHVC will be held in Jackson, WY, USA from June 3-7, 2018 at the Jackson Lake Lodge. The meeting is chaired by George Laity, Sandia National Laboratories.

Special Issues of Transactions on Plasma Science

  • The IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science is proud to announce another Special Issue on Pulsed Power Science and Technology, to be published tentatively in October 2018. The Standing Technical Committee, Pulsed Power Science and Technology of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, along with the Guest Editors, Stephen Bayne (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA), Bucur Novac (Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK), Heather O’Brien (Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, USA), and Hua Li (Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China), invite contributions to this issue. The objective of this Special Issue is to provide the widest possible distribution of archival quality papers detailing the unique and innovative developments in the areas of pulsed power science and technology. Contributions to the special issue will undergo the same rigorous review standards as typical for all IEEE Transactions and Journals.
  • List of previous special issues:
No. Year Guest Editors
11 2016 David Wetz, Stephen Bayne, Jose O. Rossi, Haiyun Luo, Yan Mi
10 2014 Mark Crawford, Ravi Joshi, Luis Redondo
9 2012 Ravi Joshi, Douyan Wang, David Wetz, Mark Sinclair
8 2010 Larry Altgilbers, Randy Curry, Weihua Jiang, Paul D. Smith
7 2008 Bryan Oliver, Randy Curry, Raymond Allen
6 2006 Jane Lehr, Bryan Oliver, Mark Savage
5 2004 James Dickens, John Mankowski, Jane Lehr
4 2002 Hulya Kirkici, Jane Lehr
3 2000 Hugh Kirbie, Steve Sampayan
2 1998 Robert Reinovsky, Peter Turchi
1 1997 Edl Shamiloglu, Kenneth Prestwich, William Baker, Gerald Cooperstein

Constitution and Bylaws

Standing Technical Committees - Voting Members

Raymond Allen
Chair of PPPS 2019
Naval Research Laboratory,
Plasma Physics Division,
Code 6770,
4555 Overlook Avenue SW,
Washington, D.C. 20375-5346
Phone: (202) 404-5324
Fax: (202) 767-2012
allen@nrl.navy.mil

Steve Calico
Industrial Advisory Committee
Raytheon Company
1300 Eubank Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM  87123
steve.e.calico@raytheon.com

Gerald Cooperstein
Fellow Nomination Committee
Retired from, and now consultant for, Naval Research Laboratory
Plasma Physics Division, Code 6770
4555 Overlook Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20375-5346
Phone: 202-767-2290
gerald.cooperstein.ctr@nrl.navy.mil

Mark Crawford
Elected AdCom Representative
General Chair, 2015 Pulsed Power Conference
Los Alamos National Laboratory
WX-5, MS P912
PO Box 1663
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Phone: 505-667-2104
mtc@lanl.gov

Randy D. Curry
Professor, University of Missouri,
311 Engineering Building West
Columbia, MO 65211
curryrd@missouri.edu

Susan Heidger
Vice Chair
Election Subcommittee
Sr. Research Physicist
AFRL/RDHP
3550 Aberdeen Ave. SE
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117
Phone: 505-853-4707
Fax: 505-853-3081
Susan.heidger@ieee.org

Frank Hegeler
Head of the Pulsed Energy Technology Section
Naval Research Laboratory
4555 Overlook Ave, SW
Washington DC, 20375
frank.hegeler@nrl.navy.mil

Keith LeChien
National Nuclear Security Administration
1000 Independence Ave SW
Washington DC 20585
Phone: 202 341 9915
Keith.lechien@nnsa.doe.gov

Joshua Leckbee
Committee Deputy Secretary
Sandia National Laboratories
MS-1178
P.O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM 87185
Phone: (505) 284-5591
Fax: (505) 284-6078
jjleckb@sandia.gov

Brent McHale
Finance Committee
National Security Engineering Division (www-eng.llnl.gov)
Lawrence Livermore National Lab (www.llnl.gov)
7000 East Ave, L-153
Livermore, California 94550
phone: (925) 422-8730
brent.mchale@ieee.org
mchale@llnl.gov

Georg Mueller
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology (IHM)
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1,
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
FR Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 721 608-24669
Mobile: +49 (0) 16097223199
Fax: +49 (0) 721 608-22823
georg.mueller@kit.edu

Andreas A. Neuber
Committee Chair
P.W. Horn Professor
Center for Pulsed Power & Power Electronics
ECE Department
Texas Tech University
Box 43102, Lubbock, TX 79409-3102
Phone: (806) 834-8270
Fax: (806) 742-1281
http://www.p3e.ttu.edu/
andreas.neuber@ttu.edu

Bucur Novac
International Advisory Committee
Loughborough University
School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
Phone: +44 (0)1509 222222
B.M.Novac@lboro.ac.uk

Bryan V. Oliver
Pulsed Power Technical Committee Awards Committee
General Chair, 2013 Pulsed Power Conference
Sandia National Laboratories
MS-1195
P.O. Box 5800 Albuquerque, NM 87185
Phone: (505) 284-7868
Fax: (505) 844-8467
bvolive@sandia.gov

Jose Rossi
Conference Cycler Scheduler
National Institute for Space Research – INPE
Av. dos Astronautas 1758,Sao Jose dos Campos, SP, Brazil, 12227-010
Phone: + 55 12 3208 6693
Fax: + 55 12 3208 6745
rossi@plasma.inpe.br

Nigel Seddon, MBE
Technical Expert – Novel Systems
MBDA UK Ltd
United Kingdom
Phone:   +44 (0) 117 931 6245
nigel.seddon@mbda-systems.com

Mark Sinclair
General Chair, 2017 Pulsed Power Conference
Pulsed Power and Radiography Group
AWE Aldermaston
Berkshire
RG7 4PR
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 118 9827992
mark.sinclair@awe.co.uk

Kenneth W. Struve
Dept. 5443, Sandia National Laboratories
PO Box 5800, MS 1173
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1173
Phone: (505) 845-7483
kwstruv@sandia.gov

David Alan Wetz Jr.
Committee Secretary
Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering Department
The University of Texas at Arlington
416 Yates Street, 537 Nedderman Hall
Arlington, Texas 76019
Phone: (817) 272-1058
Cell: (512) 788-0848
Fax: (817) 272-2253
Web: www.uta.edu/ee/powerlab
wetz@uta.edu

William M. White
Pulsed Power Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories,
PO Box 5800, MS 1197
Albuquerque, NM 87185
wmwhite@sandia.gov

Standing Technical Committees - Past Members

Pat Corcoran
L-3 Communications Pulse Sciences
2700 Merced Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone: (510) 577-7215
Fax: (510) 577-577-7129

Randy Curry
349 Engineering Building West)
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-3017 (office)
573-864-6819 (cell)
573-882-0397 (fax)

Steven J. Gitomer
Editor-in-Chief TPS
Los Alamos National Laboratory (Retired)
1428 Mirracerros Loop South
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 988-5751

W. Mark Henderson
DE T&E Capability – Navy Deputy
NAVAIR HPM S&T Lead
Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division
Code 4L4104D – Head, RF S&T Branch
1900 N. Knox Road, MS 6603
China Lake, CA 93555-6106
Bldg 5, Rm 1425A
(760) 939-2689 (office)
(760) 382-3206 (cell)
(760) 939-1409 (fax)
Mark.Henderson@navy.mil

Thomas W. Hussey
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
875 North Randolph Street, Suite 325
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 696-7556
Thomas.Hussey@afosr.af.mil

Weihua Jiang
Associate Editor Transactions on Plasma Science (Pulsed Power)
Extreme Energy-Density Research Institute
Nagaoka University of Technology
Kamitomioka 1603-1
Nagaoka, Niigata
940-2188, Japan
Phone +81-258-47-9892
Fax: +81-258-47-9890
jiang@nagaokaut.ac.jp

Ravi P. Joshi
Professor, Texas Tech University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Box 43102
Lubbock, TX 79409-3102
ravi.joshi@ttu.edu

Juergen Kolb
Committee Chair (2013 – 2015)
Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald)
Felix-Hausdorff-Strasse 2
17489 Greifswald, Germany
Phone: +49 3834 554 3950
Fax: +49 3834 554 301
webpage: www.pulsedpower.eu
juergen.kolb@inp-greifswald.de

Jane Lehr
University of New Mexico
Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering
211 Terrace St. NE, Bldg. 46
MSC01 1100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 277-2436
Fax: (505) 277-1439
jmlehr@unm.edu

Lisa Mattox
Sandia National Laboratories
MS-1244
PO Box 5800 Albuquerque, NM 87185
Phone: (505) 845-7482
Fax: (505) 844-0170

Frank Peterkin
(Awards Committee Chair)
Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren Division
Code Q20, Building 1470
17320 Dahlgren Road
Dahlgren, VA 22448-5100
Phone: (540) 653-2623
Fax: (540) 653-1506
Frank.Peterkin@navy.mil

Mark Rader
Treasurer, 2011 Pulsed Power Conference
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
SMDC-TC-AC
P.O. Box 1500
Huntsville, AL 35807-3801
Phone (256) 955 9205
Work Cell (256) 975 1037
mark.rader@smdc.army.mil
mrader@knology.net

Luís Redondo
Conference Publications
Pulsed Power Advanced Applications Group,
Lisbon Superior Engineering Institute (GIAAPP/ISEL)
Rua Conselheiro Emidio Navarro, 1
1959-007 Lisbon, Portugal
Phone: (+351) 218317010
lmredondo@deea.isel.ipl.pt

Robert E. Reinovsky
President, NPSS
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Pulsed Power Hydrodynamics
P.O. Box 1663, MS-D420
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Phone: (505) 667-8214
Fax: (505) 665-2828

Edl Schamiloglu
Secretary
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
MSC01 1100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 277-4423
Fax: (505) 277-1439

Ian D. Smith
Chair, PPS&T Awards Committee
L-3 Communications Pulse Sciences
2700 Merced St.
San Leandro, CA 94577-0599
Phone: (510) 577-7151
Fax: (510) 577-7129

Roger White
L-3 Communications Pulse Sciences (Retired)
4611 East Talmadge Drive
San Diego, CA 92116-4829
Phone: 619 282 6094

Technical Committee History

The history of the Pulsed Power Conference and the Committee responsible for the organization started with the first conference held in Lubbock, Texas, in 1976. The conference attracted already about 200 attendees. We like to believe that the biannual meeting has since then become the most important forum for the exchange of advances in Pulsed Power Science and Technology and respective applications. The Conference Proceedings constitute a comprehensive record of accomplishments for more than a quarter of a century. Outstanding accomplishments are recognized by prestigious awards since 1981. The Erwin Marx Award was given for the first time at the 3rd Pulsed Power Conference to J. “Charly” Martin. The inaugural Peter Haas Award was presented to Magne “Kris” Kristiansen in 1987. In the same year also the first outstanding students were awarded.

Through 1995 the Pulsed Power Conference was affiliated with IEEE and sponsored by Pulsed Power Conference Inc. Starting in 1997 this private not-for-profit organization then became a Technical Committee in NPSS. Another milestone in our history was joining forces of PSAC and PPST and combining the International Conference on Plasma Science and the Pulsed Power Conference for the first Pulsed Power and Plasma Sciences Conference in Las Vegas in 2001 – a meeting which found the interest of more than 1000 attendees. With the 23rd Pulsed Power Conference to be held from May 31 to June 4, 2015, in Austin, Texas, the conference series and the community in charge of the organization will look back at a history of roughly 40 years. During this time many students of the founders of the conference have come into a position to carry on torch and legacy. This year we are now taking the next big step in becoming an elected committee. This way we are accounting for the growing interest in Pulsed Power Science and Technology around the world. I would like to encourage all researchers – students and experienced professionals – that are engaged in this field to participate and contribute to our ongoing success.

For Committee Members

Next committee meeting: Next committee meeting: Dallas, TX, Nov 7th, 2017, 8 am to 5 pm; location TBD (close to DFW)

For PPS&T Committee Members: Please email PPS&T Chair to gain access to past records of the PPS&T Committee Meetings and NPSS AdCom Meetings.

The Erwin Marx Award

About The Erwin Marx Award

The Erwin Marx Award recognizes outstanding contributions to pulsed power technology by an individual over an extended period of time. The first Erwin Marx Award was presented at the 3rd IEEE Pulsed Power Conference (June 1981). The Erwin Marx Award was dedicated to the memory of Professor Marx and his concept of the Cascade Impulse Voltage Generator that bears his name. Professor Marx passed away on January 11, 1980, just prior to his 87th birthday. The High Voltage Institute of the Technical University of Braunschweig, where Professor Marx conducted his research, has graciously allowed the Pulsed Power Conferences to present the Erwin Marx Award in his name. A brief review of Professor Marx’s career is presented in the Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, Albuquerque, NM, June 6 – 8, 1983, p. 51.

Prize: Funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s International Pulsed Power Conference this award consist of $3,000 and a plaque.

Eligibility and Basis for Judgement: Individuals who have made outstanding technical contributions to pulsed power technology for at least ten years are eligible for this award.

  1. Importance of technical contributions to pulsed power research or development over at least a ten year period. (50%)
  2. Importance of technical contributions made by teams led by the candidate. (20%)
  3. Quality and significance of publications and patents (20%)
  4. Years of technical distinction (10%).

The award is in consideration for outstanding technical accomplishments. The nominee is not required to be a member of the NPSS or IEEE but, where candidates have otherwise equal qualifications, preference shall be given to the candidate who is a member of the IEEE.

Presentation: Biennially, with presentation in odd numbered years at the IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference Awards Banquet.

Nominations For The Erwin Marx Award

Marx Award Form

In addition to the nomination form, a nominating letter and CV may be provided as an attachment to the form. It is also encouraged, though not required, to provide up to three letters of reference (maximum 2 pages in length each).

Submission Deadline: December 1

Send nominations to: Dr. Bryan Oliver

2017 Recipient

Sergei Rukin was awarded the 2017 Erwin Marx Award “For pioneering work in the discovery of the SOS effect, a nanosecond current cutoff in silicon semiconductors at high current densities.”

1981-Present Past Recipients

1981 J.C. “Charlie” Martin
1983 Ian D. Smith
1985 Thomas H. Martin
1987 Ihor M. Vitkovitsky
1989 Kenneth R. Prestwich
1991 Gennady A. Mesyats
1993 Phillip W. Spence
1995 A. Richard Miller
1997 Boris M. Kovalchuk
1999 Peter J. Turchi
2001 Malcolm Buttram
2003 Vladimir K. Chernyshev
2005 Leland Schlitt
2007 David L. Johnson
2009 John T. Naff
2011 Patrick Corcoran
2013 Ian R. McNab
2015 William A. Stygar
2017 Sergei Rukin

The Peter Haas Award

About The Peter Haas Award

The Peter Haas Award recognizes individuals whose efforts, over an extended period, have greatly benefited the pulsed power field through the development of important applications or areas of activity including research, education, and information exchange.

The Peter Haas Award recognizes outstanding contributions to pulsed power technology resulting from an individual’s continued effort to develop programs of research, education, and information exchange that are the basis for progress in pulsed power. The Peter Haas Award was established at the 6th IEEE Pulsed Power Conference (June 1987) and bears the name of the late Peter Haas who was recognized at the 2nd Pulse Power Conference (1979) “for many contributions to a strong and vigorous pulsed power program through sound management, steadfast conviction, and farsighted technical acumen.” Today, the Peter Haas Award honors those individuals that share Peter’s dedication, leadership, and administrative vision for pulsed power.

This award is $3,000 and Plaque.

Funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s International Pulsed Power Conference budget.

Presented biennially, with presentation in odd numbered years at the IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference Awards Banquet.

Eligibility and Basis for Judging

Any individual who has demonstrated sustained contributions to developing, managing or influencing programs, education or information exchange that has lead to important advances in the field of pulsed power.

1. Importance of contributions to pulsed power through developing, managing or influencing programs, education, or information exchange (40 points); 2. Demonstrated leadership and service to the field of pulsed power (30 points); 3. Importance of the technical contributions to pulsed power research or development (20 points); 4. Years of service advancing or enlarging the field of pulsed power (10 points). The award will consider the total benefit conferred on pulsed power by the individual. The nominee is not required to be a member of the NPSS or IEEE, but where candidates have otherwise equal qualifications, preference shall be given to the candidate who is a member of the IEEE.

Nominations

Haas Award Form— In addition to the nomination form, a nominating letter and CV may be provided as an attachment to the form. It is also encouraged, though not required, to provide up to three letters of reference (maximum 2 pages in length each).

Submission Deadline: December 1

Send nominations to: Dr. Bryan Oliver

2017 Recipient

Ron Gilgenbach was awarded the 2017 Peter Haas Pulsed Power Award “In recognition of his leadership, mentorship and advancements in education in the field of pulsed enabled plasma physics.”

1987-Present Past Recipients

1987 Magne “Kris” Kristiansen
1989 Arthur H. Guenther
1991 Gerold Yonas
1993 Alan C. Kolb
1995 Bernard H. Bernstein
1997 William L. Baker
1999 Gerald Cooperstein
2001 Dillon H. McDaniel
2003 Hidenori Akiyama
2005 Robert Reinovsky
2007 Karl H. Schoenbach
2009 John E. Maenchen
2011 Roger White
2013 Scott J. MacGregor
2015 Edl Schamiloglu
2017 Ron Gilgenbach

The Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

About The Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

The Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee’s Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award (established in 1997) was renamed the Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award in 2007 following the passing of Dr. Guenther. The Award is to recognize outstanding contributions as a student in pulsed power engineering, science or technology. A recipient is selected each year but awarded biennially at the Pulsed Power Conference Banquet.

This award is $1,000 and Certificate.

Funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s International Pulsed Power Conference budget.

Awarded annually, with presentation at the biennial IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference Awards Banquet.

Eligibility and Basis for Judging

Any full time undergraduate or graduate university student in pulsed power engineering or science. The nominee must be a student when nominated.

1. Quality of research contributions (40 points);

2. Quality of educational accomplishments (30 points);

3. Quality and significance of publications and patents (30 points).

Nominations

Guenther Award Form — In addition to the nomination form, a nominating letter and CV may be provided as an attachment to the form. It is also encouraged, though not required, to provide up to three letters of reference (maximum 2 pages in length each).

Submission Deadline: December 1

Send nominations to: Dr. Bryan Oliver

2016-2017 Recipients

2016 Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

Dimitry Mikitchuk, recognized for his achievements in the development and implementation of non-invasive localized magnetic-field diagnostics for pulsed-power systems

Shelby Lacouture, recognized for his achievements in the design and build of multiple pulsed power systems and the design and prototyping of a 3-D static magnetic field imager.

2017 Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

David Yanuka, recognized for his research on implosion of shock waves generated by underwater electrical explosion of wire arrays.

Past Recipients 1981-Present

1981 Timothy S. Sullivan
1983 Charles H. Harjes
1985 Anthony Donaldson
1987 Richard A. Korzekwa
1989 Mary Baker, F. Mark Lehr, and Michael Mazzola
1991 Thomas G. Engel
1993 David C. Stoudt and Frank Hegeler
1995 Mark T. Crawford
1997 Raymond J. Allen
1999 Ron Arad
2001 Kelly Hahn and Tammo Heeren
2003 Gary Brent McHale and Thomas A. Holt
2005 Joshua Leckbee and Michael Butcher
2006 David Wetz
2007 Gregory F. Edmiston
2008 Jamie Darling
2009 Andrew J. Young
2010 Sarita Prasad
2011 Jonathan Foster
2012 Shurik Yatom and Jouya Jadidian
2013 Jacob Stephens
2014 Christopher Leach
2015 Sterling Beeson
2016 Dimitry Mikitchuk
2016 Shelby Lacouture
2017 David Yanuka

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